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Feature Friday Series: Maddie Reed

Jan 1, 2021

For this week's Feature Friday, we chat with freshman Maddie Reed from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

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Reed attended Mountain Vista High School and was a two-time first-team all-state recipient in track as well as recipient of the STEM award.

During her high school career, she was a four-year letter winner in both cross country and track & field. She placed 10th at the 5A State Cross Country Championships, following up with a PR and a 16th- place finish at the NXR Southwest Regional Championships. Reed also recorded personal bests at the CHSAA State Track and Field Championships where she placed sixth in the 1600m and fourth in the 3200m her junior year.

Reed was raised in an athletic family, with parents Chris and Carrie Reed and sisters Morgan and Mia. Her father Chris is her main athletic inspiration, having ran cross country during his collegiate years and helped develop her interest in running. Though Reed faced many setbacks throughout her years as an athlete, such as injuries and illnesses, she emphasizes the importance of perseverance and the growth she has gained because of facing these difficulties. She is looking forward to exploring Utah and all it has to offer, spend more time with the team, compete in the upcoming season and succeed academically as well as learn more about herself during her time at the U.

Q: What is your favorite color? 
A: Orange
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A: Italy
Q: Who is your biggest athletic inspiration?
A: Jesse Owens
Q: What is your least favorite food?
A: Cilantro
Q: What is your favorite holiday/celebration?  
A: July 4th
Q: What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?
A: Hunter Hayes
Q: If you had a superpower what would it be?
A: Read minds
Q: If you could be friends with any celebrity who would it be?
A: Zendaya 
Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what song would it be?
A: Glamorous by Fergie
Q: What is your favorite part of being at the University of Utah?
A: The culture among the people and the city
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Lion King
Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: The bachelor in paradise
Q: If you were stranded on an island and were able to take one person with you, who would you take?
A: My dad 
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Architect
Q: What is your future profession?
A: Civil engineer or urban ecologist