Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS) freshman

Last Saturday, Jesuit freshman Matt Strangio finished in 5th place at the Jesuit/Davis Jamboree running 15:28 on the 3.08 mile course. The video of the race is posted below. At the Lagoon Valley Classic, Strangio won the freshman race (seen on the left thanks to Thomas Benjamin) with a time of 11:12 on the 2 mile course. 

His dad Steve (below on the left) ran at Mission San Jose in the late 70s and was the NorCal Runner of the Year in 1978. He ran 14:57.5 on the Crystal Springs course in 1978 at the NorCal meet. Mission SJ was the dominant XC program in NCS taking the Meet of Champions team title three years in a row from 1977 through 1979. In 2001, Strangio was inducted in the Mission SJ Hall of Fame. In the photo to the left, Steve is running alongside Tom Downs of Skyline at the Antioch Invitational in 1978. Tom's son Nick (9:13.87 3200PR) just graduated from Bishop O'Dowd in 2016.


Anonymous said...

Pretty special to have a freshman jump in and make an impact on such a historically strong program. With Isabella Fauria of St. Francis running at DeLaSalle, Saturday presents an excellent opportunity to see two of the fastest freshmen in NorCal take their first shot at the Newhall Park course.

Anonymous said...

Can someone verify the Willow Glen freshman's 10:14.0 2-mile time at the Sierra Invitational. It seems fast for a XC race, although I have no information on the difficultly of the course. If this is correct, how does that equate to a Crystal or Toro time and does it move WG up a few spaces in the team rankings?

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