This week our Taylor County Athlete of the Week recognition has been capture by not only one outstanding local athlete, but four young ladies, that have continuously worked together to become an unstoppable team.
Taylor County Middle School’s (TCMS) Maddy Haddix, Madelyn Lynch, Riley McGuffey and Carly Vandergrift make up the Lady Knights’ track program’s 4x60 Shuttle Relay Team and recently ran their way into the school’s record books.
Back in March, the group of ambitious ladies started the season with a solid performance at the Bridgeport Open, claiming sixth in their event with a finishing time of 52.44.
Less than a month later, on April 9, the team’s hard work was more than evident, as they were able to improve on that previous time while competing in Doddridge County recording a finishing time of 48.49.
Last weekend, the four Lady Knights wrapped up their season recording their best time yet and crushing a previously held school record.
In 2018, Aniesa Taylor, Stephanie Collins, Haylee Poling and Meredith Maier captured the school’s record in the shuttle event with a time of 44.74.
After holding that top spot for four years, they’ve slid down to second and passed the top spot onto Haddix, Lynch, McGuffey and Vandergrift.
These girls worked together flawlessly throughout the season, being each other’s biggest fans and end on a high note.
Hitting the track for the last meet, Vandergift, Lynch, Haddix and McGuffey ran a near flawless race, finishing in fourth place, with a time that was just 0.1 seconds shy of the third-place spot.
Despite not earning the first-place finish at the meet, the group of Lady Knights raced right into the school’s history book, to hold the fastest time in the event, beating out the 2018 team by 0.17 seconds, and recording a new record holding time of 44.57.
In addition to dominating the shuttle event, many of the ladies also compete in other events or participate in other sports.
Vandergrift is a formidable opponent on the track in the 100-meter hurdles, an event she placed top five in multiple times, while Haddix is also a contender in the event, excels at the Pole Vault, is a member of the 4x100 relay team and is a young entrepreneur, making and selling her own delicious jams by “The Mad Jammer”.
Meanwhile, McGuffey found herself at the top of another school record list, holding the second longest jump in the school’s history in the girls Long Jump event.
Although the top spot, recorded in 2019, still belongs to Caroline Wellman with a jump of 13’5, McGuffey held her own on the event, with her own PR and claiming a jump of 13’2.
Lynch not only represents TCMS on the track, but she is a multisport athlete also suiting up as a Lady Knight cheerleader.
And when she’s not running or cheering, Lynch shows the community just how tough female athletes can be as one of the few fierce female wrestlers for the Grafton Wrestling Club.
“I am just so impressed by the group of young ladies,” shared TCMS Track Head Coach Nat Clemm.
Congratulations Madelyn Lynch, Riley McGuffey, Carly Vandergrift and Maddy Haddix on being named this week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week.