Women's Track Began Competition at SAA

Lauren Nation and Rachel Dorris
Lauren Nation and Rachel Dorris

by Nicole Fredette

Sewanee, Tenn. -- The Southern Athletic Association Championships began on Friday April 26th at the University of the South's campus. Three runners from Berry women's track team raced in the 10K.

Senior team captain Lauren Nation was seeded fourth going into the race. Nation dropped more than 30 seconds off of her previous personal record. She posted a 41:19.07 and placed third.

"The 10K was definitely a mentally challenging race," Nation said. "Rachel (Dorris) and I took the lead in the beginning and worked together, trading off laps. It was fun leaving everything I had on the track and ending the season on a good note."

Freshman Rachel Dorris raced the 10K and was seeded sixth. Dorris also had a breakthrough race, and dropped more than one minute off of her previous personal record. She clocked in at 41:19.76 and finished fourth in the 10K.

"It was one of the most competitive and aggressive races of my running career," Dorris said. "It was stressful at times because Lauren and I were constantly changing places, but it kept me alert. Lauren pushed me, and we showed good teamwork."

Junior Katy Jordan ran her first 10K. She clocked a 46:05.91 and placed ninth out of ten runners.

On Saturday April 27th Nation, Dorris, Jordan, and the rest of the Berry women's track team will compete at the SAA Championships.