MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Berry women's track team competed at the Rhodes Invitational held on Saturday. The women raced in a variety of events, including the 10K, 5K, mile, 800m, 4x800m, and 4x400m. SAA Conference schools Centre, Rhodes, and Milsaps also competed in the meet. Full Results
Freshman Rachel Dorris opened up the meet with a personal record. She raced the 10K for the first time ever in college and finished seventh for Berry. She dropped 25 seconds off her PR, finishing with a time of 42:39.
"The 10K on the track was a new level of racing mentally and physically for me," said Dorris. "But my last lap was faster than all my other laps, and I've never done that before. It was exciting to be able to finish stronger and race a PR."
The next event of the day was the 5K. Senior and team captain Lauren Nation, junior Charlotte Collins, sophomore Nicole Fredette, and freshman Stephanie Mimbs competed in this event. Collins finished first for Vikings with a time of 20:02. Nation raced a personal record time of 20:18, dropping 14 seconds off of her previous PR. Mimbs also ran a PR with a time of 21:39, dropping over 30 seconds off of her last 5K time. Fredette posted a time of 22:16.
Five Vikings competed in the mile. Junior Allison Preg finished first for Berry with a time of 6:09. Junior Katy Jordan posted a time of 6:32, and sophomore Kayla Heflin clocked in at 6:34. Sophomore Annika Stryker finished with a time of 6:43. Freshman Claire Park raced a 7-minute flat mile.
Sophomore Leslie Stewart and freshmen Emily Kaelin and Mallory Campbell raced the 800m. Kaelin raced a personal record time of 2:35.1 and Campbell finished right behind with a 2:35.2 clocking. This was Campbell's first race for the Vikings. Stewart posted a personal record time of 2:44, dropping six seconds off of her previous PR.
The Berry women's team also competed in two relay events: the 4x800m and the 4x400m. Heflin, Mimbs, Fredette, and Park made up the 4x800m relay team, and they finished with a time of 11:38. Collins, Kaelin, Campbell, and Stryker made the 4x400m team. They posted a time of 4:45.
The Vikings will race again next in Atlanta at the Emory Invitational on March 22-23rd.