Men sixth at XC regionals; James heads to NCAA Championships

Men sixth at XC regionals; James heads to NCAA Championships

By: Nicole Fredette

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Berry men's cross country team placed 6th out of 24 teams at the Cross Country Regionals meet. The BC top-five team average was 26:21.21, the fastest of the season. Berry raced against a total of 174 runners on the Christopher Newport University course. Results

John Kieffer from Centre won the Regionals meet with a time of 24:32.82. Chad Norton from Guilford was runner-up in the race with a time of 24:41.81. Senior and team captain Ryan James ranked 3rd out of the 174 runners in the XC Regionals meet. He gained all-regional honors as well as a place on the South/Southeast Regional team and will race at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. James clocked in at 24:56.18. 

"To go to Nationals is something I've been thinking about for four years now," James said. "No matter how next week goes, being there means a lot and it is an honor to be the first runner to represent Berry at the NCAA Championships." 

Ryan James will race at Nationals in Hanover, Ind. on November 23rd.

Senior Brandon Davis posted a solid 26:20.25. He placed 37th and dropped 26 seconds off his previous personal record. "This was the fastest we've been since my freshman year," Davis said. "I felt that we really came together today; everyone stepped it up, and I couldn't ask for a better group of guys to race with."

Freshman Sam Berendsen placed 55th overall. He cut 40 seconds off his previous personal record. Berendsen clocked in at 26:45.04. Junior Zack Jordan finished 57th with a time of 26:50.39.

Sophomore Kyle Harris placed 62nd and raced a 26:54.19. He dropped 26 seconds off his personal record. Freshman Matt Walker placed 83rd overall with a time of 27:34.84. Walker dropped a whopping 55 seconds off of his personal record from the Berry Invitational meet.

"The thought that the race wasn't about me--but was for the team--motivated me throughout the race," said Walker. "A better mental mindset led me to a good, solid race."

Freshman Ebenezer Agaro also raced a significant personal record. He posted a 27:48.59. Agaro shaved 25 seconds off his previous personal record at the SAA Conference meet.