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There's something different about Chelsea Berry.


Lowville girls track and field coach Bill Marks noticed it years and years ago. Now in his 18th season leading the Red Raiders, Marks has seen countless standout athletes come and go. But no one has ever been quite like Berry.


"It seems like every five or 10 years someone like that comes along," Marks told the Times in 2005, "but we could see Chelsea coming from a long way, ever since fourth grade. We knew that with her work ethic, she wasn't going to peak like other girls. She was just going to get better, all the way through college."


Speed. Athleticism. Determination. A unique mix of all three. That's Chelsea Berry.


Berry, a 2006 Lowville graduate, still holds school and Frontier League records in the 100 (league tie), 200, 400 and 400 hurdles. Other school records under Berry's name include performances in the long jump, triple jump, 800 and javelin.


She won six state titles in track and field, starting with the Division II 100- and 200-meters championships that were captured during her freshman year. She followed up with Division II triumphs in the 200 and 400 as a sophomore, and the Division II and Federation 400s as a junior.


As a senior, she won four events in the Section 3 Class B-2 championship meet, helping Lowville wrap up its first sectional crown.


Not bad for an athlete who said she joined the track and field team to stay in shape for soccer. She's still thriving in that sport, playing in Division I for Syracuse University. In 38 career games over two seasons for the Orange, Berry has produced two goals, four assists and 32 shots. In 2006, she was one of only two SU freshman to start every game of the season.


She arrived at Syracuse after finishing her Lowville soccer career with 95 goals and 67 assists. She made the Times All-North girls soccer first team three times.


Berry was also a leading basketball player at Lowville, earning second-team status on the Times All-North squad in 2006.


To read about previous selections to the Times' list of The North Country's Greatest 100 Athletes of All Time, log on to www.watertowndailytimes.com

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