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Maddux dazzles in sprints

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, April 6, 2019
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Pulling Away

PULLING AWAY – Bridgeport’s Jadon Maddux sprints ahead of the pack during the boys 100 at the District 8-4A championships. Maddux claimed gold with a 10.58. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

A large crowd quickly gathered around the finish line in advance of the boys 100 at the District 8-4A championships.

It was no secret who they were there to see.

Bridgeport’s Jadon Maddux, who took bronze in the event at the state meet last year, put on another show for the crowd Thursday afternoon at Porcupine Stadim. The junior speedster finished in 10.58, emphatically defending his title.

“I really don’t think about it,” said Maddux of the crowd. “If you let it get to you, then yeah, it will. But I’ve run in a lot of big meets. I’m blessed to have run in the Texas Relays and state where there’s 10,000 people watching you. It makes you sit and think, ‘Wow, I’m blessed.'”

Maddux also successfully defended his 200 crown, running away with the gold in 21.68.

“I think he ran great,” said Bridgeport coach Braden Ritchey. “He’s as special as I’ve ever been around. His work ethic is what takes him over the top.”

Clearing Hurdles

CLEARING HURDLES – Decatur’s Jared Allison leaps over a hurdle at Thursday’s District 8-4A championships in Springtown. Allison claimed gold in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

DECATUR’S ALLISON SWEEPS HURDLES

Jared Allison got off to an awkward start in the boys 110 hurdles.

“I actually slipped out of the blocks,” Allison said. “My whole hand jumped.”

But the Decatur junior quickly recovered, posting a 15.87 to win the 110 hurdles. He later took gold in the 300 hurdles, clocking a 41.32.

“I just saw the guy in front of me and wanted to catch him,” Allison said. “I guess that made me run faster. I needed to win to get points for the team.”

Bridgeport’s Hall takes silver in high jump

On her final attempt Wednesday morning, Bridgeport’s Zoe Hall approached the high jump bar with confidence.

In one fluid motion, she cleared 5-4, securing her place on the podium.

“The pressure was there, obviously, because a Springtown girl had cleared it,” Hall said. “I just envisioned myself going over the bar, and I did.”

Hall was unable to clear the next height of 5-6, coming up short on what would have been a new personal record. She took silver since Springtown’s Tegan Burdick cleared 5-4 on her first attempt.

“She definitely competed,” said Bridgeport coach Alison Jones. “She’s an athlete.”

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