(AUSTIN, Texas) – Two Cavaliers have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida).
Both Kaitlyn Barber and Sarah Berger earned the distinction for the third time in their illustrious careers, but this is the first time that each were placed on the First Team. Berger was a Second Team selection each of the last two seasons, while Barber was a Second Team choice in 2017 and a Third Team pick in 2016.
The two Walsh stars were two of just four student-athletes to be a three-time selection, and two of three three-time selections on the First Team.
Barber graduated with a 3.97 as a pre-PT major in biology. The senior from Toledo, Ohio is also an extremely decorated athlete who is a four-time All-American. The pole vault specialist finished fourth at the 2018 indoor national championships, fourth at the 2017 outdoor national championships, third at the 2017 indoor national championships, and 14th at the 2016 outdoor national championships.
Berger graduated with a 3.92 GPA as a pre-med major. The senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, is one of the most decorated student-athletes in the history of Walsh University. She recently won the 1,500 meter national championship and became a 10-time All-American in Charlotte last month. She has been an All-Region selection in four different sports during her career, and finished runner-up nationally in four other events.
Together, Berger and Barber helped the Cavaliers finish No. 19 at the 2018 outdoor national championships, No. 12 at the 2018 indoor national championships, No. 20 at the 2017 outdoor national championships, and No. 9 at the 2017 indoor national championships. Berger also helped the women's cross country finish No. 12 at the 2017 national championships.
The 15 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division II women's track & field/cross country first team members hold a composite 3.94 GPA. Nineteen members of the 45-player first, second and third teams honorees hold a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA. Ten Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division II women's track & field/cross country selections are repeat picks from the 2016-17 honor listing, including five student-athletes making the 2017-18 first team, two selections to the second team and three represented on this year's third team. Along with Konieczek, the nine other repeat performers from the women's team include Walsh University's Kaitlyn Barber and Sarah Berger, California University of Pennsylvania's Julie Friend and Summer Hill, Valerie Griesche of Wingate University, Saint Augustine's University's Shakera Hall, Saint Leo University's Colett Rampf, Eileen Stressling of Azusa Pacific University and University of Minnesota Duluth's Emi Trost. Northern State University's Sasha Hovind is a repeat Academic All-America first team honoree after being named to the first team in 2015-16.