MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - The Berry College Track and Field teams closed day two competition at the 2017 SAA Track and Field Championships today with the Berry men finishing fourth overall with 94.5 points and the Berry women finishing third overall with 118.5 points.
The Vikings entered the meet with hopes of improving on last year's placement. In a strong field, early projections put Berry at fifth on both sides. However, strong showings all around pushed the teams to one of their most sucessful meets of the year.
On the women's side, the team placed third despite not scoring in seven different events. Berry had a strong showing in the 5k from Danielle Patterson and Abby Carroll who took third and fourth respectively. Genesis Leggett earned her second SAA gold in the discus with a 40.51m throw. She was followed by her teammate Rachel Bibbey who took second. Three women also scored in the 800m and 1,500m.
Gino Fabrizio led on the men's side with his third place finish in the discus followed by Will Knowlton's third place mark in the 800m. Despite not scoring in the sprints a year ago, Quincy Watford and CJ Stone earned fourth and seventh, respectively to put points on the board for the Vikings. Rory Fleming also had a strong race in the 110m Hurdles, placing third. He also placed second in the 400m hurdles with a PR of 56.00 and was right on the heels of the race-leader.
The Birmingham Southern men won with 227.5 points and the Rhodes woThe Birmingham Southern men won with 227.5 points and the Rhodes women won with 180 points. men won with 180 points.
- Genesis Leggett collected her second gold of the meet in the Women's Discus on day two with a 40.51m. Berry's Rachel Bibbey earned second with a 38.59m throw.
- Danielle Patterson and Abby Carrol went 3-4 in the women's 5,000m.
- Parker Roberts placed sixth in the men's 5000m.
- Gino Fabrizio placed third in the Men's Discus.
- Quincy Watford and Alex Killingsworth placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the men's High Jump.
- Alainna Chretien led Viking women in the 1,500m with her third place finish. Meredith Hermann placed fifth and Bethany Terpin placed eighth.
- Parker Roberts placed sixth in the 1,500m, and Brayden Fulton scored in eighth place.
- Rory Fleming placed third in the 110m Hurdles final and second in the 400m Hurdles final.
- Quincy Watford (fourth) and CJ Stone (seventh) scored in the men's 100m final.
- MaryBeth Rowland led the Viking women in the 800m with her fourth place finish. Kinslee Clevenger and Alainna Chretien placed sixth and eighth.
- Will Knowlton placed third in the 800m in a very competitive final. Brayden Fulton scored in eighth place.
- CJ Stone placed fifth in the men's 200m.
- Berry women placed seventh in the 4x400m, and the men placed sixth.
WHAT THEY SAID:
"I was very pleased with how we competed this weekend and especially how we came out today and finished day two. Our goal all season as a team was to improve on last year's finishes and to put both teams in the top three. We competed very well across the board. As much as I'm appreciative of our track team and how they performed, I'm just as appreciative of our "Berry" team and all the support and help people were from across campus and our athletic department to help make this a successful meet. It was great to see all of our extended Berry family doing what they could to pull off this championship meet."
-Head Coach Luke Syverson