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Ducks Cross Country BIO
Matthew Centrowitz
Player Profile:
Matthew Centrowitz 114997
Position: Distance
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
City/State: Arnold, Md.
High School: Broadneck
Experience: 3 Letters

IAAF World Championships Bronze Medalist (1,500 Meters)
USA National Champion (1,500 Meters)
NCAA Champion (1,500 Meters)
Pac-10 T&F Newcomer of the Year
3-Time Pac-10 Champion (1,500 Meters, three times)
2 School Records (1,500 Meters; Distance Medley Relay-i)
7-Time All-American

The nation's top 1,500 meter runner in 2011 after claiming national titles at the USA Track & Field Championships and the NCAA Championships. IAAF World Championships bronze medalist. A three-time Pac-10 champ at 1,500 meters. Broke the school record by nearly two seconds (3:34.69) at a Diamond League meet in Paris in the summer of 2011. Also a cross country All-American as a in 2010-11 with a 10th place national finish. Part of Oregon's memorable 1-2-3 1,500 meters sweep at the 2010 NCAA Championships. A 2010 1,500 meter finalist at the USA Championships. The No. 1-ranked collegian at 1,500 meters as a freshman in 2009 (3:36.92) was tabbed the Pac-10’s Track & Field Newcomer of the Year. The 2009 Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion at 1,500 meters. Scored points with his sixth place finish in the mile to help Oregon win its first ever NCAA Indoor Track & Field national title in 2009. Was a 2009 All-American in cross country, helping Oregon to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships with a 27th-place finish. Won the 5,000 meters at the 2008 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships to advance to the World Championships.

2010-11: USA national 1,500 meter champion. NCAA 1,500 meter champion. IAAF World Championships bronze medalist. Pac-10 1,500 meter champion. School record (1,500 meters). All-American (1,500 meters). Outdoors - Perfectly executed race plan to win the national title in the 1,500 meters at the USA Championships. Became the Duck first undergrad to win a USA title since Steve Prefontaine in 1971 (three miles). In the semifinals, controlled his heat to win in a then-season best 3:40.00. Then displayed extereme patience in a slow final to find his opening late and win in 3:47.63. Needing to meet the IAAF World 'B' standard of 3:38.00 to gain eligibility for the World Championships, traveled to Europe for the Diamond League meet in Paris in July and set the school record by nearly two seconds in a fast 1,500 meters in 3:34.69. Was 11th in a race where 12 runners eclipsed the IAAF 'A' standard of 3:35.00. Followed that with another school record at the Diamond League meet in Monaco, finishing 10th in 3:34.46. Also set a PR in Europe in the 800 meters, running 1:47.77 in a meet in Padova, Italy. Put a bow on the 2011 season with an amazing bronze medal finish at the IAAF World Championships in August in Daegu, South Korea. Became the youngest American ever to medal in the 1,500 meters by running 3:36.08. During the college season, controlled both 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships to claim his first national title. Won his semifinal heat in 3:48.67, and then set an honest pace in the final, before settling to second until the final lap. He won with a final, powerful kick around the last turn to cross the tape first in 3:42.54. Began run to the NCAA title at the NCAA West Preliminary meet, where he won his opening round heat in 3:47.70 and then took the quarterfinal in 3:42.23. Became just the fourth man to win three straight Pac-10 titles at 1,500 meters. Ran a brilliant veteran race to out-kick Arizona freshman Lawi Lalang to win in a season-best 3:41.73. Helped Ducks establish an outdoor school record in the distance medley relay (9:28.01) at the Oregon Twilight by running a 2:51.17 lead leg (1,200 meters). Lowered seasonal 1,500 meter time to 3:42.49 in winning a highly competitve race at the Oregon Relays. Keyed Oregon's comeback tie with UCLA by winning the 1,500 meters in 3:45.86 and taking second in the 800 meters in a personal-best 1:50.91. Opened season with an easy win at 5,000 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Pulled away from the field to win in 13:56.65 and help the Ducks win the team title. Indoors - Ran the second-fastest 3,000 meters in the nation - and the second-fastest in school history - at the Husky Classic. Was the top collegian and third overall in that race at 7:50.59. At the MPSF Championships, ran the anchor leg on the winning distance medley relay that clocked the second-fastest time in NCAA history: 9:26.78. That was also a school and MPSF meet record. Had strong finish to the season at the NCAA Championships, finishing fourth in the 3,000 meters in 8:04.88. Also ran on the distance medley relay team that finished 10th in spite of his having to stop after losing a shoe at the final exchange. Opened season with a good showing in the mile at the UW Invitational (4:04.01). Also took the anchor leg on the winning distance medley relay team (9:35.98). Cross Country - All-American. Claimed first cross country individual title at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, helping Oregon win with his finish in 23:38.11 (8,000 meters). Became the first Oregon man to win the Dellinger individual crown. Followed that with a seventh-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships in 23:17.42 (8,000 meters) to help the Ducks finish second. Had a personal-best sixth place finish at the NCAA West Regional in 30:14.35 (10,000 meters) to help Oregon win the meet. Followed that with a career-best 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships in 30:01.1 (10,000 meters) to help the Ducks finish sixth and earn his first career All-America award. Earlier in season debut, helped lead Oregon to the team title at the Notre Dame Invitational with his third-place finish in 23:46 (8,000 meters). Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:50.91 (PR), UCLA Dual, Los Angeles, Calif. (4/17/11); 1,500 Meters - 3:34.46 (PR), Diamond League Herculis, Monaco (7/22/11); 5,000 Meters - 13:56.65, Pepsi Team Invitational, Eugene, Ore. (4/9/11). Indoors - Mile - 4:04.01, UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/29/11); 3,000 Meters - 7:50.59 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/12/11).

