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Vederek Matthews competed with the ZHS Track team at the Indoor LSU High School Qualifier Meet, where he ranked 12th in the nation and was named MVP!
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On Saturday, January 13, the Broncos participated in the LSU High School Qualifier, and Vederek Matthews (12) won MVP! Matthews ran the 60m hurdles in 7.95 seconds, ranking 12th in the nation. Matthews was immensely proud to receive the title at the meet.  

“It’s one of the biggest accomplishments that I have… this being my senior year, it just meant a lot to me,” Matthews (12) said. 

When Matthews started running as just a sophomore, he wasn’t as successful as he is now. Sometimes Matthews couldn’t even finish a race! But he didn’t let this discourage him. He worked hard in practice and at home to get to where he is now. 

“… last year or any year before [now], I never got to this place, like I couldn’t even finish a race then,” Matthews (12) said, “… so, especially last year, I was motivated to run, knowing this my last year [and] it won’t ever happen again.” 

Matthews knows that nothing comes easy. He works incredibly hard to prepare for his meets at practice and home! 

“It all goes down at practice first, say the week before that Saturday, and at home, I either do just stretching [on] my own or different hurdle drills to help me just get in my mindset,” Matthews (12) said. 

After these vast accomplishments, Matthews feels like this year will be wonderful for him. Matthews is also deciding if he will do track in the future. 

Along with having a passion for track, Matthews enjoys football during the fall. Going into college, Matthews had to decide which to pursue, and this season has made him confident that he wants to commit more to track. 

“I do like track more, but it all depends on the season. But I feel like this season is going to be a good season, so I do plan on doing this,” Matthews (12) said. 

Matthews is looking forward to the rest of this season! The MVP award inspires him to continue pushing himself toward success the Bronco way! 


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