5,000m - 15:59
8,000m - 26:05 (XC)
10,000m - 33:25
Half Marathon - 1:13:27
About Matt: Matt grew up playing multiple sports, but developed a special passion for running while he was in high school. It quickly became his dream to run in college, and over the course of four years he worked extremely hard to make that dream become a reality. Now that he has graduated college, Matt will be returning to his hometown of Buford, GA to help coach cross-country at his former high school. He has always wanted an opportunity to give back to a program that gave so much to him, and coaching will provide him with the perfect platform to do just that. Starting this summer, Matt will also be beginning his career in the running industry working with Fleet Feet Atlanta. He is a lover of coffee and country music, who also enjoys writing, fishing, hiking, kayaking…basically anything and everything outdoors. He will be marrying the woman of his dreams (Tia) this coming January!!!
NCAA Career: Matt ran cross country and track for Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State University) in Augusta, GA from 2010-2015. During his time competing in college he improved greatly as a runner and became very successful on the cross country course. In 2011 he was a Peach Belt All-Conference runner, and followed that success up in 2012 by being named to the PBC All-Conference Sportsmanship team. He was a member of two Peach Belt Conference Championship cross country teams (2011 and 2013), and served as a team captain for four years. He also saw success in the classroom and earned Peach Belt All-Conference Academic honors, as well as NCAA Academic All-Region honors. Matt has seen great success in the longer distances, and raced his way to a 7th place finish at the 2014 Rock and Roll Savannah Half Marathon. However, the proudest moment of his career thus far was accomplishing a four-year goal and qualifying for NCAA’s as a team during his senior cross country season in 2013.
Matt's Goals: For Matt, the longer the race the better. His main goals in the coming years will involve longer distances on the roads and trails. He hopes to run sub 1:10 for the half marathon, and eventually become competitive at the marathon distance. He has also always felt the calling to use his passion and ability to run in a way that allows him to help others. While he has big athletic goals for himself, he believes that his purpose as a runner goes beyond just running fast times. It will be one of his ultimate goals to represent Janji proudly, while promoting their brand and mission to the best of his ability. He loves the running community and wants to play a role in its fight to provide clean water for those around the world who need it.
Outside of his own running he has the goal to be the best encourager, leader, and coach that he can be for all of his high school athletes.
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