By Rhett Butler and Robert Bevins for BerryVikings.com
ROME, Ga. — The Berry College track & field teams wrapped up their weekend of competition on Saturday at both Eastern Tennessee State University and Sewanee. The distance and sprint teams represented Berry at ETSU. The Viking field teams competed at Sewanee.
Freshman Reagan Pifer finished third in the women's pole vault after she cleared 2.99m on her second attempt. This mark earned her a personal record as well as broke the Berry program record. Freshman Kelley DeLacey placed fifth in the women's pole vault. She set a personal record of 2.76m and improved on her last mark by .56m.
"With just four women entered in the meet in that one event, we placed eighth out of ten competing teams," said Head Coach Luke Syverson.
In his debut at the collegiate level, junior Eli Sumner cleared 4.64m to win the men's pole vault. He set a personal record and cleared this height on his first attempt.
"Eli had three solid attempts at 15'7", which would have put him in contention to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships," Syverson said. "His mark today currently ranks 26th in the nation. His goal is to finish in the top 15 at the end of the indoor season to gain one of those qualifying spots."
In an impressive performance in two events, sophomore Gino Fabrizio recorded 13.04m for the men's shot put and 13.13m for the men's weight throw. "Gino had a solid outing throwing PR's in both the shot put and the weight throw, placing third and seventh respectively," said Syverson.
At ETSU, sophomore Alainna Chretien ran a 10:56.41, placing fourth in her heat and 12th overall in the 3000. Junior Danielle Ferro finished 25th overall in the mile race in her indoor season debut. Ferro finished with a time of 5:31.67.
Senior Kyle Harris also had a strong finish in the 3000 finishing 13th with a time of 9:15.07. Junior Daniel Mushrush also had a strong race in the 3000 finishing first in his heat with a time of 9:34.03--a PR of 8 seconds. Mushrush finished 29th overall. Freshman Will Knowlton ran a competitive 800 to finish 30th (2:00.4).
"The distance runners ran weil against very competitive DI and DII competition," said Syverson. "Alainna Chretien ran a competitive race in her heat of the 3000m with a PR. It was also great to have All-SAA runner Danielle Ferro back after sitting out the first indoor meet recovering from an early-season marathon. Will Knowlton followed up his solid first outing two weeks ago with a good early 800 time. It will be fun to see him continue to get stronger in the mid distance events as we add more speed work later in the season."
The Vikings will race at home on March 5.
"We have two weeks now to prepare for our last indoor meet of the season before opening the outdoor portion of our schedule at home March 5," shared Syverson.