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Berry Track and Field Team

Full competition in track and field will return to the Berry campus for the first time in decades March 5 when the Vikings welcome teams from Sewanee, Piedmont, Meredith, Millsaps, Oglethorpe, Union (Ky.), Reinhardt and Clark Atlanta for the Ice-Breaker Duals.

Limited to distance running only since the 1980s, Berry’s track and field program has been expanded this year to include competition in sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws. This was made possible by the 2015 completion of the Valhalla stadium complex including Clark Track and the Dickey Field throws area.

Berry Coach Luke SyversonThe newly expanded team is headed by coach Luke Syverson, who came to Berry in 2015 after five years as an assistant track and field coach at Lipscomb University, an NCAA Division I institution in Nashville. Assisting him in the various event groups are Paul Deaton (91C), Berry’s longtime cross country and distance running coach, Neal West, Ossie Buchannon, Zack Smith and Shannon Riley.

“One of the greatest parts of coaching is seeing growth take place in all areas of a student-athlete’s life, not just athletic performance,” Syverson expressed. “To have the opportunity not only to do that but also to see and affect growth in an entire program is even more fulfilling.”

Already, Syverson’s student-athletes have been making their presence felt at various indoor meets across the Southeast. The team’s March 5 campus debut marks the official beginning of the outdoor season. A second home meet, Berry Field Day, will be held April 9, at which time the college will celebrate the official dedication of Clark Track and Dickey Field. That meet will feature a full slate of intercollegiate competition as well as special intra-dormitory and alumni races.

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Pole VaultA championship legacy will be reborn in spring 2016 with the resumption of full participation in track and field for Berry student-athletes. Competition in throws, jumps and sprints will be added to the sport, which has been limited to distance running at Berry since the 1980s.

Ready to SoarThe return of the sport that produced Berry’s first conference championship in 1961 will coincide with the completion of Valhalla stadium, Clark Track and Dickey Field. Funded through LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity, the stadium and related facilities will provide a first-class on-campus home for track and field, lacrosse and football.

A national search is now underway for a track and field head coach. Assistance will be provided by Paul Deaton (91C), Berry’s longtime cross country coach, and two members of the football staff, Ossie Buchannon and Zach Smith. Read more.

Vintage photos courtesy of Cabin Log yearbook

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