A snow-blonde dynamo who simply could not be stopped by injury, weather or competition, Shorewood cross country runner Claire Maduza was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches' Association (WCCCA) Hall of Fame.
The 2006 Shorewood graduate is the first male or female out of the storied program to be inducted into the WCCCA hall of fame in the its 25-year history.
She was part of a five-person induction class including fellow girls superstars Ashley Beutler of New Glarus/Monticello and Molly Seidel of University Lake School.
Maduza's credentials are almost impeccable. She won the 2005 WIAA State Division 2 title, setting a 4,000-meter (2.5 miles) course record on The Ridges Golf Course layout in Wisconsin Rapids of 14:14.7. She won the race by 18 seconds and her time was the fastest of all three divisions at state. The only other Greyhound girl to win a state title was Morgan Florsheim, who took the D2 title in 2013 (4,000-meter time of 14:29.1).
Maduza led the Greyhounds to a ninth-place team finish in 2005.
The victory capped a four-year career at the state meet where she finished seventh in 2004, 18th in 2003 (after suffering a fall) and second in 2002 as a freshman. Shorewood qualified as a team for state in each of those years, taking fifth in both 2002 and 2004.
In all four instances, Maduza won the state-qualifying sectional race and led the team to the sectional championship.
In addition, she was the 2005 and 2002 Parkland Conference champ and showed toughness, taking second in the 2004 Parkland meet while coming off a stress fracture. She was also a USATF national cross country champion in 2004, covering the 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) course in 18:23.
Maduza won a total of 25 high school cross country races, setting numerous course records along the way.
In that state championship season of 2005, she was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2005 girls cross country runner of the year and was named WCCCA first-team all-state. She was named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2002 all-area team and also earned first-team all-state.
In track, Maduza was equally hard to stop as she won four state D2 titles, including the 3,200 meters her senior year of 2006, when she won the title with an all-class best time of 10:45.29. She also won the 3,200 in 2004 and claimed both the 1,600 and 3,200 her freshman year of 2003. She came away with eight top-six state track medals.
Maduza went on to run at the University of Colorado.