Berry Blows Past 10,000m School Record at Stanford
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
STANFORD, Calif. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior distance runner Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) abolished the school record in the men's 10,000 meter run by more than 54 seconds and earned an automatic qualification to the NCAA East Region meet later this season.

"It's all very, very exciting," UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. "This was the most incredible thing ever. He beat out many runners from our region including guys from Georgia and Florida State."

Berry lined up at the Cobb Track start line for the 10,000 meter at 10:40 p.m. Pacific Time for one of the nation's largest track and field competitions. Less than 30 minutes later, he crossed the finish line with a school record time of 29:19.72 placing ninth in the second heat. He outpaced his previous best time in the event by 1:22.76 and outpaced the school record 30:14.00 set in 1998 by Rodney Stoker.

"This was an awesome experience," Gautier said. "Almost anything that could go wrong this weekend did until Chris ran. This is what Chris came to college to do and he ran the race of a lifetime."

Also competing at Stanford was senior Emmaneul Kirwa (Kapsabet, Kenya), junior Lucas Cotter (Collierville, Tenn.) and sophomore Amanda Sumner (Bristol, Conn.), all in the 5000 meter run.

Kirwa, who suffers from allergies, ran the men's 5000 meter in a time of 14:36.89 in the fourth heat while Cotter, on pace to close in on the school record, injured his foot during the race, but finished with a PR time of 14:29.49.

Sumner also suffered a foot injury but was unable to complete her race despite leading 3000 meters of her 5000 meter event.

"Amanda ran really well," Gautier said. "She was running a fast race and had to drop out when she got hurt.'

The Mocs return to the track next weekend at the Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee at the Tom Black Track in Knoxville.

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