|Women's Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Track & Field|
Karin Von Berg, a member of the Class of 1981, was a standout athlete at Middlebury who excelled on the cross country course and track while also competing as a Nordic skier.
In the fall of 1978, Von Berg dominated the regional cross country circuit, before she captured the New England Cross Country Championship to qualify for nationals. In the midst of the cross-country season, she competed with 4,500 runners in the Bonne Bell 10K National Championship for Women in Boston, finishing in 15th place among the elite women runners of the day.
In the spring of 1979, Von Berg defeated nearly 600 racers to win the Friehoffer’s National AAU 10K Championship in Albany, with a personal-best time of 34:26. She went on to win two NESCAC Championships on the track, capturing the 1,500- and 5,000-meter races. Her time of 4:28.9 in the 1,500 was a school—and a NESCAC Championship—meet record that still stands today. She also set school and conference records with her 17:01 effort in the 5,000.
In the Nationals that spring, and racing against competitors from Division I, II, and III, Von Berg turned in an impressive fifth-place finish in the 5,000, covering the course in 16:59.1. This effort earned her All-American honors and was a school record for 34 years.
In the spring of her senior year, Von Berg earned All-American honors on the track by finishing second in the 1,500 and sixth in the 3,000 at nationals. Her time of 9:50.4 in the 3,000 was a school record. Weeks before, she won both events at the Eastern Championships.
Von Berg also competed for the Nordic ski team at Middlebury, making the carnival team and placing eighth in her first collegiate race.