Track & Field Closed Year at Keeler Invite

Rachel Dorris, photo by JoCee North
Rachel Dorris, photo by JoCee North

NAPIERVILLE, Ill. -- The Berry College track & field teams closed out the season with strong performances after two days of competition at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College.

On Thursday, a trio of Berry distance runners led by Junior Danielle Ferro ran to PR's in the 5000m. Ferro took 16th overall with a 18:17.15. Senior Rachel Dorris--running for the last time in a Berry uniform--finished her career running 18:36.88. Freshman Bethany Terpin followed with a 19:51.27.

"It was fun to watch all three of our competitors in the 5000m have great races and finish the year with PRs," said Vikings' Head Coach Luke Syverson. "This meet is set up well for fast distance races and the girls took advantage of it. Coach (Paul) Deaton did a great job preparing his athletes for these last few meets."

On day two, sophomore Alainna Chretien finished 21st over-all in a huge 1500m field with a new PR of 4:53.50.  Junior Quincy Watford ran to a second place finish in his heat of the men's 100m with a PR of 11.16. Freshman Molly Horton won her heat of the women's 800m in a PR of 2:31.23. All five Berry women had PRs in the Keeler meet.

Freshman Will Knowlton improved on his SAA title in the 800m from three weeks ago by running a 1:54.90--taking over 2 full seconds off his previous best.

"Will runs an exciting brand of 800m, similar to Olympian Nick Symmonds, who positions himself tucked in behind the leaders and then just has this kick in the last 200m to put himself in position to win," said Syverson. " Will capped off a great freshman season today and it will be fun to watch him continue to grow over the next three years."

The last event for the Vikings saw sophomore Rory Fleming run a PR in the 400 Hurdles of 59.14.

"Overall, I thought we did a great job of competing this week after almost three weeks off that saw breaks for finals, graduation, and the such. This meet served its purpose and accomplished what I wanted to see happen.  I'm really pleased with this first year and excited about next year with who we have returning and the freshman class we have coming in. It will be hard to say goodbye to individuals like Kyle Harris, Rachel Dorris, Alyssa Maker, and Sam Berendsen but we are thankful for what they have done for our program."