Maddie Meyers '12

When a crowd of runners is thundering toward the finish line, whether it’s in a state, regional or national race, Maddie Meyers ’12 is often out in front.

As a freshman at the University of Washington, she made the national qualifying team for cross country, was selected to run for the PAC 12 Championship meet in the 1500 meter, and also ran in the NCAA Championships. More recently, she captured her first big collegiate victory of her career, coming in first in the 6000 meter at the Sundodger Invitational cross country race in September 2014. Outdistancing 50 other athletes from across the nation, she crossed the finish line nine seconds ahead, crossing in 20 minutes, 21 seconds.

Maddie first caught the running bug in 6th grade when she was at The Northwest School. As a middle schooler she was required to choose between cross country, soccer, and a variety of other sports. She chose cross country. In addition to effective coaching, Maddie was constantly buoyed by the support of her NWS classmates and teachers. “Everyone at the school was encouraging. Kids would come up and say hi and congratulations—I saw that I had this whole population behind me.”