Former BHS track star thriving on the big stage

Former BHS track star thriving on the big stage


Berlin High School alumna Catherine Voelpel, now running for the University of Maryland, placed fifth in the 600 at the Big Ten indoor track championships and was a member of the third-place 4x400 relay team.

Voelpel, a senior, improved upon her school record in the 600, running a career-best 1:30.04 in the finals.

In the 4x400, Voelpel teamed with Lisa Meneau, Thaila Cooper and Micha Powell to clock a 3:35.97. The time broke a 15-year school record in the event (3:37.87) set in 2002.

“I’m impressed with the way our group rallied and fought to secure high place finishes across several events,” Maryland coach Andrew Valmon said. “We set new records and made a strong presence amongst the Big Ten, and it’s great to see all the hard work these ladies have put in all season paid off. It’s fitting that the meet ended with our 4x400 relay team breaking a 15-year-old school record. Now the waiting game begins to see who gets into the NCAA Championships.”

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