2016-Winners

2017 Prep Top 50 Best Performances and Awards Announced

National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) and USA Deaf Track & Field (USADTF) have compiled the 2017 Prep Top 50 Best Performances.

This year, 31 and 30 schools have turned in their boys and girls best performances respectively.

Maryland School for the Deaf has become the third school to win both boys and girls Team of the Year. The last time this happened was 25 years ago in 1992 where Alabama won both boys and girls Team of the Year. The first team to do so was Georgia in 1975.

After reviewing and compiling the finishes of all Track & Field events, the committee has declared the Team of the Year, Track Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year honors for boys and girls.

2017-Boys

Boys:
Top: Team of the Year – Maryland School for the Deaf
Left: Track Athlete of the Year – Bobga Tete, Maryland
Middle: Field Athlete of the Year – Calel Aramboles, Fremont
Right: Coach of the Year – Onyemachi Davis, Indiana

2017-Girls

Girls:
Top: Team of the Year – Maryland School for the Deaf
Left: Track Athlete of the Year – Emelia Beldon, Maryland
Middle: Field Athlete of the Year – Daijuhnae Williams, Fremont
Right: Coach of the Year – Julie Tobin, Arkansas

2017 Prep Top 50 Best Performances

More about NDIAA, please visit – www.ndiaa.us

Older prep top best performances results, Tracksters of the Year and Coach of the Year history can be found on website .

10th Berg/Seeger Classic - Team Winners

Ten Years Berg/Seeger Classic History In The Making

A total of 225 athletes and 17 schools took part in the 10th Berg/Seeger Classic on April 8, 2017 in Austin. This was the largest participating athletes ever. Previously it was 224 held a year before also in Austin. After ten Berg/Seeger Classics, a total of 38 different schools along with 1,112 athletes have taken part.

Ten Years Berg/Seeger Classic Tidbits:
38      Number of schools participated
622    Boys athletes (55.94%)
490    Girls athletes (44.06%)
1,112 Total athletes
23      Deaflympian (including 2017)
12      Athletes who participated 4 years

Top 5 – Largest Athletes
107 Texas
100 Maryland
90   Fremont
84   Model
70   Minnesota

Results/Summary
Top 10 Performances
Updated Meet Records
List of Winners
History

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New Approved 2016 Performance Records

Below is the list of 26 new approved indoor and outdoor track & field performance records made this year in 2016. Next year will be a big banner year because of 2017 Summer Deaflympics is approaching. The Games will be held in Samsun, Turkey from July 18 to 30.

The updated track & field records and Top 10 Performances can be found on our website .

Congratulations to all athletes for breaking new track & field performance records!


