By Nicole Fredette for berryvikings.com
SEWANEE, Tenn. -- The Berry women's track team competed in its second indoor track meet of the season at University of the South in Tennessee. The 12 Vikings ran against six teams in their conference: Birmingham Southern, Milsaps, Sewanee, Emory, Mississippi College, and Ogelthorpe. They competed in the mile, 800m, 3000m, and the 4x400m relay.
Junior Charlotte Collins, freshman Rachel Dorris, freshman Emily Kaelin, sophomore Annika Stryker, and freshman Claire Park raced the mile. Collins paced the first 8 laps around the 160m track, and then made her move on the last two laps to take first place for the mile. She posted a 5:43.96 mile personal record. Dorris placed second in the mile, running a 5:47.20. Kaelin is a new runner for the Berry team, and she raced a solid mile time of 6:02.79. Stryker clocked in at 6:36.94, running a college best time for the mile. Park finished with a time of 6:37.26.
"Going into an indoor meet, you never know what you're going to get," Stryker said, but I ended up running faster than I ever have in college." "I was very excited about my time, and I'm even more excited about all the [track] meets to come."
Sophomores Nicole Fredette and Leslie Stewart raced in the 800m. Fredette finished third with a time of 2:41.80. Stewart raced a time of 2:50.93.
The next event for the day was the 3000m, just short of two miles. Senior and team captain Lauren Nation, freshman Stephanie Mimbs, junior Katy Jordan, and sophomore Kayla Heflin competed in this event. Nation finished third and raced a time of 11:42.58. Mimbs had never run in the 3000m before, yet she posted a time that was equivalent to a 2 mile personal record. Mimbs finished with a time of 12:04.01. Jordan clocked in at 13:13.30. Heflin achieved a personal record and finished the race in 13:15.86.
For the 4x400m relays, there were two women's Berry relay teams. Team A consisted of Collin, Stryker, Dorris, and Fredette. Park, Junior Allison Preg, Kaelin, and Stewart raced for Berry Team B. Team A ran an overall time of 4:53.05, and they placed second in the event. Team B raced an overall time of 5:11.53.
The Sewanee meet completes the end of indoor track for the Vikings. Berry's next track meet will be an outdoor meet and held at the University of North Florida on March 1st-2nd.