Northeast Tarrant

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Maddie Telford, L.D. Bell

Sport: Track and Field

Class: Senior

Her story: The Bell track star has been running for the past 12 years and recently finished up a great career at the regional track meet. Telford first started after watching her sister, Clara, during summer meets and decided that track and field was something she wanted to pursue. Primarily a hurdler and pole vaulter, the senior has competed in most field events during high school. She didn't have the final year she had hoped for, but finished strong after a slow start. A week prior to the District 7-6A meet, Telford competed in five field events for the first time since she was in the eighth grade (pole vault, 100-meter and 300m hurdles, high jump and 4x400 relay). She scored in every event and earned a medal in four. She ended the meet as the team's leading scorer. “After that meet, I was so excited for districts,” she said. At district, Telford won twice in the 100 hurdle and pole vault and advanced with a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles. Despite a tough area meet with the likes of DeSoto and Duncanville, she was still able to win again in pole vault. In the 100 hurdles, she was about to place second and break Clara's school record when she tripped on the final jump, finishing last. “I walked off the track crying, because not only did the chance to run at regionals slip through my hand, but so did the chance of breaking my sister's school record,” she said. Telford would go on to compete in the pole vault at regionals, where she finished two slots away from a state appearance (fourth), and matched a season-best mark. Telford signed as a pole vaulter with the United States Air Force Academy.

Fun fact: Telford says she wishes she could run distance events, which she did when she was younger, but as the years went by, she found it more difficult.

She said: “My sister is my biggest role model for me when it comes to track. She held the pole vault record at Bell before I broke it. That was motivation to always do better.”

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