BIRMINGHAM – The Berry College men placed fifth at the 2016 SAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which concluded on Saturday at BSC. The Vikings' 80 points were 40 more than the 2015 team. BC was just 20.5 points behind fourth place Hendrix.
"I was very pleased with our performance this weekend and our 80 points exceeded my expectations," Berry Head Coach Luke Syverson said. "More than the team score, we had tons of PRs across the board and it was a great way for our team to finish the season."
Berry's highlight on Saturday was the championship title won in the 800m by freshman Will Knowlton. He out-kicked several runners in the last 100m to win his first SAA title in 1:56.96. "Will's race was one for the ages and really fired up the team towards the end of the meet," said Syverson.
Junior Chris Lilly earned a sixth place finish in the triple jump with a new PR of 42' 1.25". Sophomore Gino Fabrizio just missed all-conference honors in the Discus with a PR of 41.23m. Sam Berendsen ran to a runner-up finish in the 1500, and teammate Jonathan Gogel was seventh--both with lifetime PRs.
Sophomore Rory Fleming finished sixth in both the 110H (15.56) and 400H (59.83) finals and recorded PRs in both races. Berry's 4x100 relay team of Fleming, Kyle Bernard, Lilly, and Quincy Watford recorded a fifth place finish.
A select few Vikings will continue their season with one last meet at the Dr. Keeler Invite hosted by North Central College in Illinois, on May 12 and 13.