Berry Closes Out Stellar Career at NCAA Regional
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Chris Berry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) closed out a stellar career Thursday night finishing five spots out of NCAA National Championship qualifying in the 10,000m run at the NCAA East Region meet in Jacksonville, Fla.

Berry placed 17th out of 48 in the race with a time of 30:44.39, less than 30 seconds off the championship pace set by UNCG's Paul Katam who won the event with a time of 30:05.74. The top 12 runners move on to the championship bracket set for June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Berry, the only Moc in school history to score in every SoCon meet in which he participated in his five-year career, shattered the school record in the 10,000 meter earlier this season at the Stanford Invitational with an East Region qualifying time of 29:19.72.

Davidson's Ryan Hopkins was the only other Southern Conference athlete in the event and finished 39th with a time of 32:01.75.

Berry advanced to the NCAA Cross Country National Championship last fall after earning his second straight all-region honors. He is a three-time Southern Conference champion with titles in the outdoor track 10,000 meters last season and the 5000 meter his sophomore year. As a sophomore, Berry also won the 5000 meter run at the SoCon indoors while placing second in the 3000 meters. In his freshman year, Berry was named the league's cross country Freshman of the Year.

Before the NCAA changed the qualifying criteria for region meets, Chris earned a spot at the Mideast Region for the 5000 meter as a sophomore.

Berry graduated from UTC with his Bachelor's degree in December of 2010 and in May this year with his MBA. He is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic and was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team. He and teammate Tara Gietema were married last November following the completion of the cross country season.

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