by Tremayne Fisher
Madison Smith is a four-year track star at UCM. She is a public relations major and plans to graduate in May. A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., she attended Lee’s Summit North high school where her athletic career began to flourish.
In high school, Smith was twice a state champion in the 100-meter hurdles and two-time runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles. Her team won the 2011 Missouri State championship.
Smith said she became accustomed to balancing scholastics with track and field training, but it wasn’t easy.
“It’s a challenge,” Smith said. “You have to stay organized and on top of things. But it’s basically all I have ever known since seventh grade, so I have gotten used to it.”
All of Smith’s success on the track and in the classroom has translated well to UCM.
In her first three years here, Smith was named all-American three times in the pentathlon. Last outdoor season, she captured her first all-American honors in the heptathlon and high jump.
She has a lot of people to thank for her success.
“I want to thank all the coaches, especially Kip (Janvrin), for teaching me how to do all the events and being really patient with me throughout my career,” Smith said.
In her athletic career, Smith trained and competed with a lot of other successful Central Missouri athletes, including All-Americans Lindsay Lettow, Erin Alewine and senior Zoe Sharplin, her current training partner, who put up high marks and won conference titles for Jennies track and field while Smith evolved as an underclassman.
The Jennies won the 2015 NCAA-II indoor national title last month. Madison had huge contributions, winning third in the pentathlon and fourth in high jump at nationals.
In the pentathlon she scored a new personal best at 3,888 points while clearing 5-9 1/4 inches in the high jump as well.
Smith said seeing her team’s training culminate in a national title was satisfying.
“It was amazing,” Smith said. “So much fun. Obviously something I will never forget — to see a lot of hard work pay off.”
When her career is finished, Smith said she wants to be remembered the same way she recalls her graduated teammates.
“(I want to be remembered as) a very hard worker and hopefully someone that the younger girls look up to as I did the seniors when I was an underclassman,” Smith said.
The top-ranked Jennies compete in the Mule Relays Friday. Competition begins at 1 p.m.
PHOTO BY ANDREW MATHER / PHOTOGRAPHER: Senior Madison Smith earned 11 All-State honors at Lee’s Summit North before becoming an All-American multiathlete at Central Missouri.