Madison O’Neill, North Platte Senior, signed Friday March 26 to run for the University of Alabama Track and Field Team. Some of her achievements include:
Academic All State - 4 Years, NHS, Principal’s Honor Roll - 4 Years
All State 5 times, 400 m champion of class 2, Member of 4 x 400 m champion team class 2, 200 m 3 rd place class 2, 4 x 200 m 4th place class 2, KCI Conference Champion, District All Around Champion
Cross Country State medalist 2020 - 25th place
Cross County Districts Class 2 - 7th place 2020
Class 1 - 7th place 2019
“Without the support of my coaches, and the amazing program they have strived to make and perfect, I do not think I would be where I am today,” Maddie said.
Madison will be running for the University of Alabama under the guidance of Coach Carmelita Jeter - an Olympic and World gold medalist and world record holder. Tabbed “one of the fastest women alive” Coach Jet holds three of the top 10 fastest times ever run in the women’s 100-meters.
“She is one of the hardest working athletes I’ve coached,” said track coach Bailee Giger. “As a freshman, she tore her ACL. I’ve never seen anyone work as hard as she did to get back.”
Her Cross County Coach, Mike Lowe, noted that she had been part of a Cross Country State Championship Team, and made All-State in 2020. He said he knew she was a competitor when, in her first race as a Freshman, she lost her shoes in the mud three quarters through the race, and finished in her socks. “She ran the course in 23 minutes as a Junior,” he said. “This year she ran it in 21 minutes. She has a burning desire to succeed. It was a great pleasure to have her in class, track and Cross Country.”
April 1 was a great day for Katy Tharp as she signed a letter accepting her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. With her were her parents, (Front) Vickie and Carter Tharp.
In the back were teachers and administrators John Kruse, Lenora Miles, Corrine Allee, Amber Webster, Dana Roe, Bailee Giger, Mike Lowe, Ryan Nichols, Brock Dover, Paul Thomas..
Maddie O’Neill and her mother, Kelly were at North Platte March 26 as Maddie signed to run for Alabama. Maddie is the granddaughter of Robert O’Neill, Weston.