Matt Russ
Matt  Russ

Nelson, New Zealand

High School:
Waimea College


Cross Country:
• Earned second-team all-conference honors when he finished 11th at the Conference USA Championships
• Qualified for the NCAA South Central Regionals where he finished in 36th (31:32.6
• Had a season-best 8K at the Chile Pepper Festival (25:26.9
• Finished seventh at the Bear Twilight Invitational 4 mile run (19:00.0).

800 Meter:
• Set the school record in the indoor season, posting a time of 1:53.17 in the 800M dash
• Won the SBC Indoor Championships
• Placed third at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships with season-best 1:52.56.
1500 Meter:
• Finished first at both the North Texas Classic and the Texas Relays
• Ran a season-best of 3:46.55 at the Beach Invitational.
• Finished third at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships in 4:15.01
3000 Meter:
• Crossed the finish line first at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships.

Cross Country:
• Notched a 25:57.3 8K run time at the Sun Belt Conference Championships
• Earned Sun Belt All-Conference honors
• Ran a season-best 32:39.0 10K run at the NCAA South Central Region Championships finishing 48th overall
• 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.

800 Meter:
• Crossed the finish-line fifth at the SBC Outdoor Championships ...
1500 Meter:
• Ran a career-best 3:51.48 at the SBC Outdoor Championships
• Won the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
• Named SBC Men's Track "Athlete of the Week" for the week of Jan. 18, 2012.
Cross Country:
• 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
• Finished 27th at the Sun Belt Conference Championships with a time of 26:51.4
• Ran at the NCAA South Central Regional, finishing 47th overall.

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.
• 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.

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 3000m 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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