Track: Maddux claims bronze

By Zach Duncan | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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HOME STRETCH – Bridgeport sophomore Jadon Maddux (center) runs in the 100 at the UIL state track and field meet Saturday. Maddux ran a personal-best 10.52 to finish third. Photo courtesy of Richard Cleaver

Jadon Maddux didn’t know where he stood Saturday afternoon after he crossed the finish line in the Class 4A 100 at the UIL track and field championships.

Then the Bridgeport sophomore heard his cheering section. The results posted on the Mike A. Myers Stadium scoreboard confirmed it – Maddux had earned the bronze medal.

CLOSE FINISH – Bridgeport sophomore Jadon Maddux edged out Kilgore’s Jonathan Shepherd by 0.07 seconds to claim the bronze medal in the 100M dash. Photo courtesy of Richard Cleaver

Maddux’s personal-best time of 10.52 seconds edged out Kilgore’s Jonathan Shepherd by .07 of a second for a trip to the medal stand. The biggest key behind his PR was a quality start out of the blocks.

“We’ve been really working on the start. You’ve got to start good in the 100,” Maddux said. “We’ve been working on the drive base to get the start, and the hard work paid off finally.”

Silsbee’s Kalon Barnes defended his state title with a blistering 10.04 that would have set a national record if it was wind-aided. Houston Stafford’s Ryan Martin (10.41) was the only other competitor to beat Maddux to the finish line.

“I didn’t know until I heard my fans screaming, and I figured I got third. It’s just a blessing,” Maddux said. “I knew if I ran my best time, I had a shot of getting on the podium, and I did. I’m happy about that.”

It was Wise County’s second bronze medal in two days. Both were claimed by sophomores as Northwest’s Cooper McDonald earned a bronze in the Class 5A discus on Friday afternoon.

Maddux didn’t return to the podium for the 200, but he had plenty to be excited about after a seventh-place showing. After tying current NFL player Colin Jones’ school record in the event earlier this season, Maddux now owns it outright with a 21.57 that was .05 quicker than the previous mark.

“You catch your breath and then you’re running again, so it’s real quick,” Maddux said about the quick turnaround he faced Saturday. “I ran my best time and broke the school record, so that’s all I can ask for. Hopefully I’ll be back for two more years.”

Barnes had a winning time of 20.55 in the 200, while Sweeny’s Ashton Callahan earned silver with a 20.94 and Kilgore’s Jonathan Shepherd took bronze with a 21.33.

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