By Rhett Butler, Sports Information Assistant
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Berry College Track and Field teams closed two days of competition at East Tennessee State University’s indoor facilities on Saturday. The meet drew competition from across multiple NCAA Divisions.
Many of the sprint event preliminary rounds took place on Friday, with 5000m finals that night, while Saturday saw finals in the sprints and distance races, as well as field events.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Freshman CJ Stone clocked 7.21 seconds for the men’s 60m, while senior Quincy Watford clocked 7.24 seconds to win his heat.
- CJ Stone came back a few hours later to race the 200m prelims, clocking 23.31 seconds.
- Freshman Carson Butler posted a mark of 10.66m in the women’s weight throw, placing 6th overall
- Juniors Rhett Butler and Robert Bevins raced the 5000m finals, posting times of 16:22.69 and 16:32.08, respectively. Butler’s time was a personal best.
- Sophomore Will Knowlton and freshman MaryBeth Rowland raced the seeded heats of the 800m. Knowlton posted a time of 1:59.18, and Rowland clocked 2:27.48
- Junior Alainna Chretien ran the seeded heat of the women’s Mile, posting a 5:20.07 in a competitive field.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“It was good to see Rhett Butler come out and PR in the 5k Friday night after dealing with injuries most of last season. Overall we were pretty flat in the other event areas and performed a little below our potential but we are still in training mode right now. This will end up being a good meet for us and serve its purpose if learn from it and work on those areas as we build towards outdoor season. We always have one meet where I use the quote ‘Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted,’ and I think that will apply to this meet.” - Head Coach, Luke Syverson
The Vikings have two more indoor meetings on the schedule, both at the University of the South, on February 11th and 17th.