Maddux brings home bronze in 200

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
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A stumble early in the 4A 100 Saturday left Jadon Maddux playing a near impossible game of catchup.

The fifth-place finish by the Bridgeport junior’s standards was disappointing. But soon after crossing the finish line, he quickly looked forward instead of behind.

“I’m not too happy. I slipped out of the blocks and it’s not the result I wanted. But I still have the 200,” Maddux said.

Nearly three hours later, the disappointment of the finish in the 100 served as fuel for Maddux in the 200. He exploded out of the blocks in lane eight to take an early lead and he held off all but two runners to bring home a bronze medal. 

Maddux ran 21.58 to finish third in the 4A 200 final.

“That was the motivation for this race, the redemption,” Maddux said. “My goal was to get two medals. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But I wasn’t going back to Bridgeport without a medal. I was fortunate enough to get this medal. I went from frustrated to the happiest man on this field right now.”

Starting on the outside with only one runner in front of him, Maddux knew he needed a fast start in the 200. 

“My start was good. We got another bad draw with lane eight,” Maddux said. “I did have one kid to chase. I just told myself I had to get out. I knew those guys were coming behind me. I was able to hold them off.”

Only Houston Wheatley’s Robert Gregory, who won in 21.12, and Taylor’s Dushon Orr in second in 21.48, passed Maddux.

In the 100, Maddux turned in a 10.77 to finish fifth.

“The eighth step I thought I was in second and then that eighth step happened,” Maddux said. “It stumbled my race. I was trying to fight from behind. In the 100, that’s really tough to do. Not many kids can do it.”

Stafford’s Ryan Martin took gold in the 100 in 10.34.

Immediately after finishing his 200, Maddux turned his attention to next year.

“The goal starting tomorrow is to get back here again. The training starts tomorrow,” Maddux said. 

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