By Meredith Herman, Sports Information Assistant
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Berry College men's and women's track and field teams closed competition at the three-day Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational on Saturday, returning with several personal records across the board.
The meet began with the men’s and women’s 10k on Thursday night, continuing with track and field events on Friday and Saturday. Both teams traveled with a limited number of athletes, but still posted strong times against NCAA DI and DIII schools not normally competed against.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Abby Carroll finished 2nd in the Women’s 10k with a new PR of 38:22.76. This gives her the lead in both the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) and South/SE Region and ranks her No. 9 in the nation for DIII.
- CJ Stone sprinted to two new PR’s in both the 100m (10.94) and 200m (21.94). His 100m time is currently ranked No. 2 in the SAA, No. 4 in the South/SE Region and No. 11 in the nation. His 200m time is ranked No. 2 in the SAA and South/SE Region and No. 7 in the nation.
- Alainna Chretien placed 4th in the women’s mile, taking a new PR of 5:07.46, converting to a 4:44.68 1,500m and ranking her first in the SAA, No. 2 in the South/SE Region and No. 13 in NCAA DIII.
- The men’s 4x200m Relay team of Derrell Mims, Malik Howard, Rory Fleming, and CJ Stone placed 10th and set a new Berry school record in the event with a 1:31.22.
- Junior Jed Woodward increased his PR in the men’s shot put with a throw of 13.67m, placing him currently as No. 3 in the SAA and No. 6 in the South/SE Region.
- Meredith Herman shaved almost 30 seconds off her 5k PR, running a 18:39.67 to finish 10th. Her time is ranked No. 6 in the SAA and No. 12 in the South/SE Region.
- After running a PR in the 10,000m the night before, junior Alexa Bilsky finished 6th in the women’s javelin with a throw of 37.90m, placing her No. 1 in the SAA and South/SE Region and No. 9 in the nation.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“This was a great meet for us, not only in terms of the number of personal bests that we earned and the way we competed, but also in terms of time spent together as a team and family. We had the opportunity to compete against a number of DI and DIII schools that we normally don’t see during the season. I was really pleased with the way the women distance runners came out and competed. We witnessed some great races that were smart and tactical producing some big PR’s. I’m proud of all of the team for making the most of this opportunity during their spring break to make us better as a team. This meet will pay big dividends come April and SAA’s.” – Head Coach Luke Syverson
The Vikings will be competing at the two-day Emory Invitational on Friday and Saturday.