So, too, was Berry College.
On a national level, three Americans cracked the top-20 during the world’s most prestigious and oldest marathon on Monday, including sixth-place finisher Rod DeHaven — the first U.S. runner to break the top 10 in more than seven years.
South Korea’s Lee Bong-ju was the overall winner in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 43 seconds.
Meanwhile, three runners with Berry backgrounds all performed admirably at the event.
Brian Brodrick, a two-time cross country All-American during his career at Berry in the mid-1990s, led Berry’s charge at the marathon.
Brodrick completed the 26.2-mile race in 2:40:32, finishing in 139th place out of the more than 15,000 runners who competed.
The impressive showing catapulted Brodrick into some very elite company, as he joined the small list of 150 runners who placed in the top one percent of the field.
Paul Deaton, the head running coach at Berry and an established marathon competitor, ran Monday’s marathon in 2:50:13 to finish 369th.
Deaton, who has been named the TranSouth Conference coach of the year five times during his career, has competed in the Boston Marathon numerous times.
His best personal mark came in 1996 when he finished 126th at the 100th running of the event.
This past November, Deaton won the 2000 Atlanta Marathon, marking the third time in his career he has accomplished that feat.
Nick Fielder, a senior at Berry, finished 784th on Monday with a time of 2:58:37.
Fielder, a two-time All-TranSouth Conference member, is a graduate of St. Pius High in Atlanta. While at Berry, Fielder’s set a personal best during the 1999 NAIA marathon with a time of 2:42:22