“You throw like a girl.” Yes….yes she does!
That is the ultimate compliment for Jade Madison, 2014 New Buffalo High School graduate and Michigan State University junior. Jade traveled to the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships June 8-10 at the University of Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field in Eugene to represent MSU in the women’s javelin throw. Jade qualified for the national championship when she threw the javelin 47.86 meters at the NCAA East Regional Championships at the University of Kentucky in May, becoming one of 24 collegiate women to qualify to compete in the javelin throw at nationals on June 8.
On the second of 3 attempts on Thursday night in Eugene, Jade threw a PR (personal record) throw of 49.20 meters. Entering the competition Jade was seeded 23rd and finished 19th at her first national championship, garnering her Honorable Mention All American honors. Older sister Lena Madison, who was also a thrower at the University of Notre Dame, and mom Karla Madison made a hectic 48 hour trip to Oregon to watch Jade. They felt like they were bringing all the love and support from everyone in New Buffalo. There truly is nothing as strong as the backing of a small town. This writer and mom would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all who sent positive thoughts and vibes to Jade.
At press time, Jade is on on her way to Florida to start a summer long internship at an advertising and public relations agency there. She still has one more year at Michigan State and is looking forward to more personal best throws and hopefully a return trip senior year to Eugene as a Spartan. Jade is majoring in Advertising Management and Media with a minor in Public Relations at Michigan State University and is on the Dean’s List.