Fifth Annual Berg/Seeger Classic Proclaimed a Success

The Fifth Annual Berg/Seeger Track & Field Classic for Mainstreamed and Deaf Prep Schools across America was held at Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind (ASDB) on April 20-21, 2012. California School for the Deaf, Fremont (CSDF) came away with the Boys' Team Overall Championship while Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) in Washington, D.C. took the Girls' championship home. CSDF boys' team scored 158 points, a comfortable victory over second place Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) with 123 points and California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) who came in third with 117. The girls' championship was much closer as MSSD had a four-point margin of victory with 116 over Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) who finished with 112 points. CSDF with a score of 109 for third but officially came into a second place tie with MSAD. After all the scores were tallied on Saturday afternoon, CSDF and CSDR had 109 and 52 points, respectively. An USADTF official spotted an error with one athlete that was from CSDF but scored three points for CSDR. At that time, CSDF did not make a protest for the results so they received third place honors. Officially, MSAD and CSDF girls were tied for second with a score of 112, and CSDR's actual score is 49, not 52. At the Berg/Seeger Classic, a total of 132 athletes from 14 schools (11 Deaf, 3 Mainstreamed) competed. Over the weekend, 11 meet records were broken – 6 girls' and 5 boys'. The Ruth T. Seeger award recipients for girls were: Elissa Letendre, SR from The Learning Center (TLC) in Massachusetts was named best Track Athlete while Lori Eldred, JR from MSSD was named Best Field Athlete. Sabina Shysh, SO from ASDB received Best All-Around Athlete honors. The Thomas O. Berg award recipients for boys were: Mohamed Kamara, SR from MSD for best Track Athlete, and Gregory Spriggs-Cudjo, SR from CSDF was named Best Field Athlete. Taylor Koss, SR from Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD) received Best All-Around Athlete honors. For more information from the 5th Berg/Seeger Classic, you can click on this link, which will download a PDF document for Summary/Photos, School List, Roster, Results, Records and more at For the Top 10 Performances list of each event from Berg/Seeger in the 5-year history of the meet, click here - Photos of the event can be seen at the SportsMX Facebook page at!/SportsMX/photos
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