Joseph Berry     
      Joseph Berry

Horsham, Pa.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 172

Pole Vault

High School
Coach Bob Ayton
Career Bests
Pole vault - 17-9 (5.41)
Tennessee all-time top-10 list
Pole vault, 9th, 17-9, 2008
SEC Results-Indoor
2008- Pole vault 16-10 3/4 (2nd)
SEC Results-Outdoor
2008- Pole vault 17-2 3/4 (1st)
Mideast Regional Results-Outdoor
2008- Pole vault 17-9 (1st)
NCAA Results-Outdoor
2008- Pole vault 16-8 3/4 (10th-tie)


2008 Outdoor-Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll ... Named SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year after becoming the first freshman since 1997 to win an SEC pole vault title ... Claimed victories in seven of the 10 pole vault competitions during his first collegiate outdoor season, including five in a row during one stretch ... Won the pole vault at the USA Junior Championships with a mark of 17-4 3/4, defeating NCAA champion Maston Wallace of Texas who joined Berry on Team USA for the World Junior Championships (June 20) ... Cleared a personal-best height of 17-9 at the NCAA Mideast Region Championships while becoming just the fifth freshman to win the pole vault at any of the four regionals since the format was adopted in 2003 (May 31) ... His height stands as the highest freshman clearance at the Mideast Regional ... His 17-2 3/4 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 (May 18) ... Claimed the first collegiate victory of his career at the Tiger Track Classic in a preview of the SEC meet with a 16-6 3/4 clearance, tying the facility record at the time (April 5) ... Was 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 record and Vanderbilt Track record, which were held by teammate Michael Hogue (April 18) ... Extended his winning streak with a 16-6 3/4 clearance while battling wind and unseasonably cold temperatures at the Drake Relays (April 25) ... Stretched the win streak to three with another 16-6 3/4 height, this time in front of the home crowd at the Smoky Mountain Twilight, before earning his conference and regional titles (May 6) ... Tied for second with a 16-0 3/4 clearance in his first outdoor competition, which was interrupted twice by inclement weather, at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (March 29) ... Tied for sixth in the invitational section of the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays with a 16-6 3/4 clearance (April 12) ... Advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after his regional victory and finished in a tie for 10th at 16-8 3/4 (June 13).

2008 Indoor-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 3/4 to take second behind teammate Michael Hogue (March 2) ... Extended his season-best and then-personal-best mark to 17-0 while placing eighth at the Virginia Tech Last Chance (March 8) ... Finished third in pit two at his first collegiate competition, the Clemson Opener, with a clearance at 16-1 3/4 (Dec. 1) ... Placed fifth in the invitational section of the pole vault at the Penn State National Invitational with his 16-4 3/4 clearance (Jan. 25) ... Finished seventh in the championship section at the New Balance Invitational at the historic Armory in New York City with a then-personal-best clearance of 16-6 3/4 (Feb. 9) ... Cleared 16-0 3/4 to take fourth at the Rod McCravy Memorial (Feb. 2) ... Finished 10th with a mark of 16-6 at the Virginia Tech Challenge (Feb. 22).

High School-Holds school record 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 ... Holds both the state and district meet records with identical 16-3 vaults ... His 16-6 mark while winning the AAU National Championships stands as the official state record ... Finished sixth in the pole vault with his 15-11 clearance at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships ... Tied for fourth in the pole vault at the 2006 state championships ... Finished second at the Eastern States Championships, held at the history Armory, after clearing 15-0 but losing the tiebreaker.

Personal-Full name is Joseph Patrick Berry, Jr. ... Born Feb. 17, 1989 in Abington, Pa. ... Parents are Joseph and Cynthia Berry ... Family also includes sisters Chelsea and Kylanne and brother Justin.



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