Local girl rolls into second place
CANFIELD -- Jamie Berndt had been winning races all day, so she knew she had a shot at the top trophy in her division at the 68th All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron on Saturday.
The 16-year-old sophomore at Canfield High didn't quite make it, losing out in the championship race by "about 2 inches," she said.
But she still brought home the highest finish ever by a Youngstown racer in the Soap Box Derby since local competition resumed in 2000.
Jamie, who has been racing in Soap Box Derby events since she was 10, earned second place in the Stock Rally division.
"The first day you're there you pick out the wheels for your car," she said. "It has a lot to do with how you run. The wheels I got were good, and I knew I had a good chance. I kept getting the fast lane in the races all day."
Her times for her four races were 28.91, 28.95, 29.14 and 29.9 seconds.
"It was a great week," she said. "The most fun was meeting people. There were drivers from Germany and New Zealand, so you could get to know people from all over the world."
Jamie, the daughter of David and Faye Berndt, won a trophy, a $2,000 scholarship and a Soap Box Derby wall clock. She is eligible to compete in Soap Box Derby events for one more year.
This week, Jamie will compete in the NDK National Championships in Saginaw, Mich.