SPARTANBURG, S.C. - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga track and field athlete Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) has been named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week, the league office announced today.
The senior earned a top 40 national ranking from the USTFCCCA following his ninth-place finish in the 10,000m run at the Stanford Invitational Friday night.
Berry, a native of Murfeesboro, Tenn., finished with a time of 29:19.72, shattering a 14-year-old school record by nearly a minute.
With his performance, Berry ranks third in the NCAA South Region and earned an automatic qualification for the NCAA East Region meet.
Berry maintains a 4.0 GPA in Chattanooga's MBA program.
Also nominated this week Appalachian State men's tennis player Alain Humblet, College of Charleston men's tennis player Michael Trintignac, UNCG track athlete Ashley Schnell and Wofford baseball player Brandon Yarusi.
2011-2012 Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week
Sept. 7 Demetrios Pagonis, Cross Country, Davidson
Sept. 14 Chris Berry, Cross Country, Chattanooga
Sept. 21 Ashley Schnell, Cross Country, UNCG
Sept. 28 Jessica Smith, Women's Soccer, Furman
Oct. 5 Samantha Hodge, Women's Soccer, Western Carolina
Oct. 13 Stephanie Gerow, Women's Soccer, Davidson
Oct. 19 Maggie Seeds, Volleyball, Appalachian State
Oct. 26 Jeremy Buncum, Football, The Citadel
Nov. 3 Ashley Schnell, Cross Country, UNCG
Nov. 9 Kate Van Dyke, Volleyball, Georgia Southern
Nov. 16 Nick Millington, Men's Soccer, Elon
Nov. 30 Kalia'Shea Menendez, Women's Basketball, Western Carolina
Dec. 7 Mitch Allen, Football, Wofford
Dec. 14 Brad Loesing, Men's Basketball, Wofford
Dec. 21 JP Kuhlman, Men's Basketball, Davidson
Jan. 4 Paige Anderson, Women's Basketball, Samford
Jan. 11 Nathan Healy, Men's Basketball, Appalachian State
Jan. 18 Sarah Williamson, Indoor Track & Field, Appalachian State
Jan. 25 Raegan Thompson, Women's Basketball, Furman
Feb. 1 Courtney Freeman, Women's Basketball, Appalachian State
Feb. 8 Demetrios Pagonis, Indoor Track & Field, Davidson
Feb. 15 Haley Pace, Softball, Western Carolina
Feb. 22 Carter Downs, Wrestling, Appalachian State
Feb. 29 Lucas Cotter, Indoor Track & Field, Chattanooga
Mar. 7 Paola Garrido, Women's Tennis, Georgia Southern
Mar. 14 Amy Salek, Outdoor Track & Field, Elon
Mar. 21 Alex Whitehead, Women's Tennis, UNCG
Mar. 28 Kelly Kambourelis, Women's Tennis, College of Charleston
Apr. 3 Amanda Hamilton, Outdoor Track & Field, Appalachian State
Apr. 11 Chris Berry, Outdoor Track & Field, Chattanooga