UD's Langley-Walker Signs to Continue Track Career at University of Oklahoma

On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, Upper Dublin senior Madison Langley-Walker was recognized for signing a letter of intent to continue her track career at the University of Oklahoma. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery.

Madison Langley-Walker – University of Oklahoma (Track & Field)

Major:  Kinesiology

Final list of college:  Oklahoma, University of South Florida, Miami, Penn State, Iowa

Reasons for choosing Oklahoma:  “I had a summer visit, and hearing what my coach had to say at the University of Oklahoma, I felt like everything he was saying – he could have great potential in building me up from high school into college. When I went on a visit down there three weeks ago, I visited the campus, I saw how they trained, I got to spend time with my host – she does the same events as me, and it felt like home. The weather – you get your cold and hot weather, so it felt like Pennsylvania, and when I was there, it just felt like it was for me.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in track at the collegiate level?  “In ninth grade, I realized I enjoyed track so much, and as I got stronger in my events and my times dropped, I saw that colleges were reaching out. I felt as though this is something I wanted to do, going into college and maybe after college pursuing a professional career.”

Coach Matt Dwyer says:  “We got really lucky – she came in as a junior for us. We knew how good she was coming in, and I think that put a lot of pressure on her walking in the door. It was a new environment for her, but after a week or two of feeling everything out, she fit right in, jumped right in and was willing to do whatever we asked of her. Our program is a little bit different than the one she came from, but I think once she started to realize what the goal was, what the plan was, she bought in completely and she never looked back. She had a phenomenal indoor season, and outdoor states is probably one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen. She did four events – she’s got to do trials, semis and finals for multiple events, and her last event of the entire meet is the one she wins a state title in (300 meter hurdles). I think that just shows how strong she is, how focused. You can’t say enough. Her determination is remarkable. She’s a once-in-a-lifetime athlete that can do all of those events at the top of the state level and at the top of the national level too. You have to cherish them when they come because you don’t get them often.”

About Madison:
Favorite food: 
Chicken Fingers & Fries
Favorite movie:  White Chicks
Favorite music:  Hip Hop