GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Berry continued its ascent up the leaderboard on Thursday and has a one-stroke lead heading to Friday's final round at the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships. 

Ryan Elmore carded a 69 for the Vikings as they posted a 292 team score. Berry has risen to the top with consistent team scoring (294-290-292 -- 876).

Elmore is tied for third place among individuals. His 212 score trails only Olgethorpe's Anthony Maccaglia and LaVerne's  Kelby Scharmann, who both have 209 totals. Elmore played the back nine at four-under on Thursday. 

Berry's solid play continued on Thursday: Drew Kosko posted 73; Ty Hampel scored a 74 and Kile Williams recorded a 76. Tommy McCloskey fired a 79 for the Vikings, which have yet to post an 80 in the championships.

"The guys have put us in a position we talked about early in the week," Berry head coach Brian Farrer said. "Our goal was to have a chance and to be in the last group on the final day -- and that's where we are. They are excited about working hard [Friday] executing the right golf shots and right decisions on Friday."

Wittenberg had the day's low round (287) and trails Berry's 876 three-day tally by one stroke. Day 2 leader Redlands is in third place (880).