Pregnant coach helps Melrose land 2nd

Pregnant coach helps Melrose land 2nd

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Pregnant coach helps Melrose land 2nd

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Two events in Katie Masog’s life will make this winter hard to forget.

The 27-year-old Melrose gymnastics coach led the Dutchmen to a runner-up finish at the Class A State Gymnastics Meet on Friday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavillion.

Masog also is scheduled to give birth to her first child April 10.

“I had to go in and take a test to see if I’d go into labor in the next two weeks,” said Masog, who will complete her fourth season coaching the Dutchmen today in the individual meet. “They said there’s a 1 percent chance, but after that, it’s fair game.”

Melrose took second place to New Prague, which finished with 149.6 points. The Dutchmen finished with 147.9.

“There’s so much going on right now,” Masog said. “The baby actually made me less stressed about gymnastics because I had so much going on. It makes me more cool and collected, I think.”

Masog was so excited last Saturday at the section meet, she was jumping up and down when Abby Hinnenkamp returned from a broken foot and landed a personal best on the uneven bars.

Family and friends jokingly warned Masog to take it easy or she might go into labor.

“My (people) and other people in the stands were like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ because I actually started having contractions on Sunday,” Masog said. “The doctors said it wasn’t because I was jumping out of excitement.”

The Class A meet will start at 11 a.m., and Class 2A starts at 6 p.m. today at the Sports Pavillion.

St. Cloud Tech/Cathedral took third place with 149.15 points in Class 2A. Roseville won its sixth title in eight years with 149.7 points, and Northfield took second with 149.325.

“It’s hard to come down here to state and hang with the big dogs,” said Tech/Cathedral coach Joel Stark-Haws. “We scratched and clawed, but we’re very happy with our performance tonight.”

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