LOUISVILLE – Maddy Sladky has traveled along many successful trails in both academics and athletics at Louisville High School.
She will have an opportunity to continue running on winning paths at the collegiate level next year.
Sladky signed a letter of intent Tuesday afternoon to join the Doane University women’s cross country program. The LHS senior finished her high school career this past fall as one of the most decorated athletes in program history. She said she was excited about the chance to remain involved in the sport at Doane.
“I’ve always wanted to run in college because I really like the sport,” Sladky said. “It’s given me a way to make more friends and has been something that’s really fun to do. I’ve enjoyed running in high school and am really looking forward to continuing that in college.”
Louisville head cross country coach Matt Hammer said he felt Sladky would be a successful runner for the Tigers. He said the four-time state qualifier had become one of the team’s top athletes due to her character and strength of mind.
“She’s been so good here for so long,” Hammer said. “She came out of the gates fast as a freshman and has continued to work hard to improve her times. Maddy’s going to continue to work hard up there, so I see a lot of good things in her future.”
Sladky earned medals at both the East Central Nebraska Conference and district meets as a freshman and ran in her first state event. She repeated all of those accomplishments in each of her next three seasons. She placed ninth at districts in both her sophomore and junior years and added a 14th-place medal in a difficult district field as a senior. Her efforts allowed her to run in state races at Kearney Country Club in each of those campaigns.
Sladky has participated in cross country, basketball, track and field, cheerleading and National Honor Society at Louisville. She is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and CYO at her church and has helped organize many school and community events. Sladky has earned multiple Academic All-State honors at LHS and will major in biochemistry at Doane.