WSU’s Callister earns invite to prestigious track event

June 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Weber State women’s track and field standout Sarah Callister has been selected to represent the United States at the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean U-23 Championships, scheduled for July 6-8 in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The NACAC Athletic Association’s U-23 Championships are held every two years in one of the 32 member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association.

Callister was chosen to compete in the 10,000 meters by USA Track & Field based on the performance rank order list for all age-eligible athletes. The 2012 NACAC U-23 team consists of two athletes per individual event, plus additional members selected for relay pools.

Callister, a native of Ogden and graduate of Ogden High School, had an incredible year as a member of the Weber State women’s cross country and track and field teams. In the past year she won four Big Sky Conference titles in indoor and outdoor track. At the 2012 indoor track championships she won the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters and was second in the mile in helping Weber State win the conference title. For her performance she was named the female athlete of the meet.

In outdoor track, she won the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters at the conference meet for the third consecutive season, becoming the first athlete in conference history to win both events in three straight years. She qualified for the NCAA first round championship in the 10,000 meters and just missed advancing to the NCAA championships.

She also set a Weber State and Big Sky record in the 10,000 meters in outdoor track and posted five times on the school’s all-time top 10 list.

Last fall in cross country, she earned All-Conference honors by finishing fifth at the Big Sky Championships, helping Weber State win the conference title.

For the second-straight year, Callister has earned Academic All-America honors. Callister was named to the third team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

She becomes just the fourth student-athlete in Weber State history in any sport to earn Academic All-Americn honors twice in a career.

Callister carries a 4.00 G.P.A. in nursing at Weber State and was named the school’s female athlete of the year for the second straight year.