By: Noah Syverson, Sports Information Assistant
ROME, Ga. — Berry College hosted over 800 track & field athletes representing 26 different colleges ranging from NAIA to Division I for the 3rd annual Berry Field Day Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Despite unseasonable cold and wet weather over the two day competition, the Vikings performed well, finishing 4th on the Men’s side and 12th on the Women’s side in the team standings.
The meet was the last home meet of the season for the Vikings, and served as Senior Day as well. The alumni mile and kids dash were fan favorites on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Alexa Bilsky took first in the Women’s Javelin
- Jed Woodward took runner-up honors in the Men’s Shot Put
- Ethan Caldwell won the Men’s Pole Vault with a new PR. Teammates Tucker Smith and Mitchel Brice finished 3rd and 5th, respectively, in the Vault.
- Brayden Fulton and Will Knowlton finished 5th and 8th, respectively, in the Men’s 800m
- Rory Fleming finished 5th in the Men’s 400H with a new PR and school record time of 55.96
- Elizabeth LaSelva finished 5th in the Women’s Pole Vault
- Teammates Alainna Chretien and Abby Carroll finished 4th and 7th in the Women’s 5000m on Friday evening
- Men’s 4x100m relay team of Derrell Mims, Quincy Watford, Mason Kinsey, and CJ Stone took 3rd place
- CJ Stone finished 5th in the Men’s 100m with a new lifetime PR of 10.84
- Quincy Watford took 5th in the Men’s High Jump
- Rachel Bibbey took 8th in the Women's Hammer
- George Saboura and Christopher Damsma finished 4th and 7th, respectively, in the Men's Javelin
WHAT THEY SAID:
“I am very pleased with how our team competed this weekend against some great competition and not so great weather. This was the biggest collegiate meet we have hosted since we were blessed with Clark Track and Dickey Field. It was great to host most of the college track programs in Georgia in addition to teams from Alabama and Tennessee. It was a great way to honor our seniors and also welcome our alumni back to their campus. This meet doesn’t work without all of the help from our physical plant, custodial staff and athletic department. We saw some great PR’s from the women’s distance group and the sprinters and we also had some strong lifetime and seasonal PR’s by the distance and sprints groups. While we are not where I want to be going into SAA’s with some of our event areas, I’m confident we will be ready in two weeks at Sewanee." - Head Coach, Luke Syverson
Next up for the Vikings will be the Mountain Laurell Twighlight at Sewanee on Friday, April 13th for their last tune-up before returning to Sewanee for the 2018 SAA Outdoor Championships on April 20-21st.