Gamers of the Week

Madi Michel’s of Buffalo High School

Female Gamer of the Week: Madi Michels of Buffalo High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are please to present this week’s Female Gamer of the Week award to Madi Michel’s of Buffalo High School.

By Anna Davis, ATC, Administrator of Fitness Operations

Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984 once stated, “As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.” Madi Michels is the prime example of this. Her freshman year she placed 10th at states, and coming off of an injury last season she has high hopes for this upcoming year. She has worked hard all summer putting in long runs as well as starting speed workouts. “She is a very determined, and smart,” states Coach Michels, “she always thinks her way through every race and practice.”

This past week Madi placed 7th out of 180 runners at the Chick-Fil-A invitational with a 5K time of 19:24. Currently she is ranked in class A-AA Girls as 10th in the state. This year she has set a personal record of 18:49 for a 5K and plans to beat that time by the end of the season. When Madi was asked what she loves most about her sport she stated, “It’s an individualized sport, it all relies on you and not on other people, only you can make yourself better.”

Outside of cross country Madi is involved in several other organizations at Buffalo High School. Madi is a member of the Track team as well as the local FFA. She carries a 4.0 GPA and said, “I love staying involved, it’s just what I do.”
With 5 years of experience under her belt she is not an amateur runner. In fact, she comes from a family line of runners. Her mother, Nicki, ran throughout high school and then ran in college for Marshall University. “My mom is the one I look up to, I don’t run what she ran but I want to strive to be as successful in running as she was.” Madi plans to continue running into college. She has plans to study pre-veterinary medicine and attend vet school. Her biggest dream she said, “To be a lifelong runner.”

Look for more Female Gamers of the Week presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. every Friday.

If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week please have a coach or Athletic Director contact Anna Davis, ATC at Teays Physical Therapy Center, (304)757-7293.