Courtesy of G-MAC
INDIANAPOLIS – From national championship-qualifying teams, Walsh collected the final Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Athletes of the Week selections for the fall season on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers men's and women's programs learned they would be traveling to Evansville, Ind., for the NCAA Championships after their performances from the NCAA Midwest Regional meet held at Cedarville.
Walsh's fantastic postseason continues after the women finished runner-up at the Great Midwest Cross Country Championships in Nashville. The men emerged as team champions in their first year with the league.
Men's Athlete of the Week
Uniontown, OH (Lake HS)
Kernell was the top finisher for all of the men's competitors representing the Great Midwest on Saturday. He finished third out of nearly 200 runners in the 10K distance with a time of 31:26.00.
Walsh finished fourth out of 28 teams from the Great Midwest, GLVC and GLIAC, while securing one of eight at-large selections to the national meet when the field was announced on Monday afternoon.
Even if the Cavaliers hadn't received an at-large bid, the junior was already locked as an individual qualifier to run at the NCAA Championships hosted by Southern Indiana this year.
Kernell was the runner-up at the Great Midwest Conference Championship as he finished second out of 130 runners.
Kernell recorded a time that officially ranks sixth all-time in conference history since 2012. The fastest 10K time on record was run by Benjamin Tuttle (Cedarville) back in 2015 at the NCAA Championships.
Kernell has excelled as one of the Cavaliers' top-flight runners this season, recorded three of the top-10 times clocked in the 8K distance around the conference this year.
Women's Athlete of the Week
Wadsworth, OH (Wadsworth HS)
Berger was crowned the NCAA Midwest Regional individual champion with another noteworthy performance in her senior season. The reigning Great Midwest Runner of the Year earned weekly league honors for the fourth time this season.
The Cavaliers' women placed third out of 28 programs from either the Great Midwest, GLVC or GLIAC. Walsh qualified for the NCAA Championships in Evansville, Ind., along with the Walsh men's program and also the Hillsdale women's program.
Berger headlined three Great Midwest competitors that crossed the finish line in order 1, 2 and 3, with a time of 21:19.30 at Cedarville's Elvin R. King Course.
Teammates Andra Lehotay and Brianna Coy joined Berger on stage as members of the USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region Team.
Berger, who already owns the all-time conference 6K and 5K records, clocked the fourth-best 6K time in league history.