By Nicole Fredette for Berryvikings.com
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Berry women's track team competed at the Emory Invitational this weekend. BC placed 25th overall and about 1,600 athletes competed in the event. The Vikings competed in the 3K steeplechase, the 5K, the 1500m, the 400m, and the 4x400m relay.
Freshman Danielle Ferro scored three points for Berry in her 3K steeplechase on Friday. Ferro finished sixth out of 19 runners with a 27 second personal record time of 12:03.61.
"I felt a lot more comfortable on the hurdles and the water pit than last time," Ferro said. "There were a lot of runners to chase after which was very helpful, and the race atmosphere was very exciting at Emory."
Berry had four runners race in the 5K. Senior and team captain Charlotte Collins clocked in at 19:08.61. Collins raced not only her second fastest 5K, but she also placed tenth out of 50 runners. Junior Hibah Abuhamdieh had a breakthrough race, dropping 1:17 seconds off her PR. Abuhamdieh posted a solid 20:38.22 and finished 35th overall in the 5K. Junior Kayla Heflin finished 45th with a time of 22:39.38. Junior Annika Stryker also raced a personal record time of 23:30.00 and placed 48th overall.
Junior Nicole Fredette and senior Katy Jordan competed against 58 other runners in the 1500m. Fredette posted a ten-second personal record time of 5:11.37. She placed 23rd overall. Jordan finished 49th clocking in at 5:52.05.
Freshman Noelle Franklin placed 31st out of 45 runners in the 400m. She posted a 1:05.51.
The last event of the day was the women's 4x400m. Berry women Franklin (1:08.39r), Ferro (1:12.61r), Fredette (1:05.21r), and Collins (1:07.70r) raced a season's best overall time of 4:34.22 Berry's 4x400m team placed third in their heat and 19th overall.
Berry women will next compete at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga. at the Shorter Invitational on March 29th.