(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – A pair of national champions have been selected as the 2017-18 Walsh University Athletes of the Year. Sarah Berger has won the award for an unprecedented fourth year in a row after winning the 1,500 meter run, while Marcus Myers was the selection on the men's side.
Berger had already solidified herself as one of the all-time greats to wear the Maroon and Gold, but her national championship in at the outdoor track & field championships in May was the icing on the cake. After two more runner-up finishes in cross country and the distance medley relay, the Norton native finally reached the top of the podium in the 1,500. It was Walsh's first NCAA national championship for a women's sport, and second-ever behind the women's basketball championship in 1997-1998.
Berger also placed third in the indoor mile and ninth in the outdoor 5,000 meter run to earn five All-American honors this year and 10 for her career. She qualified for the national championships in nine events between cross country and track & field.
G-MAC championships and honors flooded her trophy case with ease this season. She was the individual champion in cross country, indoor mile, outdoor steeplechase, and 1,500, with conference records set in the steeplechase and 5,000. Berger also ran on the first place DMR team.
As a result, Berger was named the Female Great Midwest Collegiate Achievement Award winner, Midwest Regional Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Midwest Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, G-MAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Meet and Year, and G-MAC Athlete of the Week seven times.
Not only could she perform in competition, but she was one of the best in the classroom as well. After she graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.92, Berger was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-American First Team by CoSIDA.
Myers incredible year was also capped by two All-American performances to give him four for his career. He opened the national championships by winning the hammer throw in the first event of the meet. Myers later finished seventh in the discus.
His national championship is Walsh's first on the men's side in the NCAA era and first since Joe Morgan won the indoor long jump in 2010. Combined with his points in the discus, Myers scored all of Walsh's points to put the Cavaliers in a tie for No. 19 at the national championships. He also qualified for the indoor national championships in the weight throw.
After his record hammer throw of 66.23 (217 feet 3 inches) at the Cavaliers Invitational, Myers was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week for the week of April 18.
Myers also loaded the trophy case with regional and conference honors. He was named Midwest Outdoor Regional Field Athlete of the Year, the G-MAC Men's Field Athlete of the Meet and Year, the G-MAC Champion in the hammer and discus, the G-MAC record holder in the hammer, and the G-MAC Athlete of the Week three times.