Berry ’19 concludes career in record-setting style at NCAA meet

Cat Berry '19
Cat Berry '19

Hamilton College's Cat Berry '19 wrapped up her career in Friday's preliminaries of the women's 400-meter dash at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Berry placed 14th in the 22-runner field, finishing in 56.95 seconds and besting her own program record of 57.31 seconds set at Widener University's Danny Curran Invitational on March 30. She ran in the second of three heats, placing sixth. Gina Dello Russo of Stevens Institute of Technology finished first in Berry's heat and posted the fastest time of the preliminary heats in 55.24 seconds. The ninth and last qualifier for Saturday's final recorded a time of 56.62 seconds.

Berry was competing in the NCAA outdoor championships for the third time in her career after she qualified in the 200 meters in both 2017 and 2018. She holds additional outdoor program records in the 100 meters (12.20 seconds) and 200 meters (24.66), and she is part of the record-setting 400-meter relay (48.26). Her indoor records include the 60 meters (7.90), 200 meters (25.32), 300 meters (43.44), 400 meters (57.11) and she is a member of the record 800- and 1,600-meter relays.

Berry was competing in the 400 meters at the national meet for the first time. She was voted the winner of the Sabasteanski Award as the Most Outstanding Female Performer at the 2019 NESCAC Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships on April 30. She earned all-NESCAC honors for finishing first in the 200, 400 and 4x100-meter relay at the NESCAC championships. Berry also raced in the 200 and the 400 at the 2019 Division III indoor championships back in March, finishing 12th out of 20 athletes in the 400 meters with a time of 57.82 seconds and placing 20th in the 200 meters in 25.83 seconds.