Track: Maddux turns dreams into reality

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Jadon Maddux

Jadon Maddux. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

It did not take long for Bridgeport’s Jadon Maddux to find the track after the Bulls’ football season came to an end.

Maddux opted to forgo basketball and focus solely on training in hopes of snagging a medal at the state track meet. Maddux is now one race away from making his dream a reality.

“It’s unbelievable,” Maddux said. “It’s been a lifetime dream for me. As a kid, I always went to those meets and always dreamed to be on that stage one [day].”

Maddux will run in the 4A 100 and 200 finals at the UIL track and field championships May 12 at the University of Texas at Austin.

The speedy sophomore blazed through the season, claiming 100 and 200 medals left and right. Maddux won District 9-4A and area titles in both events.

He tied a school record in the 200 at the district meet, clocking a 21.69. The previous record was held by NFL safety Colin Jones, who graduated in 2006.

“Track is if you want it or not,” Maddux said. “I want to go get those golds and win these races. It’s me and the people beside me, and [I] have to go beat them.”

Maddux said some people have discounted him because of his small stature, but that only fuels him to run faster.

“There’s been many times [people have underestimated me],” Maddux said. “Small white guy, no way you can run that fast. I turn some heads when I run, and I think it’s pretty funny when they talk to me after the race.

“It helps me, too. No one expects me to step out there and win. You want to work hard and shock them all.”

Maddux’s best time of 10.62 in the 100 has him tied for third in 4A entering the state meet. His record-tying 21.69 in the 200 puts him in seventh.

But he is not focused on seeding – he just wants to bring a medal home to Bridgeport.

“It would be awesome,” Maddux said. “I’ve grown up in the community of Bridgeport. Just to [represent] them well is the dream.”

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