NAME: Maddie Baker
SCHOOL: Norwood High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country-Track-Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2020
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: 2X running All-American
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'5"-130 lbs.
PARENTS: Tony & Becky
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "My grandparents."
FUTURE GOAL: Be a nurse or teacher
Norwood senior Maddie Baker is an All-American runner and her junior year was Miami Valley Conference Runner of the Year in both cross country and track.
In cross country, Maddie is the school's lone girls' cross country competitor and had some key wins this season while notching the second fastest time in the conference (20:34). She won the Clark Montessori Invitational for the third straight year and won the Taylor Invitational. She was runner-up at this year's conference meet and was named 1st team all-MVC.
Her junior year, Maddie was MVC cross country champion in 21:12.68, finishing fourth at the Div. II district championships. She was named MVC Cross Country Runner of the Year and for the third time 1st team all-city. She holds the school record in the 5K run in 19:10.
In track, Maddie was 2018 MVC champion in the 800 (2:28.80) and 1600 (5:23.72) runs, finishing the 3200 run as conference runner-up. She was named MVC Track Runner of the Year and 1st team all-conference for the second time. She holds track school records in the 400, 800 and 1600 runs. She earned track All-American status competing last summer at the National Track Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Not only is Maddie a great student, but she also played a year of varsity soccer and competed on the varsity swim team her junior year for the Indians. She is a National Honor Society student, sings in the Norwood Silhouettes Choir and is active in community service.
Her favorite athlete is Usain Bolt, favorite entertainer is Brendon Urie, favorite book is Hollow City, favorite movie is The Greatest Showman, and most-like-to-meet is Luke Bryan.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Maddie is a highly devoted and talented athlete who is always ready to give her absolute best effort in any task. Maddie is a leader, an extremely hard worker and is always respectful to her coaches, teammates and teachers."
— Reid Faherty, Cross Country Coach