NAMPA – (Feb. 23) Mandie Maddux started off Day 1 of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships in a major way.
At the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho, Maddux became a WAC Pentathlon Champion for the second year in a row, successfully defending her title in the multi-event with 3,512 points.
She didn’t just casually grab the title, either.
No, instead, she did what Mandie Maddux has become known to do at the WAC Championships.
Her 3,512 points in the pentathlon broke the school record she had set last year. But that wasn’t all.
In the first event in the pentathlon, the 60 meter hurdles, Maddux broke the school record with a new time of 9.17.
She followed up that performance by tying the school record, a record already held by herself, in the high jump with a mark of 1.67m (5-5.75). The jump was good for a first-place finish in that event.
To keep it going, she grabbed another first-place finish in the third event of the day, the shot put. En route to that finish, Maddux broke her own school record with a new mark of 11.94m (39-2.25).
“Mandie had a great day,” assistant coach Chad Pharis said. “Starting off the day with three personal and school records set the tone for the day. She was focused, but did a great job of staying relaxed. That was our biggest focus for coming into this meet.”
That focus paid off as Maddux finished strong in the final two events of the pentathlon.
In the long jump, Maddux finished with a jump of 4.99m (16-4.5), and ended the day with a time of 2:37.25 in the 800.
“I'm thrilled for Mandie to defend her title today,” said head coach Trisha Steidl. “She's worked with such focus and determination over the past few years to get to this point. It'd be difficult to not be pulling for someone who puts so much into their craft.”
Defending her title was just one checkmark off her list of goals. Ever-determined, Maddux showed her will to compete on Thursday.
“She has some big goals for the year and the Indoor pentathlon was the first step in achieving those,” Pharis said. “Her consistency today shows that she is following the plan and is ready to continue to improve.”
Maddux isn’t done at the Championships. She still has events to compete in, and this win hasn’t let her lose sight of that.
“She still has a lot she wants to accomplish these next two days and is staying focused on that,” Pharis said.
But for tonight, Maddux will enjoy the title of Champion once again.
For the rest of the team, starting off Conference in this way lights a fire.
“It's great for the team to have this momentum to start off the meet,” Steidl said. “A win by a teammate should always fuel people to be excited to see what they can bring to their events.”