Lexington's Madison Smith takes over the track and field
LEXINGTON, Neb. —
Lexington's Madison Smith has become rich in winning this track season, securing first place in all but one of her events over the last three meets, while also breaking personal records.
A successful stretch to start her sophomore season earns her the spotlight as NTV's athlete of the week.
She's become a highly skilled athlete who can dominate on the track and in the field. With talents in the sprints, all the way to the long jump pit, Lexington's Madison Smith has made a stellar start to her sophomore season.
"I think they've went pretty good," Smith said. "I'm not where I want to be with my times just yet, but it is just the beginning of the season."
After breaking the school 400-meter record and placing at the state meet as a freshman, Smith only accelerated into 2018, breaking two personal records while winning eight events in three meets.
"It's always good to set personal records," Smith reflected. "But I just wanted to go a little further and a little bit faster, but I'm working towards that goal."
"She's a hard worker, she's always looking to get better," assistant coach Jeff Neujhar said. "She's the kid who says can I do another rep, can I do another rep always wanting to get better."
Following victories in the long jump and 200-meter dash at the Bulldog Challenge, Madison's success continued at the Hastings High Invite, winning the same two events plus the 400-meter dash in 59.40 seconds, her fastest of the season.
"I just need to tell myself to come down and visualize how I'm going to run my race," Smith explained. "Especially on the curves and however my form's going to be."
"You know they all like to push each other in practice and that's where we see the most benefits," Neujhar said. "She's competing against other kids and getting better every rep."
Even with less than a week of rest, Madison still easily turned around and won each of her races again at McCook, running her fasted time ever in the 200 at 25.57 seconds.
"I just go out and run, it's not like you go in and say I'm going to do this," Smith stated. "That's your mindset that you want to be in, but you never know how it's going to end up."
Smith has also shined in the 1600-meter relay in her past two meets, leading Lexington on the anchor leg to back-to-back first-place finishes.