Track & Field Teams Closed Indoor Season

Hope Lovelady, photo by JoCee North
Hope Lovelady, photo by JoCee North

By Robert Bevins for

SEWANEE, Tenn. — The Berry College track and field teams traveled to Sewanee this weekend. Berry competed against five other Division III competitors, including conference rivals Birmingham Southern, Millsaps, Oglethorpe, and Sewanee. Both the men's and women's teams finished fourth overall in the meet with the men earning 37 points, and the women 35 points. Full Results

On the men's side there were several personal records, as well as a school record broken. Sophomore Gino Fabrizio scored the most points for the Berry men's team. He placed third in the weight throw and broke the school record. Fabrizio threw for 13.87m: a PR of 0.74m. Fabrizio also placed second in the shot put at 13.39m (a PR of 0.35m).

"Our field teams excelled today," said Head Coach Luke Syverson. "Gino had a good performance for us."

Junior Quincy Watford placed third in the high jump with a height of 1.75m. Watford also placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 5.67m. Junior Eli Sumner finished first overall to win the men's pole vault. Sumner cleared the winning height of 4.21m on his first attempt. Freshman Ethan Caldwell also scored for Berry. Caldwell jumped a personal best of 3.9m to place third overall.

"Our pole vaulters did really well for us," said Luke Syverson. "Ethan earned PRs four times in a row on his attempts. Eli cleared the winning height on his first attempt. He was chasing a qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Nationals, but felt a pull in his hamstring and decided to stop."

Freshman Will Knowlton raced in the 400m dash. He placed fifth after clocking in a time of 53.45.

On the women's side, junior Alyssa Maker scored in both the weight throw (second) and the shot put (fifth). Maker threw for 12.98m and 9.86m respectively setting PRs for both events and re- breaking the school record she had previously set in the weight throw. Maker set a PR of 1.14m in the shot put and 1.32m in the weight throw.

Freshman Regan Pifer had a very impressive showing this weekend scoring in three different events. She scored fourth in the triple jump for Berry with a distance of 9.17m. She also scored fifth in the long jump (4.39m). In the pole vault Pifer cleared 2.92m to score third. Also scoring points for Berry in the pole vault were freshmen Kelley DeLacey and Hope Lovelady. DeLacey placed fourth overall after jumping 2.81m, a PR of 0.05m. Lovelady finished fifth overall with a 2.71m finish (a PR of 0.21m).

Senior Rachel Dorris finished second in the mile run with a time of 5:36.93.

"This was a great way to end the indoor season," said Luke Syverson. "It was great to have the full team competing together and it's good to have everyone excited about the outdoor season."

The Berry Vikings will kick off the outdoor track season with Berry's first home meet at Valhalla for the Victor Icebreaker Duals on March 5.