By Meredith Herman, Sports Information Assistant
SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Berry College track and field teams closed competition on day one at the SAA Championships with the men sitting in fifth place and the women in third.
The Vikings continue competition tomorrow, starting with men’s discus and women’s 5,000m, both at 9:00 a.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Tucker Smith, Ethan Caldwell and Mitchel Brice went 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the men's pole vault.
- The Vikings will send 3 men onto the finals in the 100m and 200m: Quincy Watford, CJ Stone and Derrell Mims
- Rory Fleming broke the school record in the men’s 110H with a 15.80, having the fastest time going into the finals tomorrow. He later came back in the 400H, landing his fastest time this season.
- Jed Woodward took 2nd in the men’s shot put, earning a new personal record
- Abby Carroll and Bethany Terpin raced a solid 10,000m, earning 4th and 5th respectively.
- Meredith Herman placed 2nd in the women’s steeplechase, also earning a new personal record
- Elizabeth LaSelva led the Berry women in the pole vault with a 5th place finish.
- Freshmen Tori Johnson ran a personal best in the Women’s 100H and broke the school record.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“We had a strong day one overall today. The men came out especially strong and took care of business putting themselves in position to be a top three team. In the events where we didn’t score, we had some solid PRs as well. On the women’s side we struggled a bit and gave up some point opportunities in a few events, but got some great results in the steeple, 10K, and pole vault. I’m looking forward to continuing the momentum from today and expect our team to rise to the challenge tomorrow.” - Head Coach Luke Syverson