BIRMINGHAM -- The Berry College women's track & field team impressed on day one of the SAA Championships. In its first year competing with a full team at the meet, the Vikings are tied for second place heading to Saturday's final day.
Prior to today, a Berry woman had not won an event at the SAA Championships. The Vikings had three individual champions on Friday alone.
Freshman Reagan Pifer won the long jump title on her last attempt in finals in dramatic fashion. Freshman Alexa Bilsky accomplished what was expected by many and won the Javelin by more than 13 feet over her closest competitor. Junior Danielle Ferro won the 3000m Steeplechase title while clocking a school record of 11:24.77.
"I'm really proud of these athletes and the way they competed today," said Head Coach Luke Syverson. "Danielle and Alexa came in as top contenders, but Reagan was a pleasant surprise and her 10 team points weren't expected."
Kelley DeLacey placed fifth in the women's Pole Vault, setting a new school record. Senior Rachel Dorris placed third in the 10,000m, achieving all-conference honors. Alyssa Maker had top-five performances in both the Hammer and Shot Put.
"There were a lot of PRs and good performances today," Syverson said. "The women came out strong and that was fun to watch. For us to be tied for second as a team makes a great statement about what we can accomplish and what the future of this program is. We are a little light on points for day two, but I think we can still compete and finish in the top four as a team."
Day two action kicks off at 10 a.m. EDT with the Women's 5000m and the High Jump.