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Area Female Athlete: Blazing Bermel has lofty goals

Chloe Bermel Year: Junior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Track and field Events: Sprints, relays Highlights: Won two events at Brainerd Invite Chloe Bermel's gold medal collection might be able to fund a small Third World country. The Pequot Lakes P...

Chloe Bermel
Chloe Bermel

Chloe Bermel

Year: Junior

School: Pequot Lakes

Sport: Track and field

Events: Sprints, relays

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Highlights: Won two events at Brainerd Invite

Chloe Bermel's gold medal collection might be able to fund a small Third World country.

The Pequot Lakes Patriots junior already owns two Class 1A state gold medals and a bronze. She's looking for more this season.

Bermel shattered two personal records at the April 15 Brainerd Invite. She won the 100-meter dash in 12.64 and captured the 400 dash in 58.79.

"She has started out her season stronger than she did last season," said Pequot Lakes head coach Jana Lueck. "She did more offseason training. She raced in United States Track and Field events down in the Cities and honed in some of her skills prior to the season starting and you can tell. The first Bemidji meet she broke her personal indoor records. And she has improved at every meet we have been at so far. It's not many meets, but she just blows out her own records."

Lueck said Bermel's starts are a noticeable improvement. She is coming out of the blocks fast and with power. She's also finishing stronger.

Despite all her success, Bermel is not satisfied. After all, she really enjoys winning.

"I love to win and I have to work hard in order to win and beat my personal records," said Bermel. "I'm also shooting for our school records."

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Lueck said Pequot is trying to qualify a number of runners for the April 29 Hamline Elite Meet. Bermel will attempt to qualify in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes and the Patriots will load 4x400 and 4x100 relays to see what qualifies for the meet.

"Chloe is petite and reminds of a deer running," said Lueck. "She is light and flowing. She is one of those runners as a seventh-grader you pick out and say, 'Wow, there is a natural runner.' She has improved her stride immensely over the years, but when she started on varsity you just knew this was what she was meant to do."

Bermel said she is working on keeping her speed for longer distances. She is starting out faster in the 400 dash for instance and trying to maintain her speed. She's also working on being a more confident runner.

"She works on confidence and I thinks she's slowly coming into knowing how fast she is and how coordinated and how fluent her running is," said Lueck. "Her goals can be met easily. We just don't know how fast she is going to be. It's really out there. Her 58 (seconds) she ran at Brainerd was a shock."

Bermel agreed she doesn't really see herself as one of the fastest girls and shocked herself with her 58 last week. She had no idea she would break one minute.

At last year's state meet, Bermel placed fifth in the 100 dash with a time of 12.73. She was on the third-place 4x100 relay with Brittny Bzdok, Mariana Ganley and Grace McGuire. Three of the four are back this season.

Bermel was on the state champion relay in 2014. She picked up another state championship last year in the 4x400 with Bzdok, McGuire and Olivia Lane. The foursome ran a winning time of 3:59.89.

"That was very exciting and we were all impressed with our time," Bermel said. "We did not expect to go out and win. Doing it in the time that we did, we were all just very excited."

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It's that excitement and lack of self awareness that makes Bermel an easy person to work with.

"She is an absolute joy of an athlete to work with," said Lueck. "She brings so much light to our team. She is a born leader and doing a great job at being real with her teammates and about herself. She's very approachable. That makes it real fun to coach her."

Other notable performances:

Softball: Summer Alexander, Pillager, drove in five runs, including a three-run double against Crosby-Ironton.

Emelie Froidcoeur, Crosby-Ironton, finished 2-5 with four RBIs, four stolen bases and two runs against Hill City.

Claire Browning, Aitkin, finished 3-4 with a double and RBI against Braham.

Brittney Boser, Pierz, struck out 10 in a one-hit victory over Paynesville and 10 in a two-hit victory over Milaca. She also went 2-4 with three RBIs against Milaca.

Brooke Hunstad, Pillager, struck out 12 in a victory over Menahga.

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Lisa Kossan, Staples-Motley, finished 3-3 with a home run against Detroit Lakes.

Kelsie Pierce, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished 5-6 with a double and two RBIs against Parkers Prairie.

Track and field: Millie Klefsaas, Staples-Motley, won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and pole vault at Browne Invite.

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

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