THERE HE GOES — Hunter Berry leaps, during a high jump track event, as a senior, last year. Photo by Sandy Forshee
SPRINGVILLE — A freshman at Daemen College, Hunter Berry has been competing in a variety of sports for as long he can remember.
Berry is a 2012 Springville-Griffith Institute graduate, who is now competing on the Daemen College track and field team.
During his senior year of high school, Berry was a three-sport athlete, playing soccer in the fall and basketball in the winter and running track, in the spring.
“Throughout my life, I’ve always been into sports and being active,” Berry said.
“I just love to compete. It’s just been a lifestyle, that I’ve become accustomed to. Sports have helped me build a lot of relationships with friends and have instilled memories in me that will last a lifetime.”
As a senior in high school, Berry played varsity soccer for the first time, earning a starting role as a defenseman. He was named the team’s most improved player for his play, during his first year on the team.
On the basketball court, Berry was the team’s leading scorer and received an honorable mention all-star, for his division.
During his first game of the season, against Eden, Hunter scored a career-high 30 points, knocking down five 3-pointers and pulling down 15 rebounds, during an overtime victory. Berry averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds, per game, during the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament. He was named the event’s most valuable player and was featured on Channel 7 as a WKBW Super 7 athlete of the week.
During Berry’s senior track and field season at S-GI, the athlete joined a team that won its first division title, in school history.
Berry competed in a number of events on the championship team, throughout the season. He was ranked among Section VI in the pentathlon, where he finished 10th at sectionals.
The athlete also competed in the 4-by-100 relay, long jump, triple jump, high jump, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 110-hurdles.
“Hunter is an all-around good athlete,” said Berry’s high school track coach, Joe Marvin.
“He, along with Cody [Schweickert], were great team leaders. One of the most refreshing things about Hunter was his love of competition and his ability to always focus on improving his performances. He was never satisfied with a performance, but never was down on himself, either. It made him one of the most enjoyable athletes I have had the chance to work with.”
During indoor track at Daemen College, Berry competed in the long jump, 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
In the Rochester Institute of Technology Orange/Brown Invitational, Berry competed against high school teammate and St. John Fisher College freshman Schweickert.
During the long jump, Berry finished near the middle of the pack, out of 50 participants. He also finished near the middle of the group, during the 200-meter dash.
“The college track experience has been amazing,” Berry said. “The way I look at it is, just have fun, work hard, enjoy your college experience, while it’s here, and have no regrets. There is a little bit of a change from high school to college.
“Time management is really important, with classes and track. It’s not easy, but it’s life. Nothing is easy. Just like in any sport, there is always a change in talent and it’s always going to be a little bit more difficult, every level you go up. The training in college is pretty intense, but well worth the work you put in.”
Berry has already started practice for outdoor track and will begin his meet schedule on March 20, for the University of Rochester Spring Invitational.
The athlete said that, for the most part, he will be competing in the same events he did, during indoor track, but he said he also hopes to get involved in the pentathlon, which was his best event, during his time in high school track and field.
“Ever since I started college sports, it’s made me better as a person, because I’ve learn so much from my coach, my teammates, friends and family,” Berry said about the experience.
“They’ve taught me self-discipline [and] have given me motivation to achieve my goals and succeed and never look back,” he said of what he has learned.