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Starmont's Berry sets sights on state

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ARLINGTON (KWWL) -

Chelsea Berry's strategy for success on the track is pretty simple.

"Just stay focused, form is key, and run your hardest, that's about it," says Chelsea.

That's the strategy that made the Starmont junior a state qualifier in the 400 hurdles and a two time qualifier in the long jump.

Chelsea's following a long line of very good track athletes at Starmont, and that includes Jessie Klett, who 10 years ago won the 400 hurdles.  Klett was the last Starmont girl to win a state individual title.

"She was a good one, too," recalls Roger Reed, Starmont's head coach the past 29 seasons, "Chelsea reminds me a lot of Jessie,"

That's not just on the track.  In fact both girls were also musicians.  Chelsea's a member of the Starmont band and also plays piano.  Coach Reed sees good rhythm that comes from that skill as being one of the keys to Chelsea Berry's success.

"I just tell Jessie you've got that metronome on your piano," says Reed, "Now put that metronome in your brain, turn it up a little.  It worked for Jessie, and so far it's worked for Chelsea."

It seems just about everything's worked for Chelsea.  She's a 5 sport athlete and is also outstanding on the volleyball floor where she was a unanimous all-conference selection this past season.  Through it all she's managed to keep a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

"I normally stay up until midnight studying every night," says Chelsea.

It's that kind of focus that's made her a success on the track.  Chelsea's 17' 8" inch jump this season is so far tops in the state, and last year's 3rd place finisher now has her sights set on a title.  She believes 3 things will get her there."

"Hard work, concentration, going 100 percent in practice"

So far, she's got all 3 of those down pat.

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