, Salem, MA

Sports Special

April 1, 2014

2014 Salem News Student Athlete Award profile: Matt Mahoney, Swampscott

Throughout his high school career, Matt Mahoney has received not only numerous athletics honors, but has been recognized for his academic excellence, as well.

His relentless work ethic and attention to detail shines through in everything he takes on and accomplishes in his high school career.

This past fall, Matt was named The Salem News Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year for his outstanding achievements at Swampscott. He won the Northeastern Conference crown in a time of 15:38, a full 52 seconds faster than his last year’s time when he was third. He also 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.

“Although Matt is one of the top distance runners in Massachusetts, when he steps up the startling line of a race, you can bet he has done the most he can, in the smartest way, to get to the line healthy and ready to run a fast time,” said Jeff Bartlett, who’s coached Matt in cross-country and track the past three years.

The Big Blue captain, who will attend Brown University in the fall, 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 fifth fastest 5K time in the state (15:19). He also qualified for the Championship section of Indoor Nationals in the 2-mile.

Academically, Matt ranks third in his class out of 186 students with a GPA of 101.19. He’s taking five advanced placement classes this year including AP calculus and AP Spanish. Matt has earned several academic awards and recognition, such as the Cornell Book Award, the Resselaer Polytechnic Institute Award and is nominated for academic excellence in Honors Physics.

“It is very rare that someone so young can be identified as an elite member of his or her generation,” said Mahoney’s history teacher James Morrison. “I would submit that Matt Mahoney does, in fact, possess the necessary attributes to qualify as a member of this prestigious group. His track record is one of academic excellence, leadership and a motivation to serve. He is an inquisitive learner whose drive for academic excellence is only surpasses by his thirst for knowledge.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Student-Athlete 2014
Local News
  • Keenan to resign to take Salem State job

    SALEM — State Rep. John Keenan said Tuesday he will resign from office Aug. 24 to take a new job as vice president of administration at Salem State University.
    His announcement ended months of speculation about where the five-term Democrat would end up after leaving the Legislature. As it turns out, he is leaving four months before his term would have expired.

    July 29, 2014

  • Chism attorney challenging legislation

    DANVERS -- The attorney for the Danvers teen charged with raping and murdering his math teacher last October is arguing that the 1996 state law requiring that he be tried as an adult is unconstitutional. The argument by Philip Chism's attorney comes

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_SN_DLE_PATROL4 Party problems persist in Point SALEM -- 'Tis the season for parties in the Point. Three years after a large Fourth of July gathering in the densely inhabited neighborhood led to a violent confrontation between partygoers and police, Chief Paul Tucker says his department continues

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • lottery.jpg 'Lucky' Salem store sells $15M lottery ticket

    SALEM -- An anonymous person used a trust to claim a $15 million grand prize Tuesday from a $30 scratch ticket bought at a local corner store. It is the largest instant "scratch and win" prize ever in the state's history. Nicole's Food Store at 406

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • shelter2 Ipswich Animal shelter is looking to expand

    IPSWICH -- Dogs and cats living together -- well, it's easier when you've got the space. And that's exactly what the Ipswich Animal Shelter is hoping to get by expanding their facility on Fowler's Lane. Also in the mix is an understanding of animal

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos