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Sam Mattice Named SD Hall of Champions Star of the Month
May 3, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sam Mattice of the USD cross-country and track team was named the San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for April. She set a new school record in the 10k, beating the previous record by over 30 seconds. Mattice is the first track athlete to receive this honor.

“Sam runs so efficient and when she channels her energies in the direction of the finish line I am taken aback for it inspires others to run faster,” Head Coach Will Guarino said. “She has a work ethic that also balances weight work, endurance strength, and speed. A great young person to work with.”

In the track season, Mattice has set personal best marks in four of her fives races. The most impressive of them was her new 10km school record that she broke with a time of 34:54.88 (5:35 pace). The previous record, which stood for only two years, was 35:28. That performance came in the Collegiate A Heat at the Mt. Sac relays on April 15, where she placed seventh overall. Her time currently ranks 43rd on the Western regional list in the 10km.

This past fall she broke the school cross country record in the 5km (17:09) in Sacramento, and two weeks later broke her own record and raced 20:23.4 (5:26 pace) in the 6km at the Bronco Invite.

Mattice is also a great student, holding an impressive 3.9 cumulative GPA, which earned her WCC All-Academic recognition in the fall.

“Her young heart is a symbol of a program that has the hunger to continue to rise to new heights,” Guarino explains. “A program that believes in academic excellence for Sam is an academic student she holds a strong 3.9 GPA.”

Mattice and the USD track team wrap up their regular season this weekend at the Occidental Invite.

 

 

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