NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Senior mid distance sprinter Maddy Rapuano had quite a Track career, said New Providence Track and Field Coach Alex Meyer. "She has been a Varsity letter recipient since her Freshman year, initially running distance, but later transitioning to the middle distance races as the years went on."

Meyer lauded Rapuano, not only as an athlete, but as a student leader as well. "Maddy has a great deal of talent and natural speed, but Maddy's contributions to track (which include multiple trips to the Group 1 Championships) pale before her contributions to the team and its atmosphere.  It has been a great experience to see Maddy grow into a leadership role, where her irrepressible personality and humor made for a welcoming place for younger athletes to try to learn. Maddy has no ego, and racing and training have always been a time for her to encourage the best from her teammates and provide an example of hard work and positivity.  I cannot recall a day when Maddy complained a workout was too difficult, and though she has been afflicted with injuries several times in her career, she has always been willing to get back to training as soon as possible."

Rapuano's favorite highlight from the sport was going to Groups as a freshman. She was part of the 4 X 400 relay team with Dea Berisha, Amanda Mauer, and Jordyn Waeschle that placed 5th at the NJSIAA Group 1 sectionals to advance to the Group 1 championships where they placed 15th.

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"When I'm wearing the NP uniform, I feel proud and honored to represent the colors of our school," said Rapuano. "It means I am dedicated and hard-working individual who wants to succeed athletically."

While finishing up her senior year at home, she said it was "very hard to adjust to not being able to see my teammates and have my normal interactions with my friends." She looks forward to hanging out with her friends and getting a haircut. 

Editor's Note: New Providence High School closed its doors for the school year in mid-March, corresponding with the declaration of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In early May the NJSIAA confirmed that the entire spring sports season would be canceled statewide.TAPinto New Providence will feature New Providence High School senior athletes in a spotlight series to be published. Seniors, click here for form. 

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