CAPTION: Madison Cuplin wears her gold medal from the Junior Olympics of the Amateur Athletic Union. Courtesy photo
Marble Falls High School freshman Madison Cuplin won an Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics gold medal in the triple jump Aug. 2 with a mark of 36 feet and 4 inches. The event in the girls 14-and-under division, drew 46 athletes to the meet in Des Moines, Iowa.
She called the mark “an average day” for herself in the event.
“It was my first year, I’m excited,” she said. “There’s more work I have to do.”
Cuplin competed for the Marble Falls Middle School track and field team the last two seasons. She ran the 100 meters, the 400-meter relay, the 800-meter relay and was a long jumper and triple jumper.
“It’s my favorite sport,” she said of track and field. “I like the single competition. It’s just me versus the clock. We had really good relays (the middle school). We were all really close.”
She competed in the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump at the Junior Olympics, too.
She was 58th out of 97 runners in the 100 meters, 67th out of 103 in the 200 meters, and 16th out of 84 in the long jump.
She competes for Xceleration Sports Performance Labs in Spicewood.
“I always become competitive with everything,” she said. “It makes me feel good when I see my hard work is paying off and I see the progress and I’m beginning to grow.”
Cuplin said she enjoyed every part of the Junior Olympics.
“There were a lot of people there,” she said. “It was cool to see a lot of the events I’ve never seen before. I talked with a lot of triple jumpers. There were people from Jamaica and Costa Rica there.”
Cuplin is playing volleyball for Marble Falls High School this fall.
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CAPTION: Madison Cuplin at the height of her leap while competing in the triple jump. Courtesy photo