2011-2012 (Sophomore): Pierce had a successful cross country season, highlighted with 54th place finish at the New England Championship and a 55th place finish at Mayer's Cup. In indoor, Pierce ran a season-best time of 8:33.88 for 3000m at the Yale-Columbia meet.
Before Dartmouth: A four-year letterwinner in track and field, Pierce earned three letters in cross country ... for three consecutive years, he was honored on the first team Northern Atlantic Conference for both cross-country and track ... after a stellar senior season, Pierce received the Tim Opdyke Award.
Personal: Matthew Pierce is the son of Paul and Susan Pierce and his brother, Jon competed at Stanford on the cross-country and track and field teams from 2002-2007 ... at Dartmouth, Matt is planning to study geography and pursue a career in education.
|800m||1:57.54 (Yale - 4/19/14)|
|1500m||4:03.53 (UNH - 4/12/14)|
|3000m||8:42.45 (USATFNE - 2/17/13)|
|5000m||15:36.08 (Terrier - 1/26/13)|
|1500m||4:00.03 (Home Meet - 3/30/13)|
|800m||2:00.65 (Brown - 4/13/13)|
|Mile||4:23.13 (Brown - 4/13/13)|
|2010-11 Top Performances
|2010-11 Top Performances
|Mile||4:20.08||Valentine's - 2-12-11|
|1500m||3:59.73||UNH - 4-9-11|
|1600: 4:20||High School|
|1500: 3:58||High School|
|800: 1:59.22||High School|
|3200: 9:39||High School|
Q & A with Matt
I chose Dartmouth because it had the unique balance that I was looking for. It had world-class undergraduate studies as well as excellent Division I Athletics. Furthermore, the culture and physical landscape of the school made me want to commit to Dartmouth. It is a beautiful place and it fits into the wilderness seamlessly, which for me is ideal.
How long have you been running cross country and what got you interested in cross crountry?
I have been involved in Cross Country for 4 years now. I was interested back when I watched my brother run in High School when I saw him perform and race well to national levels. Ever since then, I have realized that running is a natural thing for me and I love it.
Have you won any academic or cross country awards recently?
Last year, I won the Justin Casserly MVP Award for Section Ten XC in New York State.
Tell me something interesting about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates.
Surprisingly, my teammates might not know that I hope to have two major possessions someday. One of them being a PhD and the other being an orchard/bakery that specializes in Blackberry Scones.
What are your future plans, if any?
Besides the above ideas, my future plans are to keep running and improving so that someday I can pursue a short career of professional running and go to graduate school.