Richardson’s season ends in heartbreaking fashion

Bobcat senior scratches out in 4A shot put

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Maddux Richardson, left, is consoled by throwing coach Mike Eggleston, right, after failing to advance and place in the Class 4A shot put event Friday at the state track and field meet. Richardson scratched on his three throws, failing to advance.

DES MOINES — Marshalltown’s Maddux Richardson was still reeling for answers after his Friday performance in the shot put at the Class 4A state track and field meet.

The Bobcat senior exited the circle after his third and final scratch, crouched down and put his head in his hands, pleading for some reasoning.

“I have no idea at all. It just wasn’t my day I guess,” Richardson said. “Coming into the day, I felt great. Everything felt great. I guess it just wasn’t my day.”

Richardson faulted on all three of his throws, failing to place in his senior finale at the state meet. It was a date marked on the calendar since last year’s shortcoming: A 15th-place finish that he was sure to improve upon during his senior campaign.

So much success was the perfect precursor to one final attempt at three or six more throws. But when the final shot landed a few inches out of bounds, the only thought left was ‘why?’.

Richardson set the school record at Marshalltown, becoming the only athlete to throw 60-plus feet with a throw of 60 feet, 4 inches. It was caught on video, leaving the entire shot put arena and bouncing out onto a passing sidewalk, seemingly out of the way. But on that night, nothing was safe.

Richardson battled with some tendinitis, regressed a bit before the district meet, but was confident in the comeback.

“I accomplished my goal coming in, getting the school record,” Richardson said. “But I just wanted to be in the finals. And for whatever reason, it wasn’t meant to be.”

But if anyone knows Richardson, they won’t be surprised at this next goals; they won’t be shocked that he’s got something bigger and better planned, despite a rough go at back-to-back state meets.

“Long term goal? Big Ten Conference champion,” Richardson said. “I’ve already got it in my sights. I’m going to [look at] the mental part of my throwing game and I’ve just got to keep myself healthy. Come out, keep my mind strong and sharp and use all this to my advantage and learn from it instead of being disappointed.”

Richardson is headed to Iowa this fall to pursue more throwing goals for the Hawkeyes’ track and field team.

But besides being one of six throwers this year to toss past that 60-foot mark among all classes, qualifying for the state meet twice and the Drake Relays, and being a part of one the most historic shot put fields in the state’s history, there’s more memories that stick out to him louder than the previously stated.

“This is the town I grew up in,” Richardson said. “Every time I went up there, I’d represent my family, my friends, my teammates and that’s been my favorite part about it all.”

Team Standings

GIRLS 4A — 1. Iowa City West 62, 2. Waukee 52, 3. Linn-Mar Marion 28, 4. Cedar Falls 23, 5. Dowling Catholic 22, 6. Johnston 21, 7. Southeast Polk 20, 8. Indianola 18, 9. Pleasant Valley 17, North Scott 17.

BOYS 4A — 1. West Des Moines Valley 53, 2. Waukee 39, 3. Cedar Falls 24, 4. West Delaware 23, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 23, 6. Iowa City West 22, Johnston 22, 8. Bettendorf 20, 9. Waterloo West 18, 10. Dowling Catholic 17.