ROUND ROCK — The Madisonville cross-country team sent Madi Caperton to Round Rock on Saturday after she qualified for the UIL Texas State Championships.
Caperton qualified as a sophomore and represented her school at the 4A level.
“It was truly an honor to compete at the state meet,” said Caperton. “It was an awesome feeling but also very nerve-racking at the same time. I’d say it increased my self-confidence even more and I look forward to qualifying in the future whether it’s cross-country again or track.”
While Caperton qualified personally, she stressed the bond between her and her teammates and the support they’ve given her and each other this season. The Mustang cross-country team is coached by Jo Dorman.
“My team is comprised of some my best friends,” said Caperton. “We stick together in all that we do. We push each other to constantly be better while also competing against one another. My team was there to support me every step of the way.”
Coach Dorman and the team visited Caperton after the meet and enjoyed how anxious and excited she is to get to work on the upcoming track season.
“Not many athletes make it to the state level of competition,” said Dorman. “She has certainly gained a lot of experience that will help her over the next two years.”
The feeling is mutual for Caperton and her teammates. While the sophomore hopes to one day be offered a scholarship to run at the collegiate level, she also has aspirations to follow in Dorman’s footsteps and become a cross-country and track coach someday.
“Coach was with the team and I throughout the whole season,” said Caperton. “She treats us like her own and loves unconditionally. She’s a role model and just as proud of us no matter what the outcome of a given race is. She is the rock of our team.”
While Caperton admitted her first shot at State didn’t quite go the way she hoped, she was still proud to represent Madisonville at such a high level. With two years left to compete, we haven’t seen the last of this runner.
The next chance to see her and other Mustang runners will come this Spring for the 2018 track season.