Matt Williams
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    Matt Williams

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Colorado Springs, Colo.

    High School:
    Air Academy

    Height:
    5-9

    Event:
    5000m, Steeplechase

    JUNIOR (2008): Clocked the fifth-fastest 3000-meter steeplechase time in Academy history at the NCAA Regional Championships...posted a career-best time of 9:01.34 at that meet...finished fifth in the steeplechase during the Mountain West Conference outdoor championships...clocked a time of 9:05.30, which was a career-high at the time...also placed sixth in the 5000-meter run (14:52.12) at that meet...NCAA Regional Qualifier...set a season-best time of 14:31.35 in the 5000-meter run at Stanford...that was the third-best time on the team...all-conference honoree in the 5000-meter run....finished second in that event (15:16.35) at the conference championships...also placed fourth in the 3000-meter run (8:39.16) during the indoor meet...that time was a season high...ran a 4:12.10 (adjusted for altitude) mile at the Air Force Invitational...that was the second-best time on the team.

    SOPHOMORE (2007): Ran the final leg of the 4x1600-meter relay team that clocked the fifth-fastest time in Academy history (16:55.90) at the Drake Relays...clocked a season-best 5000-meter time of 14:30.94 at the Oregon Invitational...that time was the second-fastest mark on the team...posted the team's third-best time in the 3000-meter steeplechase (9:22.65) to win the event at the Military Classic...also competed in the 800-meter event...clocked a time of 1:58.53a at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...led the team in the mile run during the indoor season...clocked a season-best time of 4:09.52a at the Air Force Invitational...also competed in the 300-meter run...posted a time of 8:33.83 at the Husky Classic...shared the team's Track Athlete of the Week award following that meet...won the 3000-meter race at the Nebraska Wesleyan Open.

    FRESHMAN (2006): Earned the team's Newcomer of the Year award...clocked the Falcons' fastest 3000-meter steeplechase time of the season...finished the event in 9:21.31 at the Stanford Invitational...ranked fourth on the team in the 5000-meter run...clocked career-best 14:57.66 (adjusted for altitude) in that event at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships...also competed in the 1500-meter run, clocking 3:55.44a...was one of four Falcons to finish within the top-six at the Colorado Invitational...during the indoor season, posted the fastest times by a non-senior in the 3000-meter run (8:27.14a) and the 5000-meter run (14:49.18a)...also competed in the mile, clocking a season-best time of 4:15.76a...finished second in the 3000-meter run at the Albuquerque Invitational...part of an Air Force sweep of the top three spots...place fourth in the same event at the Adidas Classic.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Runner-up at the Colorado 5A state cross country championships...posted best times of 4:19 and 9:28 (both converted for altitude).

    PERSONAL: Full name is Matthew Keeney Williams...son of Jim and Mary Williams...has one sister, Katie...majoring in behavioral sciences...plans on attending graduate school in the future...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance...hobbies include playing basketball and watching movies...considers running a gift and his way to glorify God...three-time academic all-conference honoree for both cross country and track...MWC Scholar-Athlete award recipient...selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team following the 2008 season...member of the Air Force cross country team...four-time regional competitor...earned all-region honors at the 2007 and 2008 meets...two-time all-conference honoree...lone Air Force competitor at the 2007 NCAA cross country championships...served as team captain during the 2008 season...member of the 2009 track and field leadership council.

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