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Mat Ashton

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Oxford, England

Last College:
St. Mary's University (England)

Height:
6-0

Event:
Distance

Experience:
1L

Honors:
2x 2nd team all-MWC (XC); NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier (10K)

NEW MEXICO:

One of the nation's top collegiate long distance runners and an All-America candidate when healthy...10th in the 10,000 at the 2008 NCAA Championships and was a two-time 2nd team all-MWC cross country runner for the Lobos...transferred to UNM from St. Mary's University College in England in the fall of 2007...

2008: (cross country) Scored twice in 4 races, including a 10th place finish (team's No. 3) at the MWC Championships en route to a spot on the all-MWC 2nd team...32nd overall (team's No. 5) at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships...

2007-08: (outdoor) Capped his spring with a 10th place finish in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championships...clocked a time of 29:22.59 to finish 9 spots above his seed...ranked second in the MWC behind All-American teammate Jeremy Johnson with a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying 10K time of 28:56.39 (May 4 at Stanford)...ran under 29:30 in all 3 10,000 races...ranked 2nd on the team and 5th in the MWC with a top 5,000m time of 14:09.78...competed in the 5K at both the MWC (9th) and NCAA Midwest Region (14th) Championship meets...placed 7th with a time of 3:51.13 (3rd on team) in his lone 1,500 race of the spring at the MWC Championships... (indoor) Raced 3 times in his U.S. track debut, leading the team in the 3,000 and 5,000...recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:00.30 (3rd MWC) in his lone 5K at Washington...season-best of 8:13.44 in the 3K at Notre Dame...was 11th in the event at the MWC Championships, but earned all-MWC honors as the anchor of the Lobos' silver medal distance medley relay team...helped UNM edge Air Force at the line and finish just 1.11 seconds behind BYU in the race... (cross country) Was the top newcomer for the men's team, scoring in all 5 races and running 2nd on the team 4 times...3 top-20 finishes, including a season-best 8th at the MWC Championships to earn a spot on the all-MWC second team...28th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (31:20), just 3 spots shy of all-region recognition...20th at Oregon with a season-best 8K time of 23:57...time ranked 2nd on the team and 5th in the MWC...Academic All-MWC...

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE:

Attended St. Mary's University College in London...British University 10,000m champion in 2006 (30:26.68)...ran a career-best time of 29:44 in the 10K in 2007...helped St. Mary's win its first British University cross country title in 2004 and finish 3rd in `05...has run for the Great Britain national team 3 times...

PERSONAL:

Born in Oxford, England...full name is Matthew John Ashton...son of John and Jeanette Ashton...working on his master's degree in Physical Education.

COLLEGIATE BESTS - OUTDOOR
10,000: 28:56.39 5,000m: 14:09.78 1,500m: 3:51.13

COLLEGIATE BESTS - INDOOR
5,000m: 14:00.30 3,000m: 8:13.44

Friday, April 25
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Brutus Hamilton Invitational
Friday, May 02
All Day - 
Track & Field
vs. Don Kirby Tailwind Open
Sunday, May 04
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Payton Jordan Invitational
Thursday, May 08
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Air Force Twilight Invitational
Wednesday, May 14
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships
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