INDOORS

American Record – Men
300m
New 37.20 Taylor Koss 23 Jan 2016 John Tierney Quadrangular
Milwaukee, WI
Old 38.5 Brandon Kenny 19 Jan 2007 Northern Athletic Conference Meet
Canton, NY
3000m
New 8:29.24 Tom O’Neill 15 Jan 2016 Sorlien Memorial Invitational
Kingston, RI
Old 9:04.36 Brandon Kenny 23 Feb 2008 Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational
Ithaca, NY
5000m
New 14:27.02 Tom O’Neill 30 Jan 2016 John Thomas Terrier Invitational
Boston, MA
Old 14:32.19 Gregory Coughlan 12 Mar 1993 NCAA III Indoor Championships
Brunswick, ME
4x200m Relay
New 1:36.43 Gallaudet University
Montray Roberts
Toraneau Varice
Alex Close
Jordan Manges
12 Feb 2016 Susquehanna Invitational
Selinsgrove, PA
Old 1:36.79 Gallaudet University
Michael Haynes
Alex Close
Darius Flowers
Vianney Boum-Yamb
09 Feb 2013 Susquehanna Invitational
Selinsgrove, PA
American Record – Women
Shot Put
New 14.31m
46-11.50
Haley Hudson 06 Feb 2016 Hillsdale “Wide-Track” Classic
Hillsdale, MI
Old 11.72m
38-05.75
Carley Lords 27 Feb 2005 Mason-Dixon Championships
Newport News, VA
Weight Throw (20lbs)
New 13.32m
43-08.50
Haley Hudson 20 Feb 2016 WHAC Championships
Grand Rapids, MI
Old 13.16m
43-02.25
Heather Lightfoot 24 Feb 2001 Indoor Collegiate Invitational
Landover, MD
4x200m Relay
New 1:53.75 Gallaudet University
LaQuita Carroll
Shellane McKitty
Lindsey Corthell
Saria Webb
20 Feb 2016 Susquehanna Open
Selinsgrove, PA
Old 2:16.20 Missouri School for the Deaf
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22 Mar 2005 Mule Relays
Warrensburg, MO
Collegiate Record – Men
300m
New 37.20 Taylor Koss
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
23 Jan 2016 John Tierney Quadrangular
Milwaukee, WI
Old 40.5 Carlos Stennett
Gallaudet University
17 Feb 2001 Albright Indoor Invitational
Reading, PA
3000m
New 8:29.24 Tom O’Neill
Providence College
15 Jan 2016 Sorlien Memorial Invitational
Kingston, RI
Old 9:04.36 Brandon Kenny
St. Lawrence University
23 Feb 2008 Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational
Ithaca, NY
5000m
New 14:27.02 Tom O’Neill
Providence College
30 Jan 2016 John Thomas Terrier Invitational
Boston, MA
Old 14:32.19 Gregory Coughlan
RIT
12 Mar 1993 NCAA III Indoor Championships
Brunswick, ME
Collegiate Record – Women
Shot Put
New 14.31m
46-11.50
Haley Hudson
Siena Heights University
06 Feb 2016 Hillsdale “Wide-Track” Classic
Hillsdale, MI
Old 11.72m
38-05.75
Carley Lords
Gallaudet University
27 Feb 2005 Mason-Dixon Championships
Newport News, VA
Weight Throw (20lbs)
New 13.32m
43-08.50
Haley Hudson
Siena Heights University
20 Feb 2016 WHAC Championships
Grand Rapids, MI
Old 12.23m
40-01.50
Carley Lords
Gallaudet University
27 Feb 2005 Mason-Dixon Championships
Newport News, VA
Prep Deaf School Record – Boys
200m
New 23.96 Junior Peters
Minnesota
13 Mar 2016 USATF Minnesota Championships
Minneapolis, MN
Old 24.06 Junior Peters
Minnesota
08 Mar 2015 USATF Minnesota Championships
Minneapolis, MN
60m Hurdles 39″
New 9.98 Matt Sherman
Minnesota
01 Apr 2016 High School Early Bird Time Trials
St. Paul, MN
Old 11.52 Matt Sherman
Minnesota
10 Apr 2015 Macalester Meet
St. Paul, MN
4x400m Relay
New 3:52.03 Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Junior Peters
Anthony Barger
Matt Sherman
Juan Salgado
01 Apr 2016 High School Early Bird Time Trials
St. Paul, MN
Old 4:40.16 Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
William Bondhus
Marty Freeberg
Sam Bondhus
John Fletcher
10 Apr 2015 Macalester Meet
St. Paul, MN
4x800m Relay
New 10:38.77 Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Juan Salgado
Sam Bondhus
William Bondhus
John Fletcher
01 Apr 2016 High School Early Bird Time Trials
St. Paul, MN
Old None – Above is a new record.
Prep Deaf School Record – Girls
4x400m Relay
New 5:22.83 Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Corrie Ballentine
Kayla Mitchell
Chloe Robinson
Meghan Hatfield
01 Apr 2016 High School Early Bird Time Trials
St. Paul, MN
Old 5:42.34 Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Ernelina Beldon
Meghan Hatfield
Kelsey Pickett
Kelley Johnson
10 Apr 2015 Macalester Meet
St. Paul, MN

