By: Rhett Butler, Sports Information Assistant
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - The Berry College cross country teams had a solid showing on their home course on Saturday with both the men and the women taking second overall team in their respective races.
The men fell only to Sewanee, and the women fell to Florida A&M University. Both races had 25 teams present.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The men were led by Will Knowlton, followed by a strong pack from the second to the sixth Vikings.
- Many of the men set personal bests.
- The women were led by senior and captain Danielle Ferro, taking second overall.
- The first five women were all in the top 30 finishers, and many of the women set personal bests as well.
WHAT THEY SAID:
- "This was a really good meet for us at home. The men continue to make progress with several commendable individual performances. I know they will need to step it up as a team before competing with some of the best in the conference. The women also had a breakout day running the fastest team time since 2010." - Head Coach Paul Deaton
MEN STANDOUT PERFORMANCES:
- Sophomore Will Knowlton set a PB of 25:59.95, his first time under the 26 minute barrier.
- Senior and Captain Ebenezer Agaro clocked 26:48.73, a few seconds off his PB.
- Freshman Parker Roberts, sophomore Lance Smith, and juniors Robert Bevins and Rhett Butler all set PBs only 14 seconds apart, the first big pack of Vikings.
- Freshman Bray Fulton set a personal best of 27:53.88
- Freshman Alan Bowers smashed his previous PB by over two minutes, clocking 28:11.53
- Sophomore Jon Gogal and freshman David Shankles clocked PBs of 28:16.95 and 28:35.02, respectively.
- Sophomore Silas Stocks, senior Blake Brashear, and Isaiah McElvain all set personal bests, clocking times within 7 seconds of each other.
- Freshmen Cam Mallett set a PB of 30:17.60
WOMEN STANDOUT PERFORMANCES:
- Ferro clocked 22:18.28 for second place overall and Abby Carroll clocked 23:26.16 for 6th overall
- Junior Alainna Chretien was only a few seconds off her PB in her debut 6k this year, clocking 24:03.96
- Freshman Alyssa Fowler and sophomore Bethany Terpin finished within 4 seconds of each other, clocking 24:20.08 and 24:23.75 to round out the women's top five
- Freshman Meredith Hermann obliterated her previous PB, clocking 24:34.39
- Sophomore Alexa Bilsky set a PB of 25:23.57
- Freshman Elise Barron had a breakthrough race, running 26:33.57
- Sophomore Morgan Grace set a PB of 28:29.48
The Vikings will be traveling to the SAA Championships on October 29th in Clinton, Mississippi, hosted by Millsaps.