Pioneer Focus: Maddie Schuler


PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to sophomore track and field athlete Maddie Schuler for her record-breaking performance in the mile last Friday, Jan. 24.

Sophomore Maddie Schuler races in an event last spring for women’s track and field. After last Friday’s meet at Youngstown State, Schuler is the new record holder of the mile for Pioneers women’s track and field. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

In the non-scoring Youngstown State University Invitational, Schuler was able to garner the record by finishing fifth out of 24 runners in the mile. Her time of 5:11.78 broke a 16 year mark and bested one of the Pioneers’ all-time women’s track and field athlete’s mark by nearly a full second.

Leslie Christopher was the one who previously set the record in 1997 by running the mile in 5:12.28 before Schuler’s record-breaking performance last Friday night.

Get to know the mile record holder…

Q: Favorite food?

A: Ice cream…anytime, any day, any flavor, any brand.

Q: Favorite athlete?

A: Shawn Johnson because she is from Iowa, and she’s a good role model for girls to look up to.

Q: Something most people don’t know about you?

A: I lived in Iowa until I was 14 years old.

Q: Most embarassing moment?

A: Sticking a rock up my nose and having to go the emergency room.

Q: Favorite aspect about running?

A: Being able to do something I love, and living a healthy lifestyle at the same time. 

Q: First thought that crossed your head when you broke the record for the mile?

A: Get out of the way…I have to go to the bathroom.

Q: Who is your role model and why?

A: My grandma because she is the most selfless person I know.  I hope to be like her!

Q: Favorite fast food outlet?

A: Chick-fil-A. They have the best cookies, but I always seem to want it on Sunday though.

Q: Least favorite rule at Malone?

A: Not being able to park in “staff” parking spaces. I still owe the school $25 from being fined.

Q: Coolest nickname you have ever received?

A: Maddawg…pretty cool, I know.

Q: Facebook or Twitter?

A: Recently changed to Twitter, although I’m not that great at it, I’m up to 500 tweets now.

*You can follow her at @maddieschuler 

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.

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