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Campus dedicates new track and field facilities


Berry celebrated the return of track and field as an intercollegiate sport with a ceremonial “ribbon-breaking” for Clark Track and Dickey Field on April 9, 2016. The dedication was held in conjunction with Berry Field Day, an invitational meet featuring more than 700 student-athletes representing 16 different colleges and universities.

This was the second of two meets held at the new facilities in their inaugural year. The first featured teams from 12 colleges and universities and nearly 600 total participants.

Pole VaulterMore than 40 student-athletes donned Berry blue-and-white during the 2016 season, some taking aim at school records set decades earlier when Berry first established a championship tradition in the sport.

Head coach Luke Syverson, a former assistant at NCAA Division I Lipscomb University, provided leadership for the men’s and women’s teams. Paul Deaton (91C), Berry’s longtime cross country and distance running coach, was among those providing assistance.

“Coach Syverson and his staff have done an excellent job of building the program from the ground up,” praised Athletic Director Todd Brooks. “We expect to see the team grow in size and recognition over the next couple of years.”

Pictured: From left, Cathy Clark, Julia Clark, Trustee Bert Clark (82C), Jean Etherton Clark (70C, 74G), Angela Dickey (75A, 79C), Dr. Ouida Dickey (50C), Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), Bob Williams (62H), SGA President Ree Palmer (16C), Barb Skinner, Trustee Steve Cage (74C) and President Steve Briggs.