Classical's Berkson makes history at state championships

Maddie Berkson

Classical's Maddy Berkson was the star of this year's indoor statetrack championships, as she became the first Rhode Island female runner to winthe 3,000, 1,500 and 1,000 meter races.

"It felt great to be the first one to do that. It was prettytough doing that obviously, but I think my training had really set me up tohandle that for the meet," she said.

And to show that Berkson puts team first, she missed theprestigious Millrose Games, an elite runners event in New York, so she could help her teamwin a state title.

"I decided to forgo the Millrose mile because I like thestate meet and I really wanted to be there for the team to try to get the statetitle," said Berkson, a junior.

"It was a great message to young people that even though youmay be at the top of your game as an individual, it's more important to putthings together as a team. And we certainly saw that at the track meet whereMaddy and the other teammates put everything together and sacrificed for thebenefit of Classical track," said Mike Green, assistant track coach.

Next up for Berkson is the New England Indoor Track and FieldChampionships.