LEWISTON — Madison Post is a gamer.
After suffering a hamstring injury in January at a meet at Harvard University, she battled through it during the month of February, a stretch during which she won a 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash on February 1. The following week, she won the 55-meter dash at the WMC Championships and came in second in the 200-meter dash and second in the shot put where she set a new personal record of 31’11″.
The second place finish in the 200-meter dash was the first time all season she didn’t win a 200-meter race.
At the Class B state championship on February 17, her hamstring had finally had enough. She finished the 55-meter dash, where she came in third, but it was too painful to run in anymore events that day.
It was the first time all season where she didn’t finish first in the 55-meter run.
She was devastated she couldn’t continue the state meet — not for herself, but for her teammates
“I was heartbroken, I didn’t feel it during the (time) trial, I felt it after my final which I got a little bit of the podium,” Post said. “I was upset, I was even more upset for my relay, because my relay team, we won outdoor states last year. We are very close and I didn’t want to let them down.”
A couple of weeks after the state championship she went back to Boston for the New England Championships, where she finished 16th in the 55-meter dash as she ran through the injury.
“I really just like track,” Post said. “I like to run and I have a lot of support from my team, coaches, and I have a lot of good competition in the bigger meets and even the regular meets too.”
For her efforts and her battling through adversity, Post is the 2017-18 Sun Journal All-Region Girls’ Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.