OUTDOORS

American Record – Men
400m Hurdles
New 53.76 Taylor Koss 08 May 2016 Horizon League Championships
Valparaiso IN
Old 54.11 Gwayne Davis 24 Jul 1981 World Games for the Deaf
Köln, GER
Decathlon
New 7,055 Craig Saalfeld 23 Apr 2016 Jim Dutcher Memorial
Crete, NE
100m: 11.48
LJ: 6.44m (21-01.50)
SP: 12.95m (42-06.00)
HJ: 2.03m (6-08.00)
400m: 51.86
110m H: 15.39
DT: 40.59m (133-02)
PV: 4.40m (14-05.25)
JT: 44.22m (145-01)
1500m: 4:41.12
Old 7,007 Andrew Herman 31 Jul 1993 World Games for the Deaf
Sofia, BUL
100m: 11.75
LJ: 6.46m (21-02.50)
SP: 13.28m (43-07.00)
HJ: 1.89m (6-02.25)
400m: 52.37
110m H: 16.05
DT: 39.86m (130-09)
PV: 4.40m (14-05.25)
JT: 56.80m (186-04)
1500m: 4:35.34
American Record – Women
Shot Put
New 14.16m
46-05.50
Haley Hudson 27 May 2016 NAIA Championships
Gulf Shores, AL
Old 13.84m
45-05.00
Brenda Bessner ?? ??? 1989 ?
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Collegiate Record – Men
3000m
New 9:01.37 Otto Kingstedt
Gallaudet University
16 Apr 2016 New Captains Classic
Newport News, VA
Old 9:45.84 Ivan Alfaro
Gallaudet University
30 Mar 2013 Goucher Classic
Towson, MD
400m Hurdles
New 53.76 Taylor Koss
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
08 May 2016 Horizon League Championships
Valparaiso IN
Old 54.67 Taylor Koss
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
19 Apr 2014 Gateway Invitational
Edwardsville, IL
Hammer Throw
New 56.16m
184-03
Alex Weis
Southwest Minnesota State U.
10 Apr 2016 USF Invitational
Sioux Falls, SD
Old 51.47m
168-10
Wayne Langbein
Gallaudet University
13 Apr 1993 CAC Championships
Fredericksburg, VA
Collegiate Record – Women
Shot Put
New 14.16m
46-05.50
Haley Hudson
Siena Heights University
27 May 2016 NAIA Championships
Gulf Shores, AL
Old 13.84m
45-05.00
Brenda Bessner
Clark College
?? ??? 1989 ?
?
Hammer Throw
New 42.29m
138-09
Haley Hudson
Siena Heights University
16 Apr 2016 Don Kleinow Invitational
Adrian, MI
Old 41.38m
135-09
Julia Dameron
Gallaudet University
20 Apr 2002 CAC Championships
Towson, MD
Prep Deaf School Record – Boys
3200m
New 9:41.01 Gashaw Duhamel
Tennessee
19 May 2016 TSSAA Class A-AA East Sectional Meet
Knoxville, TN
Old 9:41.19 Gashaw Duhamel
Model
18 Apr 2015 Berg/Seeger Classic
Danville, KY

RECOGNITION

Indoor Marathon – Women
  5:46:22 Rachel Young 31 Dec 2013 Hawk Indoor Marathon
Hagerstown, MD
2016-Winners

2016 Prep Top 50 Best Performances and Awards Announced

National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) and USA Deaf Track & Field (USADTF) have compiled the 2016 Prep Top 50 Best Performances.

This year, 38 and 35 schools have turned in their boys and girls best performances respectively.

2016 Prep Top 50 Best Performances

After reviewing and compiling the finishes of all Track & Field events, the committee has declared the Team of the Year, Track Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year honors for boys and girls.

2016-Boys

Boys:
Top: Team of the Year – Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Left: Track Athlete of the Year – Gashaw Duhamel, Tennessee
Middle: Field Athlete of the Year – Kyrell Cummings, Minnesota
Right: Coach of the Year – Steven Fuerst, Minnesota

2016-Girls

Girls:
Top: Team of the Year – Maryland School for the Deaf
Left: Track Athlete of the Year – Shanieka Coleman, Mississippi
Middle: Field Athlete of the Year – Daijuhnae Williams, Fremont
Right: Coach of the Year – Randy Shank, Maryland


More about NDIAA, please visit – www.ndiaa.us

For all previous years’ prep top best performances, Tracksters of the Year, and Coach of the Year, they can be found on website .

Betty Afton Hogan Berg

Betty Berg Obituary‏

Betty Afton Hogan Berg drew her last breath on May 31, 2016 in Round Rock, Texas at age 92. Betty was born on January 31, 1924 in Hatch, Idaho to parents Alma Nelson Hogan and Elizabeth Myers Lloyd Hogan. Betty was the eldest of 5 children.

