(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – The Walsh women's track & field team fell short in its bid for the G-MAC Championship, but the Cavaliers still finished second in the overall field. The Maroon and Gold finished with 98.5 points overall and added a couple of more first place finishes in individual events.
A bulk of the points came in the mile run as Sarah Berger added another conference championship to her incredible career as she crossed the finish line with a time of 4:57.47. Andra Lehotay was right behind her in second place with a time of 5:00.34 for eight more points. Tori Reeves followed in fourth with a time of 5:06.84 for five points, and Bre Bakan closed out the scoring in the event with an eighth place time of 5:19.25 for one points.
The other first place finish went to Kaitlyn Barber in the pole vault as she easily won with a mark of 3.77 meters, .3 better than the second place finisher.
Jetaiya Smith had another big day as she finished second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.56. She also was the lead leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that finished fifth with a time of 4:08.88. Rachael Kotoch, Bakan, and Megan Soehnlen also ran on the team.
Berger added a second place finish as well in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:15.64. She was one of three Cavaliers to place in the event as Lehotay came in fourth at 2:17.49 and Soehnlen finished eighth with a time of 2:21.34.
Christine Fiegl finished sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 10.25 meters for three points. She also tied for seventh in the high jump with Lake Erie's Hailey Nielsen with a height of 1.52 meters to evenly split three points at 1.5 each.
Morrisa Mallory added a sixth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 12.91 meters and Alexa Leppelmeier finished eighth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:31.77 to round out the Walsh scoring.
The Cavs now wait to see who qualifies for the national championships in two weeks. That meet will take place in Pittsburg, Kansas on March 9 and 10.