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Conference championships in football and women’s cross country highlighted another successful fall for Berry’s student-athletes.

The football team posted a best-ever 9-1 record in its fourth season of competition, closing with a five-game winning streak to share the Southern Athletic Association crown with Washington University in St. Louis. Highlights for Berry included road wins over SAA rivals Hendrix and Centre and a perfect 5-0 record at Valhalla. Also notable was a thrilling 22-19 overtime win over Millsaps made possible by a play you simply have to see to believe. Click the video and you’ll know why it was named d3football.com National Play of the Week.

In women’s cross country, senior captain Danielle Patterson paced Berry to first place in the SAA meet and sixth in the NCAA Division III regional (held in the Clara Bowl). Her time of 22:32.30 in the latter race qualified her for NCAA nationals, a first for Berry.

Fittingly, both of Berry’s SAA-winning coaches, Tony Kunczewski and Paul Deaton (91C), earned conference Coach-of-the-Year recognition. Student-athletes in a number of sports also claimed individual honors this fall. Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage.

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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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Mountain Goat 12K

Clockwise from top, Kevin Brodrick (99C), Andy Christie (99C), James Tigue (98C), Joe Mareno (99C), Paul Deaton (91C) and Brian Brodrick (97C) mug for the camera with the Mountain Goat 12K mascot.

Cross country and track alumni resurrected a proud tradition with the Jan. 25 running of the “new” Mountain Goat 12K on the slopes of Berry’s Lavender Mountain. A total of 91 participants braved the frigid weather and challenging course, many of them former student-athletes. Chris Mayer (11C) was first across the finish line in 44 minutes, 28 seconds, while Jennifer Stocks (12C) led all women in 52:11. Full results.

The origins of the Mountain Goat 12K date back to a series of formal and informal trail races started by then-Berry coach Jim Dugger in the early 1980s. Current coach Paul Deaton (91C) got his introduction to Berry when he competed in the 1985 race. The name, he said, comes from the terrain: “Only a mountain goat could run up there.”

Those early races were held in the heat of August and often featured “recycled” awards such as old hats and t-shirts.

“Someone recently mentioned a bowling ball they received,” Dugger said. “And another took home an oversized cheerleading trophy.”

The 8-mile Mountain Goat run eventually evolved into a shorter 5-mile race before moving off campus entirely in the mid-1990s, but the hilly route has remained a weekly staple for Berry distance runners ever since.

No bowling balls were handed out at this year’s race, but there was still fun to be had (as evidenced by the accompanying photo). After the run, some participants gathered at Ford Dining Hall for the first of what Deaton hopes will be an annual reunion of distance running alumni. Attendees were updated on Berry’s cross country and track seasons and heard about future plans for track and field and the associated Valhalla stadium project.

More photos.

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