Saturday, March 15, 2014

Berry takes fourth in 400 at NCAA as Oregon wins national indoor crown...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--Michael Berry of Oregon, a graduate of Seattle's Rainier Beach HS (left/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) finished third in his section of the men's 400 and fourth overall in the 3-section final, running 45.64 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Berry, positioned in lane 4, was third coming off the break, as eventual winner Deon Lendore of Texas A&M (45.21) and third place finisher Arman Hall (45.52) got to the pole first, and maintained their positions for the duration of the race.

Berry also ran a 46.02 anchor leg on Oregon's 4 x 400 meter relay team that finished seventh in 3:06.51. Tacoma freshman Marcus Chambers ran an opening leg of 46.79 for the Ducks, as their points clinched the national title for the Men of Oregon.

Jesse Jorgensen of Washington State finished eighth in the men's 800 meters to earn All-America honors.  The junior from Puyallup ran 1:50.33, as Brandon McBride of Mississippi State took the victory in 1:48.17.

Jax Thoirs of Washington finished in a tie for eighth in the pole vault, clearing 17-8 1/2 (5.40m), as he also earned All-America honors.

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