Besides turning into a top long-distance runner on the varsity track and field team for Galt High School as well as cross-country, Madison Petersen added to her well-rounded athlete status by competing on the swim team, in basketball and turning in good grades as well.
At the end of a shortened senior season of track and field, Petersen was awarded the Galt High School Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for those contributions to the Warriors.
Petersen has shifted from track to the pool but Warrior track and field coach Neil Martin noted her devotion to both sports.
“Maddy was extremely dedicated to performing at the best of her ability. She always gave 100 percent in every competition she was in. She was well liked by all of her peers,” Martin said. “As captain, she was an excellent leader.”
Petersen set a personal record in the 3200 meter run in 2018 at the Sac-Joaquin Section D IV-V meet with her time of 12:26.47.
In her freshman year, Petersen set a personal record in the 1600 meter run in a March 29 meet against Union Mine in which she finished with a time of 5:46.2.
During the cross-country season, Petersen set a personal record of 20:20.0 in the 5,000 meter run at the Capital Cross Challenge and set a personal record in the three-mile at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sub-Section Championships, where she finished with a time of 19:43.8.
Those who have followed local prep sports for the last decade may remember that Petersen’s older sister Lauren also competed in all three sports. She graduated in 2009, was a two-time CIF State Cross-County competitor, reached the Masters in track and field and competed in swimming as well.
Martin noted that Madison had been nominated for both GHS Athlete of the Year and GHS Scholar-Athlete of the Year and said she deserved both.
“I was her distance coach for the past three years and I can say on top of it, she’s extremely bright, she’s extremely intelligent and she gave it her all,” Martin said.