Student Athlete: Matt Rozic

The Austintown Fitch senior holds 5 school records in track and cross country and carries a 3.9 GPA.

Austintown, OH (WYTV) – Matt Rozic is a hard guy to catch. He goes down as one of the most decorated runners in Falcon history…holding 5 school records in track and cross country. When Matt’s not running, he’s probably studying. He recently graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, making him an easy choice for our final Student Athlete of the school year.

“I like running because I like pushing myself and reaching my full potential,” said Rozic. “That’s my thing about everything, I want to reach my full potential. I have a love-hate relationship with it, like going out on a run and getting on your feet every day. Sometimes it’s a real grind but it really pays off and I love it.”

Matt is a natural long distance runner. He logs an average of 60 miles a week, and has qualified for Regionals four different times. Last week, Matt was a part of a school-record breaking performance in the 4×800 meters, finishing just under 8 minutes at Regionals.

“That was a goal of ours going into the season and our whole team, not just our relay, we have a strong bond with each other and it’s really such a great thing.”

Matt was also recently named Mahoning County Cross Country Runner of the Year. Plus, his grades are just as good…he carries a 3.9 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society.

“Running has helped me in school…it taught me the value of hard work,” he said. “If you just keep doing it every day, you study every day, if you really find that balance, I love it.”

Matt is always on the go, and he plans to stay that way. He’s running on scholarship at Duquesne next year, and will study Pharmacy.

“Being a Falcon has prepared me in all aspects. Division 1 athletics it’s helped out so much. It taught me how much you need to work to reach my full potential and it has helped me reach my full potential and academically as well.”

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