Berry ranks 14th at XC Regionals

Berry ranks 14th at XC Regionals

By: Nicole Fredette

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Berry women's cross country team ranked 14th out of 27 teams in the Cross Country Regionals meet. A total of 193 runners raced the 6040m course, and Maddie Murphy from Trinity (Texas) College won the race with a time of 21:33.89. Trinity also won the Regionals meet. Results

SAA Conference schools were represented well at the Regionals meet: Centre (4th), Rhodes (5th), Sewanee (6th), BSC (9th), Berry (14th), and Hendrix (24th). The Berry women's team met their goal of making the top 15 of the Regionals meet.

Senior and team captain Charlotte Collins placed 31st, achieving all-region honors after postin a solid 23:38.35. "I've waited for years for this opportunity," Collins said. "We have really found our niche as a team at this debut race. This experience as a whole was exciting and encouraging for Berry cross country."

Freshman Danielle Ferro posted a 24:20.75. Ferro placed 60th overall. Junior Hibah Abuhamdieh placed 95th with a time of 25:17.31. Abuhamdieh was only 3 seconds off her personal record from Furman.

"I'm so proud of everyone, for the guys and girls," Abuhamdieh says. "I am so happy to see how well we did, and we got top 15, which is what we wanted. It was cool to be at Regionals and exciting to be able to race great runners. It was a great way to end the season."

Sophomore Rachel Dorris clocked in at 25:35.31. Sophomore Emily Kaelin posted a 26:27.58, dropping 2 seconds off her personal record from SAA Cross Country Championships.  Finishing right behind Kaelin was junior Nicole Fredette. Fredette finished with a time of 26:30.84. Junior Kayla Heflin broke the 27 minute barrier with a time of 26:58.98, only 10 seconds off her personal record at Furman.

The women's cross country team will transition to track training and race in January 2014.