2009-10: Pac-10 champion at 1,500 meters and the NCAA third-place finisher in the event. Outdoors - Ranked ninth nationally at 1,500 meters and 19th at 5,000 meters. Part of Oregon's historic 1-2-3 sweep of the 1,500 meters at the NCAA championships, finishing third in 3:48.08 behind teammates Andrew Wheating (3:47.94) and A.J. Acosta (3:48.01). Was third in his semifinal heat in 3:41.27 to make the final. Two weeks earlier at the NCAA West Regional, ran a controlled 3:50.27 for a runner-up finish in the opening round and then took his quarterfinal heat in 3:46.09 to advance to Eugene. Defended his Pac-10 1,500 meter title, running a season-best 3:41.16, to become the first Duck to win back-to-back titles at that distance since Rudy Chapa in 1978-79 as Oregon captured its fourth straight league crown. Helped Oregon win its first two "Wagon Wheels" at the Penn Relays as he ran the lead leg on the distance medley relay (9:30.69) and the anchor on the mile relay (16:15.14). Won the mile at the Oregon Twilight in an outdoor personal best 3:59.33. Won the 1,500 meters in 3:46.29 to help the Ducks win the Pepsi Team Invitational. Set a personal best in the 5,000 at the Stanford Invitational, running 13:47.73 to finish fifth. Opened season with a win in the 1,500 meters at the Oregon Preview in 3:48.97. Following the collegiate season, impressed at the USA Track & Field Championships, where he ran a 3:40.14 semifinal to advance. In the final, had a big push at the finish to take fifth in 3:51.81 as the top collegian in the field. Indoors - Redshirt season. Cross Country - All-American had a terrific start to the season as Oregon’s top runner (fourth overall) at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in 23:39.87. Took 27th at the Pre-National Invitational (24:22.8, 8,000 meters) as Oregon’s No. 4 runner to help the Ducks capture the team victory. Established career best at the Pac-10 Championships with a fifth-place finish (23:09.35) as Oregon’s No. 2 runner. Also raced in his first career NCAA West Regional. Sparked Oregon’s second-place finish at the NCAA Championships by placing 27th individually — one of four Ducks in the top 31 — to earn his first career cross country All-America award. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:47.77 (PR), XXV Meeting Internazionale, Padova, Italy (7/17/10); 1,500 Meters - 3:41.16, Pac-10 Championships, Berkeley, Calif. (5/16/10); Mile - 3:59.33 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore. (5/8/10); 5,000 Meters - 13:47.73 (PR), Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/26/10).

2008-09: Vital component of two NCAA Championship teams - Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field - as well as leading the nation outdoors in the 1,500 meters (3:36.92) and earning Pac-10 Track & Field Newcomer of the Year honors. Season got off to a strong start in the mile indoors where he briefly set the school record at the Husky Classic, running 3:57.92, before Galen Rupp clipped that mark by .06 late in the season. Finished indoor campaign with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 4:02.69 to help Oregon win its first-ever NCAA Indoor title. Also qualified for the indoor championships at 3,000 meters, where he placed 12th (8:10.73). Won the MPSF title at that distance in 7:55.90, the fifth-best time indoors at Oregon. Outdoors, helped the Ducks defeat UCLA with a second-place finish at 1,500 meters (3:47.77) before his eye-popping turn of 3:36.92 at the Cardinal Invitational. That time ranked third all-time at Oregon and was less than half a second off the school record of 3:36.48 set by Olympic gold medalist Joaquim Cruz in 1984. It was the seventh-fastest time in NCAA history, and garnered Pac-10 athlete of the week honors. Ran lead leg of Oregon’s thrilling collegiate record in the 4x1 mile relay (16:03.24) at the Oregon Twilight. At the Pac-10 Championships, led a 1-2-3 Oregon sweep in the 1,500 meters (3:51.00) as the Ducks won their third straight Pac-10 title. Went on to win the NCAA West Regional in 3:38.30. Suffered a setback due to a stress fracture prior to his first NCAA Outdoor Championships, but still fought gamely to a ninth-place finish in his provisional heat. Also set a PR at 5,000 meters, running 13:49.15 at the Oregon Relays. In the fall, helped Oregon win its second straight NCAA Cross Country Championship as the Ducks’ No. 4 runner at the national meet. Finished 45th overall in his championships debut in 30:21.3. Varsity opener came at the Pac-10 Championships where he helped Oregon to its third straight title with his 11th place showing (fifth on the team) in 23:47.95. Also successful running unattached at the Mike Hodges Invitational, where he tied Andrew Wheating for first, and at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, where he was ninth. Named the team’s George Scharpf Outstanding Athlete Award winner. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 3:36.92, Cardinal Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (5/2/09); 5,000 Meters - 13:49.15, Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/24/09). Indoors - Mile - 3:57.92 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/09); 3,000 Meters - 7:55.90, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/28/09).

