Track & Field Posts Solid Opening Day at SAA Championships

Track & Field Posts Solid Opening Day at SAA Championships

CONWAY, Ark. — The Berry College track & field teams wrapped up day one at the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships claiming several individual titles. Berry's men's team sits in third while the women hold the second place spot. 

The Vikings continue competition tomorrow. Live results will be available for the duration of the meet. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tucker Smith defended his SAA title in the Men’s PV helping lead teammates Mitchell Brice, Braden Jarvis and Ethan Caldwell to a 1-2-3-5 finish. This is the second year in a row that Berry vaulters have swept the top three podium spots in the event.

  • Genesis Leggett won the women’s Shot Put with a new outdoor PR, breaking her school record in the process. Teammates Denae Rivera and Carson Butler finished 5th and 6th respectively with new outdoor PR’s.

  • Jed Woodward broke his own outdoor school record in the men’s Shot Put with a throw of 14.36m to finish SAA runner up for the second year in a row.  Teammates Dalton Sharpe and Jared Ogle finished 5th and 9th, both with lifetime PR’s.

  • Kelley DeLacey finished in a podium spot 3rd in Women’s Pole Vault followed by teammates Elizabeth LaSelva and Hope Lovelady in 6th and 7th place.

  • Genesis Leggett won the women’s Hammer Throw in come-from-behind fashion breaking her own school record set her freshman year when she won the 2017 title. Her throw of 48.33m was over a 10’ improvement on her previous PR.

  • Bethany Terpin finished runner up in the women’s 10,000m with teammates Charis Morgan and Ashlee Golden taking 5th and 8th place.

  • Meredith Herman finished 4th in the women’s 3,000m Steeplechase helping lead teammates Lillian Hamman and Alexa Bilsky to a 7th and 8th place finish.

  • Freshman Jason Bell took 8th place  in the men's 3,000m Steeplechase.

  • Freshman Mary Ashford Hyde broke her own school record in the Women’s 100H in prelims to advance to Saturday’s finals.

  • Freshman Jordan Wilson posted strong top times in the 200m and 400m to advance to finals on Day 2.

  • CJ Stone is the leader in the 100m and right behind Jordan in the 200m for finals.

  • Freshman Kelvin Wilson earned a spot in the finals of the 100m for Saturday.

  • Freshman Mary Ashford Hyde earned a spot in the finals of the Women’s 100H for Saturday.

MEN'S STANDINGS:

1 Centre CEKY 56.5
2 Rhodes RHOD 56
3 Berry BERR 40.5
4 Oglethorpe OGLE 24
5 Birmingham-Southern BIRM 23
6 Hendrix HEND 22
7 Millsaps MIMS 11

WOMEN'S STANDINGS:

1 Centre CEKY 68
2 Berry BERR 61
3 Rhodes RHOD 44
4 Hendrix HEND 20
5 Oglethorpe OGLE 16
6 Millsaps MIMS 15
7 Birmingham-Southern BIRM 10

WHAT THEY SAID:

"We had a solid day one today and traditionally are a strong first day team with our SAA schedule. However, the conference is getting deeper and stronger each year so it is getting harder to do. We left a few points on the table on both sides but made up for a few of them in the men’s race with the Shot Put. On the men’s side, we have a number of points possible coming tomorrow in the finals of the sprints and hope to pick up a few in the Discus and Javelin. The Women will have to come out and really compete to stay in second place but think we will be top three on both sides which will be a great accomplishment for this program and team.” -Head Coach, Luke Syverson