Joe  Berry

Joe Berry

Horsham, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 172

Pole Vault

Year (In/Out):


Pole Vault: 17-8.50/5.40m (2012)

Pole Vault: 17-9/5.41m (2008)


2008 Indoor Pole Vault: 2nd, 16-10.75/5.14m
2008 Outdoor Pole Vault: 1st,17-2.75/5.25m

2009 Indoor Pole Vault: 1st, 17-3/5.26m
2009 Outdoor Pole Vault: 1st, 17-7.75/5.38m

2010 Indoor Pole Vault: t8th, 16-4.75/5.00m

2011 Indoor Pole Vault: 1st, 17-7.50/5.37m
2011 Outdoor Pole Vault: 1st, 17-8.50/5.40m

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Won five SEC pole vault titles (2008, 2009, 2011 outdoor & 2009, 2011 indoor) and scored seven times in conference action...Has second-most vault titles in UT history behind U.S. Olympic silver-medalist Lawrence Johnson, who has six...Five-time first-team All-SEC selection...2011 Vol Indoor Most Improved Athlete and Vol Outdoor Most Valuable Athlete...Named 2008 SEC Outdoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year...2008 USA Junior outdoor pole vault champion...Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member...

2012: Honors - None...Indoors - Exhausted indoor eligibility...Matched his indoor PR while competing unattached at the Pole Vault Summit to place third in the open men's division...Outdoors - N/A.

2011: Honors - First-team All-SEC indoors and out...Vol Indoor Most Improved Athlete and Vol Outdoor Most Valuable Athlete...Indoors - Bounced back from an injury-plagued 2010 outdoor season to win his fourth overall SEC title in the pole vault and second indoors, clearing 17-7 1/2 to prevail...Made his season debut at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and carded a career-best, sailing over 17-8 ¾ to tie for second in the championship division...Finished second at the Texas A&M Challenge, navigating 16-9 ¾ in his only other indoor meet...Outdoors - Flew over the bar at 17-8 ¾ on a windy day in Athens, Ga., to seize his third career SEC Outdoor title and fifth overall league win...Second at the UT-UCLA Dual, traversing 17-0 ¾...Placed fifth at both the Penn Relays and Sea Relays with identical 16-7 marks...Cleared that same mark at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, but that wasn't strong enough to advance to nationals.

2010: Honors - Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Indoors - Scored at the SEC Championships in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-4 ¾ while tying for eighth place...Met NCAA provisional mark in the pole vault in an eighth-place effort at the Virginia Final Qualifier (17-1 ½) and a second-place finish at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (17-0 ¾)...His mark at the Virginia Final Qualifier was good for the second-best individual height all season in the SEC...Outdoors - Redshirted after battling injuries.

2009: Honors - Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...First-team All-SEC indoors and out...Received Most Valuable Athlete Award (Field) and Volunteer Award, which goes to the toughest competitor...Indoors - Won the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships with a mark of 17-3...Took seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-0 ¾ at the New Balance Invitational...Outdoors - Earned his second career trip to the NCAA Championships, finishing 25th in the pole vault at 16-2 ¾...Finished ninth in the pole vault at the NCAA Mideast Regional with a mark of 16-7 ¼ ...Named first-team All-SEC after winning his third-consecutive conference title in the pole vault at 17-7 ¾ during the SEC Outdoor Championships...Claimed a victory in the pole vault championship at the Penn Relays after clearing a height of 17-4 ½.

2008: Honors - Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll...Named SEC Outdoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year after becoming the first rookie since 1997 to win a league pole vault title...Named to the SEC Indoor and Outdoor All-Freshman Teams...Earned SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Week (4/8)...Indoors - Named to SEC All-Freshman Team as the highest-finishing freshman in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships...Cleared a then-personal-best height of 16-10 ¾ to take second behind teammate Michael Hogue...Improved his season-best and then-personal-best mark to 17-0 while placing eighth at the Virginia Tech Last Chance...Outdoors - Claimed victories in seven of the 10 pole vault competitions during his first collegiate outdoor season, including five in a row during one stretch...Finished seventh at the World Junior Championships and won the pole vault at the USA Junior Championships with a mark of 17-4 ¾...Advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and finished in a tie for 10th at 16-8 ¾...Cleared a personal-best height of 17-9 at the NCAA Mideast Regional to become just the fifth freshman to win the pole vault at an NCAA regional...His 17-2 ¾ clearance broke Auburn's Hutsell-Rosen Track record and made him the first Vol freshman to win an outdoor SEC pole vault crown since 1969...Claimed the first collegiate victory of his career at the Tiger Track Classic with a 16-6 ¾ clearance, tying the then-facility record...Named SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Tiger Track Classic...Began his five-meet winning streak by clearing 17-1 at the Vanderbilt Invitational and breaking both the meet and Vanderbilt Track records.

HIGH SCHOOL: Holds school best and unofficial state record after clearing the bar at 16-10 during the last dual meet of his senior year...Named 2007 state athlete of the year...Broke a 16-year-old Penn Relays prep record with his 16-3 1/4 clearance...Held both the state and district meet records with identical 16-3 vaults...His 16-6 mark while winning the AAU National Championships stood as the official state record...Finished sixth in the pole vault with his 15-11 clearance at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships.

PERSONAL: Born Feb. 17, 1989, in Abington, Pa...Majoring in biomedical engineering...Parents are Joseph and Cynthia Berry...Family also includes sisters Chelsea and Kylanne and brother Justin...Recipient of the Dr. Jim and Mary Lett Scholarship Endowment and the William H. Suddarth Athletic Scholarship.



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