By Nicole Fredette for Berryvikings.com
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Berry women's track team raced at the Birmingham-Southern Track and Field Invitational this weekend. Every Berry runner in the meet ran a season-best time in their respective event. They competed in the 5000m, 1500m, 400m, 800m, and 4x400m relay.
Freshman Danielle Ferro started the day off strong in the 5000m. Ferro finished fourth out of 22 runners with a solid time of 19:13.52. This was Ferro's first time breaking the 20 minute barrier, and she dropped 51 seconds off her previous personal record. Senior Katy Jordan also raced a PR. Jordan placed 19th overall with a time of 21:49.1.
The 1500m was the next event for Berry runners. Senior Charlotte Collins led Berry's women with a 4:56.72. She placed third out of 26 runners. This was a notable race for Collins because it was not only her second time breaking five minutes for the 1500m, but it was also a three second personal record.
Juniors Hibah Abuhamdieh and Annika Stryker raced in a separate heat of the 1500m. Abuhamdieh placed sixth in her heat and clocked in at 5:27.20, shaving 20 seconds off her previous PR. Stryker followed up with a solid finish of 6:18.00 and placed twelfth in her heat.
"This was my first track race since freshman year, so I wanted to run well," Abuhmadieh said. "It went really well--and I was actually surprised--that I was able to pass people and PR by so much!"
Freshman Noelle Franklin raced the 400m and ran a season's best time of 1:05.75. Franklin finished sixth in the third heat.
Junior Nicole Fredette had a breakthrough race in the 800m. She placed third in her heat with a personal record time of 2:26.95--seven seconds off her previous 800 PR.
Franklin (1:08r), Collins (1:12r), Fredette (1:08r), and Ferro (1:13r) made up the 4x400m relay team. The Berry relay team finished third in their heat with a time of 4:41.66.
The Berry women's track team will next compete at the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, GA on March 22.