Roadrunner at Jesuit


Courtesy of Jesuit Athletics

No. 9 Matt Strangio (Center) running at the front of the pack at the Nike Cross Nationals Boy’s 2017 Championships.

All American standout Matt Strangio ‘20 has started on the Jesuit High School Varsity Cross Country Team for the past two years. Standing at 6’2” and weighing 150 pounds, Matt is currently the fastest Sophomore in the United States and placed 15th at the Nike Cross Nationals Boys’ Championship.

Matt has achieved unprecedented results for a cross country runner of any age, let alone a Sophomore. He was awarded Delta League Runner of the Year and has achieved first place in the Section Division 1 Race, Sub-Section Division I Race and the Delta League Championship. However, these accomplishments are no surprise considering Matt’s excellent work ethic.

“Work ethic is excellent–a primary requirement in our sport,” said Jesuit’s Head Varsity Cross Country Coach, Mr. Walt Lange.

Matt’s race of his life was at the Nike Cross Nationals Boys’ Championship. Representing California, Matt claimed 15th place and impressed many spectators by defeating runners two years older than him.

“When I finished I really wanted to lie down, but I was to happy and I got a massive adrenaline rush, so I went over and celebrated with Liam Anderson who is also from California; he got third,” said Matt. “I may have gotten 15th, but I have never been more pleased with how I raced.”

Since his freshman year, Matt’s character has been a unique addition to the Jesuit Cross Country Program.

“It never hurts to have a national-class talent on your team in any sport,” said Mr. Walt Lange.  “He motivates his teammates. He’s a daily reminder of what is possible.”

Cross country training has been a new addition to Matt’s schedule. Even though he started running in third grade, Matt claims he did not start training until high school. Matt has come to enjoy running, which is no surprise due to his propensity for the sport.

“I love running. The feeling after a good race or workout is unrivaled,” said Matt.

Matt has aspirations to continue running at the collegiate level. He doesn’t just want to compete, he wants to win.

“I want to win a NCAA cross country and track championship in college and hopefully the Olympics after that, or before!” said Matt.

The most impressive part about Matt is his youth. One can surely imagine the success our fellow Marauder will have his Junior and Senior Cross Country seasons.