JERSEY CITY, NJ — For taking home a Union County title this week, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School track star Maddy Bord is the week’s Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Jersey City Armory, Bord beat out 13 other girls with a time of 11:54.28 to take home the Union County title in the 3200 Meter Run.
“It’s always good when someone gets rewarded for their efforts like that, and I think going into the race, I had a feeling that Maddy would do real well. It all depended on who’d be running what event, and when I saw how it was going to play itself out,” Raiders track coach Jeff Koegel said. "We had talked about race strategy and things like that -- and she blew the race open. It would’ve been nice if she had someone to work with, to pace off of, but she pretty much ran away from everyone else.”
Bord’s victory was the Raider girls’ only win in the counties. It marked a signature moment not only in Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s track season, but for the junior’s season as well. She had struggled earlier in the year and dealt with injuries that at times kept her from running her best times.
“I think it lifted her spirits a good bit, because she hit a bit of a rough patch in cross country — some injuries and things — and it was a long road and a lot of hard work to get back, so that was something tangible for her as a reward, a payoff, for all that work coming back,” Koegel said.
Bord’s performance on the track has put her at a lead-by-example leader of the Raiders track program, according to Koegel.
“Maddy is a very driven young lady. She works very hard, puts a lot of work into this. So she sets a good example for the other girls in terms of what they need to do — in terms of workout efforts and race efforts and things like that. She doesn’t necessarily need to be a vocal person, but she sets an incredible example for everyone else,” he said.
Bord will look to continue to make noise in the state and beyond in the coming weeks, as she will compete in a regional competition next week at the New York City Armory in Manhattan to hopefully qualify for Easterns.
“We’re going to focus on getting her time down and trying to get her more solidly in a position to get accepted into Easterns. So that’s the current goal right now, we’re tuning up for that,” said Koegel. “She’s run a lot of PRs this season in a lot of race position, so I think everything is starting to come together.”
Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree is invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.
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