2007-08: After redshirting the outdoor NCAA season, won the 5,000 meters at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in June, running 14:44.67. Advanced to the World Junior Championships, where he finished 11th in a season-best 13:58.31. Indoors, placed fourth in the mile at the Husky Classic (4:00.26) and sixth in that event at the UW Indoor Invite (4:03.08). Was a member of the distance medley relay team that placed ninth at the NCAA Championships (9:36.80). Competed in two cross country races for Oregon. Claimed a top-30 finish at the Pac-10 Championships as a true freshman (27th, 23:46). Opened his collegiate career in late September at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Season Bests: Outdoors - 5,000 Meters - 13:58.31, World Junior Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland (7/13/08). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:51.57 (PR), Husky Last Chance Qualifier, Seattle, Wash. (3/8/08); Mile - 4:00.26, Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/24/08); 3,000 Meters - 8:13.19, USATF Indoor Championships, Boston, Mass. (2/23/08).

Prep: Finished eighth in the 2006 Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships as a senior. Earlier in the fall season, he placed fifth in the Foot Locker Northeast Regional and won his third Maryland 4A state cross country title. On the track, won the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships 1,500 meter title (3:56.63) over Duck teammate A.J. Acosta by .01 seconds, two weeks after they reversed their places and were .01 seconds apart in the USA Junior Championships (3:49.53/3:49.54). In mid-June, Centrowitz won the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals 2-Mile (8:41.55) in the third-fastest time in prep history. Two weeks before, he ran a mile best (4:03.40) in the Reebok Grand Prix. As a junior in the spring of 2006, he won the Penn Relays 3,000 meters in 8:20.09, a time that ranked him second on the national season best list. At the state level, he won the 1,600 meter title as a senior (state meet record 4:04.09) and 3,200 meter title as a junior (9:13.68), and also placed top five as a sophomore (second) and freshman (fourth).

Personal: Sociology major. His father Matt Centrowitz was a two-time Olympian and All-America distance runner for Oregon.

Personal Bests
800 Meters - 1:47.77,
XXV Meeting Internazionale,
Padova, Italy, 7/17/11
1,500 Meters - 3:34.46,
Diamond League Herculis,
Monaco, 7/22/11
5,000 Meters - 13:47.73,
Stanford Invitational,
Stanford, Calif., 3/26/10
Mile - 3:57.92 (i),
Husky Classic,
Seattle, Wash., 2/14/09
3,000 Meters - 7:50.59 (i),
Husky Classic,
Seattle, Wash., 2/12/11

NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
2011 - 1,500 Meters, 1st, 3:42.54
2010 - 1,500 Meters, 3rd, 3:48.08
2009 - 1,500 Meters, p-9th, 3:43.19

NCAA Indoor Track Championships
2011 - 3,000 Meters, 4th, 8:08.88
2011 - Distance Medlay Relay, 10th, 9:48.00
2009 - Mile, 6th, 4:02.69
2009 - 3,000 Meters, 12th, 8:10.73
2008 - DMR, 9th, 9:36.80

NCAA Cross Country Championships
2010 - 10th, 30:01.1
2009 - 27th, 30:09.5
2008 - 45th, 29:27.8

NCAA Cross Country West Regional
2010 - 6th, 30:14.35
2009 - 73rd, 32:29.80

Pac-10 Track Championships
2011 - 1,500 Meters, 1st, 3:41.73
2011 - 5,000 Meters, 12th, 14:31.59
2010 - 1,500 Meters, 1st, 3:41.16
2010 - 5,000 Meters
2009 - 1,500 Meters, 1st, 3:51.00
2009 - 5,000 Meters

Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
2010 - 7th, 23:17.42
2009 - 5th, 23:09.35
2008 - 11th, 23:47.95
2007 - 27th, 23:46

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