By: Noah Syverson, Sports Information Assistant
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Berry track and field teams finished up a strong weekend of competition at the Southern Invitational in Birmingham this afternoon, besting all the competing Southern Athletic Association (SAA) squads as well as some Division II programs.
The women placed 2nd as a team overall, ahead of SAA opponents Oglethorpe, Millsaps, Sewanee, and Birmingham Southern. The men finished 5th as a team and ahead of the same conference foes.
Both the men’s and women’s squads ended their weekend as the top non-Division II schools in competition.
The distance and middle distance groups had an exceptionally strong meet, with several sizable PR’s set in the 5000m. Traditionally strong events like the sprint, pole vault, and throws groups posted solid marks as well.
- C.J. Stone placed 1st in the men’s 200m with a time of 21.96 and 3rd in the men’s 100m with a time of 11.00
- Will Knowlton placed 1st in the men’s 1500m with a time of 4:01.69 and 5th in the men’s 800m after crossing the finish line in 1:57.31
- Bethany Terpin placed 1st in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:22.96. In the same event, teammates Kinslee Clevenger, Mikey Mayes, and MaryBeth Rowland placed 4th, 5th, and 8th respectively
- In the women’s 1500m, Bethany Terpin, Abby Carroll, and Meredith Herman went 2-3-4
- Meredith Herman placed 1st in the women’s 5000m with a time of 18:33.01
- Kelley DeLacey cleared 3.20m in the women’s pole vault to set a new school record, placing 2nd in the process
- Genesis Leggett placed 1st in the women’s shot put after tossing 12.38m and placed 1st in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 44.60m
- Tucker Smith placed 1st in the men’s pole vault after clearing 4.40 m, nearly breaking the school record, and teammate Mitchell Brice took 2nd after clearing 4.25m
- Jed Woodward placed 4th in the men’s shot put
- Alexa Bilsky placed 2nd in the women’s javelin after a toss of 39.36m
The Berry track and field teams have next weekend off for spring break before returning to action in Atlanta for the Emory Invitational on March 22-23.