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Matt Russ
Matt Russ

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Nelson, New Zealand

Last College:
Waimea College

Height:
5-8

Event:
Distance

Sun Belt Conference All-Conference Cross Country Third Team

2012 Cross Country
Finished 41st at the Cowboy Jamboree with a 26:22.69 8K run ... Ran a 32:42.9 10K run at the Chile Pepper Festival ... Notched a 25:57.3 8K run time at the SBC Championships ... Earned SBC All-Conference Third Team honors ... Ran a season-best 32:39.0 10K run at the NCAA South Central Region Championships finishing 48th overall.

2012 Track & Field
Ran a career-best 3:51.48 1500-meter run at the SBC Outdoor Championships ... Crossed the line fifth in the 800-meter run at the SBC Outdoor Championships ... Took third-place in the 1500-meter run at the Texas Tech Red Raider Open ... Won the 1500-meter run at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays ... Took second-place in the 800-meter run at the JD Martin Invitational Duals ... Finished second in the mile at the Texas A&M 10 Team Invitational ... Named SBC Men's Track "Athlete of the Week" for the week of Jan. 18, 2012.

2011 Cross Country
Ran at the NCAA South Central Regional, finishing 47th overall ... Finished 27th at the Sun Belt Conference Championships with a time of 26:51.4 ... Opened the season with a second-place overall finish at the Metroplex Opener ... Was the top North Texas finisher in three of the six races on the year.

2011 Track& Field
Collected a second-place finish at the North Texas Open in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:01.29 ... Took home third at the 2011 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in the 5,000, crossing the line in 14:53.36 ... Registered eight top-five finishes on the year with personal records in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meter runs.

2010 Cross-Country
Registered two-top five finishes on the year, once at the North Texas Ken Garland Invitational and the other a week later at the Centenary Invite ... Took 30th place in the 8K Sun Belt Conference Championships in 27:09.6 ... In the Baylor Season Opener, he grabbed a 17th-place finish ... Ran at the NCAA South Central Regional.

2010 Track & Field
Nabbed a second-place finish at the Sooner Indoor Open with a time of 4:22.41 in the one mile run ... Recorded a season fast time and third-place finish at the Oklahoma Invitational II ... Crossed the line in 8:41.20 in the 3,000-meter run at the North Texas Spring Classic, good enough for second place ... Registered a third-place finish at the prestigious Texas Relays in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:12.91.

High School/Personal
Ran track and cross country for coach Greg Lautenslager at Waimea College ... Also played field hockey ... Was fourth at the 2008 New Zealand athletics championship as a senior ... Was the cross country champion all four years in high school ... Finished as the South Island 3000-meter dash champion his sophomore year ... Graduated NCEA level 3 with merit ... Has three sisters, Sally, Amy and Mandy ... Is the son of Stephen and Robyn Russ.


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