Track & Field National Championship Central

Track & Field National Championship Central

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – The 2017-18 athletic season will conclude this week at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Also ending will be the incredible athletic careers of three All-Americans at Walsh. Kaitlyn Barber, Sarah Berger, and Marcus Myers will all don the Maroon and Gold for the final time competitively.

Another All-American in Andra Lehotay and national championship newcomer Jacob Kernell will also attempt to help the Cavaliers' points position in the final standings.

The championships will be held May 24-26 in Charlotte at the Irwin Belk Complex. Johnson C. Smith University will serve as the host of the championships. The championships will be streamed live on each day.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Specific to Walsh Athletes):
12 p.m. – Men's Hammer Throw (Marcus Myers)
2 p.m. – Women's Pole Vault (Kaitlyn Barber)
5:25 p.m. – Women's 1500 Meters Prelims (Sarah Berger and Andra Lehotay)
6:40 p.m. – Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase Prelims (Jacob Kernell)
4 p.m. – Men's Discus Throw (Marcus Myers)
7:35 p.m. – Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase Finals
3:55 p.m. – Women's 1500 Meters Finals
6:35 p.m. – Women's 5000 Meters (Sarah Berger)

Both Berger and Myers will be competing in two events. Berger qualified for more, but has officially declared for the 1,500 meter run and the 5,000 meter run. She will enter with the top seed time in the 1,500 meters at 4:18.67 which she recorded at the Raleigh Relays on March 30. Her best 5K time was recorded more recently as she ran a 16:18.85 at Hillsdale's GINA Relays on April 26. The time ranks fifth in the nation.

Myers also comes in as a top seed in the hammer throw. His mark of 67.12 meters set the standard at Ashland's Alumni Open on April 27. The next closest mark is nearly nine feet back at 64.38 meters. He will also compete in the discus where he stands No. 13 in the country with a seed mark of 54.16 meters set at the G-MAC outdoor championships on May 3.

Barber will close out her excellent career in the pole vault. She will enter with the seventh-best mark in the field at 4.00 meters. Barber recorded the mark at Ashland's Alumni Open on April 27.

Lehotay will once again join Berger in the 1,500. The sophomore sensation's best time this season stands at 4:23.48 also recorded at the Raleigh Relays on March 30.

Kernell joins the field after making the most of the last chance meets a week ago. Previously on the outside looking in, Kernell went to the North Central College Dr. Keeler Meet last Thursday and ran a 9:00.76 to vault him into the top 15. He'll have the No. 14 seed time of those who declared.