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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.”

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