Salute To Seniors: Matt Masias (Westlake)

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Name: Matt Masias

School: Westlake

What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?

    First time at state. I knew all these guys I was running against had been running for years and it was my first year, and I made it with them. That gun went off. I made it one lap, and it was the fastest split I've ever run. I was coming to the last stretch and just hearing the crowd gave me goosebumps. Finishing the race with a 1:59.49, breaking 2 minutes.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

    I would have to say Logan Anderson from Copper Hills was a big competition in the 800.

For the 400 it would definitely have to say Carter Guiness from Herriman

What was your greatest accomplishment?

    Me hitting a 1:54 in the 800 in this past indoor season. I've worked for this since I made it to state for the first time.

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running career in high school?

    To trust my body, it knows what it can handle. You might think it can't go another gear but it always can go one more gear hiding just find it.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
    Myself, always doubting my abilities to run a certain speed or pace. Not wanting to push just a little harder.

What will you miss the most?

    The Westlake team.

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

    It's ok to not PR every once in a while. Just know one race you will and you have to be proud of that PR. You worked for it.

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

    All my coaches wanted the best from my club coaches to my High School coaches. I  feel like they all know I could hit the goals I had. They pushed me to do it.

What are your college plans?
    I'm planning on running in college at Weber State. As I run there I'm planning on going into criminal justice while I'm in college.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

    My mom and sisters for being at all my races. To all my high school teammates and coaches for cheering me on. To my Gold Medal Athletic team and coaches for helping me find the strength I've needed to finish any race on or off the track. To Micheal Felix for helping me love this sport. Most importantly my dad he was at every race, helped push me in training, always had a spread of people i'm running against, he knows my PRs by heart , and he's always there even if I don't want him to be there.