By Meredith Herman, Sports Information Assistant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Berry track and field teams competed at the Vanderbilt University Opener on Saturday to open the indoor season. With several Division I programs in attendance, the Vikings set several program records on both the men's and women's side.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Rory Fleming broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking an 8.97. He also earned a new personal record of 52.18 in the 400-meter.
- Freshmen Meg Hurley broke both the 60 meter and 200 meter indoor school records, running a 8.21 and 27.04 respectively.
- In throwing events, sophomore Genesis Leggett broke the indoor shot put school record, throwing a 12.11m. She was less an an inch off of her outdoor lifetime PR.
- Freshmen Tucker Smith had a solid first collegiate meet, vaulting just below his PR and placing 5th overall.
- The distance squad ran the 3,000-meter as a time trial, using the competition for quality reps. Sophomore Meredith Herman won the first heat, running a 11:04.88, with Junior Bethany Turpin not far behind with 11:18.35. Abby Carroll ran the second heat, placing 6th overall, and clocking 10:34 for the 3k.
- On the men's side, Parker Roberts paced the Vikings, placing 6th overall with a 9:02.99. Brayden Fulton placed 8th overall with a 9:10.52. Junior Will Knowlton and Senior Rhett Butler competed in the second heat, running 9:22.23 and 9:22.23 respectively.
WHAT THEY SAID
“Overall, this was a great meet for us, even coming out so early in the season. Our expectations were a little lower, so we really showed out. The freshmen especially had a really good day. This really helps us to point out where we are in our training. It was great using this meet to see where we are, and we’ll come back from Christmas Break ready for the season. For us to have a meet where we can compete against some larger Division I schools, we really showed out and held our own.” - Head Coach, Luke Syverson