Betty became profoundly deaf at age 5 from a formidable foe, Spinal Meningitis and would have to learn to walk again. This took over 2 years and she entered the Idaho School for the Deaf at age 8. At 15, she read the book, “Gone with the Wind” and wrote a letter to author Margaret Mitchell asking if there would be a sequel. Betty was bookish and this served her well in life. Graduating in 1941, she headed off on a train with a full scholarship to attend Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. She travelled the train in a car full of American soldiers heading East. Assuredly, she was the topic of conversation aboard the Union Pacific as she was striking in personality, looks and spirit. She was in for a complete culture shock once she set foot on the streets of our nation’s capitol.

Awe-inspiring Georgian architecture, massive monuments, and big buildings were all new territory for this courageous cowgirl. The academic program at Gallaudet included Latin and she immersed herself in her studies and social activities—this was against the backdrop of a country still reeling from the Great Depression and awash in awe-inspiring patriotism during World War II.

Soon, she met a smart and reserved Montana boy, Thomas Olof Berg at a dance at Gallaudet and it was love at first sight for both. She was struck by how he comported himself as a gentleman. Tom said that Betty was “saucy” like his favorite cinema actress, Susan Hayward. They married on June 6, 1945. They balanced one another out, and together, they taught in two residential schools for the deaf, Maryland and Idaho. Later, Tom took a job as Assistant Dean of Students and Head Track Coach at Gallaudet College in 1956, and their growing family drove their 1956 Ford Fairlane from Idaho to the D.C. area. Betty was a stay-at-home mom for many years. Later, she would become a fixture at Gallaudet University in the Department of Sign Communication and taught sign language.

From the 1960’s through the 80’s, Betty would teach hundreds of students—some included a couple of U.S. Congressmen, past presidents of Gallaudet, parents of deaf children, and late deafened adults. One of her proudest achievements was teaching a young Army veteran who had recently lost his hearing to a bomb blast in Viet Nam. She helped this PTSD survivor in a significant way. Having two sons in the Navy (Fred) and Army (Dave) during that tumultuous era and knowing the costs of any war were particularly poignant for Betty. Especially then. In 1973 she started teaching sign language in the public school system. She retired from Parkdale High School in 1986 having inspired many young students to pursue careers in deaf education, interpreting, etc. Betty was there at its genesis when sign language instruction was gaining momentum and traction. Today, American Sign Language has risen to great prominence and meets the criteria of a foreign language credit in many high schools across the country.

Betty had no artificial persona. She took people at face value and saw beyond labels, class distinction, and background. She was a “people person” to her core. Part of her calling card was her authenticity. Known for her fire, loyalty, intelligence and her fun loving nature, Betty’s pioneer heritage was strong. She held true to her core values and beliefs throughout her life never caving or knuckling under pressure to conform to anything that did not ring true to her. Her parents forged a fruitful life and were proud cattle ranchers of the BAR ON located on the Oregon Trail. Through determination and grit, it was one of the nicest ranches in Southeastern Idaho.
Betty loved the rugged beauty of the Mountain West. She recalled instances when her father would ask her to join him on cattle drives and she went along with great joy coming back from each long ride caked with trail dust. When asked recently if she was a proud Idahoan, she exclaimed with steely and squinted blue-grey eyes, “you bet I am!” Her life force was full of verve and her laugh was infectious to the ear and eye. She was a tremendous helpmate to her wonderful husband, Tom, and was a beloved teacher and friend to many.

Clearly, the centerpiece of Betty’s life were her family. Survivors include her beloved children Frederick, David and Jennifer. Daughters-in-Law include Chris and Rosario. Grandchildren are Sarah, Erika, David and Trina. Great grandchildren are Levi, and twins Owen and Braxton, her sisters Joyce Bowles (George), Mary Anne Yorgason (Kendall) and Susanne Eliason(Peter). She is predeceased by her beloved brother, Bill and her loving and faithful husband, Tom. Her earthly departure leaves a big hole in our hearts, but we know we shall see her again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the your local animal shelter or the Veterans of Foreign Wars (vfw.org ) in her memory. Services under the direction of Sims Funeral Services, Soda Springs, Idaho (208) 547-3742). Funeral will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Bancroft, Idaho on June 18, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. with internment to follow in Chesterfield, Idaho. Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If for Girls” was her guiding light for 75 years; it hung proudly in the original frame by her bedside since she was a teen. Go sweetly, Betty Afton. Psalms 23.