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2008 Men's Cross Country Roster

Al Matheny

Gainesville, Fla.
Oak Hall High School
Al Matheny

Major: Exercise Physiology/Pre-Medicine

Track Events: 3,000m, 5,000m and 3,000m Steeplechase


Highlights: SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 … SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2005-06 … Two top 10-finishes … Earned honorable mention for the University of Florida’s Outstanding Male Leadership Award in the summer of 2008 … Personal bests of 25:02.8 (8K) and 25:38 (5-mile).


2008: Competed in three races for the Gators … Earned second career top-10 finish, coming in ninth at the Mountain Dew Invitational … Recorded a career-best 5-mile time at the Notre Dame Invitational as the seventh Gator to cross the finish line … Ran in the SEC Championship meet.


2007: Competed in the first two meets of the season, the Mountain Dew Invitational and the Tiger Invitational … Set 8K then-career-best time at the Auburn Invitational, coming in at 25:26.51.


2006: Redshirt season


2005: Competed in the first three races of the season … Finished 17th at the Mountain Dew Invitational with a time of 25:41.61 … Earned the first top-10 career finish with a fifth-place finish at the Walt Disney World Classic with a 25:56.61 8K time.


2004: Ran two races for the Gators … Finished 23rd at the Walt Disney World Classic.


Track Highlights: One career victory … Won the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2006 Diet Pepsi Classic … Personal bests of 8:57.6 (i3,000m), 9:21.92 (steeple) and 14:53.6 (o5,000).


Prep: Finished seventh at the 2003 Class 1A Florida High School Cross Country Championships … Finished third in the 3,200m and the 4x800m relay at the state championships in 2003 and 2004 … Took third in the 1,600m at the 2004 state championship … Also played soccer … Team was state runner-up senior season … Member of several clubs and winner of numerous academic and leadership awards … Student government president.


Personal: Son of Albert and Jane Matheny … Father is dean of the Liberal Arts College at UF … Graduated from Florida with honors … Currently attending graduate school in human performance … Enjoys surfing, body boarding and mountain biking … Also considered Texas … Chose Florida because of the opportunities available.


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