ATLANTA - After leading the Vikings women's track and field team to their best finish at the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships in program history this year, Berry College's Genesis Leggett was named the league's Women's Field Athlete of the Year, putting up more points than any other female field athlete.
Leggett leads seven All-Conference honorees for the Vikings as the lone first-team member. Rachel Bibbey, Abby Carroll and Danielle Patterson earned second-team honors with Alexa Bilsky, Alainna Chretien and Meredith Herman earning honorable mention.
"We're excited to be able to put more of our athletes in the top three," head coach Luke Syverson said. "We were able to exceed our goal for putting athletes on the podium this year. Obviously, Genesis winning Athlete of the Year is a big deal. She had a great year but also just a great season overall."
Leggett, a freshman from Live Oak, Fla., helped Berry to a third place finish after taking gold in the shot put on day one with a school-record 12.13m throw. She followed up her performance with a second place finish in the hammer throw with a 45.66m toss, also a school record. On day two, she took the top spot in the discus with a 40.51m throw, nearly two meters better than the second place finisher.
Bibbey, a freshman out of Fort Myers, Fla., followed Leggett in the discus, earning a second place finish with a 38.59m toss. She also placed ninth in the hammer throw with a 33.83m throw, just one spot out of scoring.
Carroll, a freshman from Williamson, Ga., earned a runner-up finish in the 10,000m run with a time of 40:14.04, leading three Vikings who placed in the top eight. She also placed fourth in the 5,000m with an 18:37.22.
Patterson, a senior from Macon, Ga., earned her third straight All-Conference honor after placing second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:11.66. She followed it up with a third place performance in the 5,000m run with an 18:25.44.
Bilsky, a sophomore from Peachtree City, Ga., collected her second straight All-Conference honor after a third place finish in the javelin with a 37.59m toss.
Chretien, a junior from Savannah, Ga., earned her first All-Conference honor by placing third in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:47.89.
Herman, a freshman from Snellville, Ga., placed third behind teammate Patterson in the 3,00m steeplechase with a time of 11:37.19. She also placed fifth in the 1,500m.
The All-Conference Teams were decided by results at the 2017 SAA Track & Field Championships. Winning an event earned automatic placement on the first team, whether done individually or on a relay team. A second place finish in an event at the Championships qualified student-athletes for placement on the second team while third place results garnered honorable mention status.