SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 4, 2013

Cross country standouts named Moynihan Student-Athletes of the Month for November


The Salem News

---- — For their exploits both in the classroom and on the cross country trails, Matthew Mahoney of Swampscott High School and Olivia Lantz of Manchester-Essex Regional High School have been named the Moynihan Lumber Student-Athletes of the Month for November.

Matt, a straight-A student with a 101.93 class average, was the Most Valuable Runner in the Northeastern Conference this fall. The Big Blue star was undefeated in NEC races and also finished first in the conference’s championship meet. His top time of 15:19 was the fifth-fastest time in the state across all divisions.

Ranked third in his senior class of 189 students, Matt placed third at both the Frank Kelley Invitational and at the Mass. State Track Coaches Association Twlight Meet (where he ran his 15:19). The Swampscott High course record holder (13:22 over 2.65 miles), he is currently being recruited by several Ivy League schools.

Olivia is also as dominant in the classrom (4.81 grade point average) as she is on the country course trails. The junior was undefeated in the Cape Ann League, was the CAL Open champion and both a CAL all-star and the CAL Runner of the Year. Olivia was also the champion at the Frank Kelley Invitational, the Eastern Mass Division 6 titlist and the Mass. State Division 2 champion while leading the Hornets to a second place team finish.

A member of Manchester-Essex’s award-winning Green Team and a Green Scholar, Olivia is responsible for all press relations and community outreach for the Green Team. She was lead presenter at the Green Ribbon Conference held earlier this fall at Northern Middlesex Community College and is required, as a member of the Green Team, to participate in several service and community outreach days during the school year. She also participated in a two-week volunteer program in Granada, Nicaragua, this summer.