Vikings Competed at Emory

Alexa Bilsky, photo by JoCee North
Alexa Bilsky, photo by JoCee North

By Rhett Butler for BerryVikings.com

ATLANTA, Ga.-- The Berry College track & field teams traveled to Emory University to compete this weekend. The Emory Invitational spanned two days and included large fields on both the men's and women's side. Full results

"Emory was a great meet for us this weekend. It gave us a bigger meet experience with close to 30 colleges across all collegiate levels, so we had solid competition in all event areas," said Head Coach Luke Syverson.

Day one of competition included action in the distance events and field events, as well as preliminaries in the sprint events.

"While we were flat in a couple of events, we had strong showings in many that will help us continue to get ready for the conference championships," said Syverson. "After day one competition--and for most of Saturday--both our men's and women's team were sitting in the top 10 out of 30-plus colleges. We were beating a number of well-established programs, so that is exciting for our future." 

There were several notable performances on the distance side. Junior Danielle Ferro and senior Kyle Harris both placed second in the 3000m steeplechase, bringing in points for the Vikings.

Junior Ebenezer Agaro and Senior Rachel Dorris performed well in the 10,000m on Day one, setting lifetime PRs. Freshman Lance Smith also had a significant performance in the 10,000m, placing in the top-eight along with Agaro.

"Coach Deaton prepared the distance runners well, as many had lifetime PRs in their events. I was really pleased with the way they competed as an event group and it was great to see the freshman really step up," Syverson said.

In the field events, junior Alyssa Maker bettered her own school record in the hammer throw. Sophomore Gino Fabrizio placed third in the men's shot put with a new school record of 13.88m, besting the old record set by Jim Irman in 1971 of 13.79m. Freshman Alexa Bilsky placed third in the women's javelin, losing only to the current NCAA DI national leader and a DII scholarship student-athlete.

Chris Lilly set season-bests in all three of his jumping events, including a personal best in the triple jump of 12.80m.

The Vikings also had the women's 4x100 relay of Reagan PiferCamille BryanLauren Merical, and Amy Ethridge re-breaking their school record, set at Valhalla during the Icebreaker Duals.

"We had some strong marks in the field events as well and showed some improvement," said Syverson. "I like where we are, but  there is still a lot to improve on in the next five weeks leading up to the SAA conference meet." 

The Vikings next compete at Emory and at Shorter on March 25 and 26 respectively.