Thompson on track to shine at Chat­tanooga

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

Made­lyn Thompson may not have known much about what it took to be a track ath­lete when she first started the sport a few years back.

How­ever, she’s proven to be a very fast learner.

The Her­itage se­nior re­cently made the de­ci­sion to take the next step in her ath­letic ca­reer by sign­ing her let­ter of in­tent to com­pete lo­cally with the Chat­tanooga Mocs.

“To­day means I’m get­ting to con­tinue my track ca­reer, which is some­thing I’m re­ally ex­cited about,” she said prior to her re­cent sign­ing cer­e­mony at the high school’s theater. “When I started run­ning, I re­ally didn’t think that it would go this far, so this is ex­cit­ing.

“I al­ready wanted to go to UTC re­gard­less if I got a schol­ar­ship or not, but when they of­fered me, I knew it was a good fit. It was just more re­as­sur­ance of why I should go there.”

Thompson, who started out around the 19-sec­ond mark in the 100-me­ter hur­dles, clocked in at 16.32 in last year’s Re­gion 6-AAAA cham­pi­onships to fin­ish as re­gion run­ner-up in the event. In ad­di­tion, she also placed sec­ond in the long jump (14-9 1/4), sev­enth in the 300 hur­dles (55.27) and ran a leg on the Lady Gen­er­als’ re­gion ti­tle-win­ning 4x100 re­lay team (52.85).

Her­itage’s girls were the over­all 6-AAAA run­ners-up last sea­son and they won the re­gion ti­tle in Thompson’s sopho­more sea­son. She helped out that year by tak­ing fourth in the 200 (29.07).

“We’re look­ing for­ward to her se­nior year com­ing up,” said Her­itage track coach David Gibson. “We’re look­ing for­ward to great things from her since she’s al­ready shaved three sec­onds off her 100 hur­dles time. She’s a hard worker and I’m glad she has the op­por­tu­nity to display her tal­ents at the next level.”

“Like ev­ery­one has said, Made­lyn is an ex­tremely hard worker,” said Her­itage track coach Kenny Nave. “She works hard in the off­sea­son and she has re­ally pushed her­self to get bet­ter and bet­ter each year. I re­ally look for her to do great things at UTC. Her time has gone down tremen­dously and that’s un­usual for the amount of time that she’s been in the sport.”

Thompson was also a mem­ber of the Her­itage vol­ley­ball team as a de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist where she col­lected 154 digs and 59 aces this past sea­son.

“I hope I can bring a good at­ti­tude and be a part of that com­mu­nity,” Thompson added. “I hope I have a lot of friends there and I think (track) will be a good way to make new friends.”

Thompson plans to ma­jor in nurs­ing.

/ Scott Herpst

Her­itage track coaches Kenny Nave and David Gibson were on hand to watch hur­dler Made­lyn Thompson sign to con­tinue her track ca­reer at nearby Chat­tanooga.

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