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Wadena-Deer Creek's Brigetta Berg competes in the discus Friday at Hamline University.

Made it to State

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Brigetta Berg made her final trip to the Class A state track and field meet her best one.

The Wadena-Deer Creek senior, who started competing in track and field as a seventh-grader, placed fifth in Saturday's pole vaulting competition at Hamline University by clearing a career-best 10-3.

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"She was very excited to make 10-3," WDC head coach Patty Berg said. "She almost made 10-6 but she hit the bar on the way down."

The WDC coach credited the presence of Travis Collins for her daughter's improvement in state competition. Berg placed sixth in last year's state pole vaulting competition with a 9-6 effort. Collins is a former pole vaulter who has worked with Berg in practice sessions and was on hand three years ago when she made her first trip to state in the pole vault.

Berg took 15th in Friday's state discus competition with a 103-1. Berg was competing in the event at state for the first time after qualifying at the Section 6A meet in Moorhead with a toss of 107-8.

Berg, a three-sport star for the Wolverines, will now move on to Southwest State University in Marshall where she will play volleyball for the Mustangs.

"She's ready to move on and compete in volleyball at Southwest State," Berg said.

Brittney Noon failed to qualify for the finals in both the 100 and 200 dash events in Friday's prelims.

The WDC freshman was making her first trip to Hamline after taking second in the sprint events at the Section 6A meet. Noon ran a 13.05 in the 100 prelims after posting a 12.72 at the section meet and finished 18th. Only the top nine advanced to Saturday's finals.

"She was pretty tight," Berg said in commenting on Noon's performance in the 100. "I think Brittney learned a lot about the state tournament. She didn't know a lot about what to expect, that it was so crowded with people."

Noon made a comeback in the 200 dash prelims and her 26.55 time gave her 14th place. Noon's section time in the 200 was a 26.40.

Noon came out for track as an eighth-grader and just missed qualifying for state in the 200 in her first section meet. Berg is confident that the talented underclassman has more trips to Hamline in her future.

"I know she is going to be there again," Berg said.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale

junior Amos Schmidt also failed to qualify for the finals of the 300 hurdles but his 42.02 time gave him 11th place at state.

Schmidt was making his first appearance at state after taking second in the Section 6A meet with a 42.05.

"He ran the first heat and he was running really well up until about halfway through the race, then he landed on his heel and really slowed down," BHV track coach Jeff Moore said.

Moore feels Schmidt faces a strong challenge in his bid to repeat trip to state in the 300 next year from Morris Area's Cody Cannon, who placed sixth at state in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle's Tony Szech, who placed a disappointing 12th at the section meet.

Top Section 6A individual finishers in the state meet included Frazee's Skylar Jackson, who won the 100 dash with an 11.16 and took second with the 200 dash with a 22.92, Pequot Lakes' Clayton Foster, who ran second in the 800 and 1,600 with times of 1:58.93 and 4:26.57; Osakis distance runner Stacey Kern, who won the 1,600 with a 5:08.66, Perham's Maddie McClellen, who won the 3,200 run with an 11:00.99, Perham's Elisa Moenkedick, who took second in the shot put with a 135-4 and Sauk Centre's Savana Weller, who took second in the 800 with a 2:18.83.

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