Assuming Whiteland Community High School’s state finals-bound discus thrower is named in honor of the southern Indiana city in which she was born is a relatively common mistake.
Truth be known, Madison Csaszar is named for the central character in the 1984 movie, “Splash”, to this day a favorite of both her mother and older sister.
A splash is exactly what Csaszar, a three-sport Warriors athlete, has been making during her sophomore track and field season.
Seven days after placing second at the Franklin Sectional on May 20, Csaszar won the event at the Shelbyville Regional with a personal-best toss of 138 feet, 8 inches.
She narrowly missed qualifying for the state finals in the shot put, placing fifth at the regional.
Csaszar’s regional performance proved a far cry from a year ago when as a freshman she finished sixth in the same meet with a best of 108-2.
“I was throwing just under 120 feet last year. As a freshman you can use the excuse that you are a freshman. This time I was expecting to go to state, but not to win,” she said. “I was happier than any athlete could be.”
Csaszar’s progression has been a season-long journey. She uncorked a 131-8 at the Zionsville Invitational on May 2 and a 136-10 on the throw prior to the one that made her a regional champion.
Coaching the Whiteland girls and boys throwers is Dameion Smith, the school’s strength and conditioning coach who in 2004 won a national championship in the hammer throw while at the University of Indianapolis.
Smith represents the fourth instructional voice since Csaszar first became serious about the shot put and discus as a seventh-grader.
“Madison is just a raw talent, a three-sport athlete who has bought into the weight program. She has gotten better and better each week and is passionate about throwing, and that’s a good combination,” Smith said.
“She has really blossomed these past two weeks. Just a phenomenal athlete and a great kid.”
Csaszar’s debut at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University on Friday will be as a No. 7 seed among the 28 finalists based solely on last week’s regional performances.
The top four seeds are competition-tested seniors, including No. 1 seed and defending state champion Adriana Brown of Lawrence Central, whose best throw at the 2013 state meet touched down nearly 22 feet past that of the runner-up.
Brown’s 168-6 also established a new meet standard, eclipsing the 165-4 of Edgewood’s Stacy Martin in 1999.
In all, 15 of Friday’s top 18 seeds are seniors, the lone underclassmen being Csaszar, Hanover Central junior Kayla York (fifth seed) and Lakeland freshman Kloee Fitch (sixth).
“I know I’m going to get nervous being around the better throwers, but I’ll take a few deep breaths before I throw. I found when I do that I get some of my best throws, so I added it to my technique,” said Csaszar, who also participates in volleyball and basketball at Whiteland.
“I feel like I am improving but feel there is always room to get better. Obviously, I’ll be happy to be (going to the state meet), but my main goals are to finish in the top five and throw 145 feet.”
Regardless of where Csaszar places, chances are good Friday’s experience is merely a tuneup for bigger and better things.
Not yet halfway through her high school track and field career, the big picture is smiling back.