Women's Cross Country Second at SAA Championships

Women's Cross Country Second at SAA Championships

DANVILLE, Ky.-- The Berry College Cross Country teams raced this weekend at the 2015 SAA Conference Championships, hosted by Centre College at the Admiral's Stadium cross country course. The Viking women placed second--the best in their SAA history, second to Rhodes College. Full Results

Junior Danielle Ferro led the way for Berry. She placed second overall with a time of 23:01.6. Ferro garnered SAA First Team All-Conference honors.

Next for the Vikings was the duo of sophomore Alainna Chretien and freshman Ellie Sanders, placing 10th and 11th and going 24:05.6 and 24:09.2 respectively. Chretien, setting a personal record of 28 seconds, earned second team all-conference honors. Sanders, who set a personal record by 17.6 seconds, earned SAA Honorable Mention.

"We were very competitive as a team," said Chretien. "It was a pretty good feeling coming across that line and knowing that we gave it all on that course."

Senior Rachel Dorris clocked 24:52.5, a season-best, for 17th place. Sophomore Nina Thomason rounded out the top five for the Vikings, placing 21st in 25:03.0. Freshman Molly Horton came across the line next for the Vikings in 25:42.9, a personal record by 18.8 seconds, which earned her 30th place. Freshman Bethany Terpin was right behind her in 31st, running 25:52.8 for a 10.5 second personal record.

Freshman Ellen LaHatte placed 43rd, running 26:34.9, a 6.9 second PR. Freshman Violet Keys finished right behind her in 44th, running a 1:04.7 personal record, clocking in at 26:40.8. Freshman Alexa Bilsky was next across the line in 27:53.4, and freshman Morgan Grace rounded out the day for the Vikings in 28:54.7.

"This was the best finish ever for the women since we became a part of the SAA," said BC Head Cross Country Coach Paul Deaton. "The women have improved so much since September. This was a great race for them. Everyone in our top-seven ran an optimal race." 

The Vikings next race at NCAA South/Southeast Regionals in Kernstown, Virginia on Nov. 14.