SALEM NEWS BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR
The Big Blue senior was consistently the top runner not just for his team but in the entire Northeastern Conference all season long. Mahoney won the NEC crown in a blistering time of 15:38, a full 52 seconds faster than his last year’s time when he was third.
He placed third at the Eastern Mass. Division 5 race in 15:39 and was seventh overall at the All-State Division 2 race in 14:50.
“Matt was undefeated all season and performed extremely well at the big meets,” said coach Jeff Bartlett.
The Big Blue captain set a new record at the Swampscott course and was third at the Frank Kelley Invitational. At the McIntyre Twilight Meet he had his best performance of the season, running the sixth fastest 5K time in the state (15:19). Mahoney does it in the classroom as well and is ranked third in his class with a 101.7 average.
“Coach Bartlett has been the biggest influence on my career,” he said. “His training plan and motivation have allowed me to reach my goals and become the runner I am today.”
All-star at Eastern Mass. Division 5 Meet placing 11th in 16:39 to help Generals qualify for All-States … 51st at All-State in 15:53 … 11th At CAL Meet 16:42 to help team finish second … 4th in 17:33 in win over Georgetown to clinch CAL Small Championship for 9-2 Generals … Has 4.2 GPA and hopes to keep running in college … Also plays basketball and runs outdoor track … “My Dad was and is a good runner, supporter, and coach. He is always there for me and inspiration in all my athletic pursuits.”
The Falcons No. 1 runner all season … Captain always finished first or second in dual meets … 13th at NEC Meet … 27th at Eastern Mass Division 4 Meet with personal best time of 16:51 on the 5K course … Qualified for All-States and finished 109th … Ranked in top 30 per cent of class and has 91.5 GPA … Also runs winter and spring track.