Madamba sprints toward one last hurrah at New Balance Nationals

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Madamba sprints toward one last hurrah at New Balance Nationals

Senior Matt Madamba ran the 300 meter on Feb 15 at Reggie Lewis. Madamba went on to win 7th at Regionals and will compete in Nationals.

Senior Matt Madamba ran the 300 meter on Feb 15 at Reggie Lewis. Madamba went on to win 7th at Regionals and will compete in Nationals.

Connor Lawless

Senior Matt Madamba ran the 300 meter on Feb 15 at Reggie Lewis. Madamba went on to win 7th at Regionals and will compete in Nationals.

Connor Lawless

Connor Lawless

Senior Matt Madamba ran the 300 meter on Feb 15 at Reggie Lewis. Madamba went on to win 7th at Regionals and will compete in Nationals.

Annie Nguyen, Staff Writer

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Senior Matt Madamba had a spectacular indoor track season, breaking three school records, placing third at States, taking seventh place at New Englands and qualifying for Nationals. Madamba is set to compete in the 200 meter at the New Balance National meet on March 8 at the New York Armory Track.

In the latest indoor track season, Madamba broke the school’s 400 meter record of 53.11 set by Harry Gore with a time of 51.50, tied Mike Babine in the 55 meter with a time of 6.76 and broke the previous 300 meter record of 36.90 held by Colin Kraft with a time of 35.21.

“My proudest achievement was getting the 300m record [last year],” Madamba said. “I’ve been striving for [this record] since freshman year and finally getting it my junior year really showed me that the last couple years of training had payed off.”

Madamba finished third at States in the 300m with a time of 35.21 which qualifies him for the 200 meter at Nationals.

“I’m really looking forward to running at such a prestigious meet,” Madamba said. “I never thought I would come close to the point I’m at now. It means the world to me that I was able to perform well this indoor season especially because it was my last one.”

Madamba attributes his love for running to his family.

“Growing up, I had a lot of runners around me and so it was expected of me to join,” Madamba said. “I started cross country and track in sixth grade; I used to do 5K [races] with my family, as a family bonding activity. My biggest inspiration is my dad because at his age he still runs marathons and trains every day; running is just a big part of his life.”

Madamba is known by his teammates for his dedication to the sport.

“He’s an incredible athlete,” senior Tommy Stimson, a member of Madamba’s 4×200 relay team said. “He definitely works really hard every day. Not only is he really determined to succeed, but he always pushes everyone to strive for their best.”

Although track is very individual, Madamba loves being part of his team.

“We’re a really close team; I’ve done this for four years, but the team has never been like this,” Madamba said. “We’re all really close together and we consider ourselves like a family. It’s a really encouraging environment and everyone just wants to see everyone else succeed and do better and improve.”

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