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Matthew Novak

Cross Country/Middle Distance
Position
Freshman
Class
Glen Allen, Va.
Hometown
Deep Run
High School

All-American
2016 Indoor:
DMR (Second Team)

ACC Champion
2016 Indoor:
DMR

All-ACC
2019 Outdoor: 3000m steeplechase (second team)
2018 Outdoor: 3000m steeplechase (second-team)
2016 Indoor: DMR

NCAA East Preliminary Qualifier
2019: 3000m steeplechase
2018: 3000m steeplechase
2016: 1,500m

TFRRS Profile (for PRs and full results)

2020 Outdoor 
• Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
• Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll

2019-20 Indoor
• Competed at the Virginia Tech Invitational, Navy Invitational II and David Hemery Valentine Invitational
• Ran a career-best time of 1:53.26 in the 800m at the Navy Invitational II
• Placed first with the DMR team at the Virginia Tech Invitational
• Placed second in the 800m and third in the 4x400m at the Navy Invitational II

2019 Cross Country
• Competed at the NCAA Championships
• Finished 22nd in the Men’s B 8k race at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational
• Finished 18th at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, recording a season-best 8k time of 24:31.6
• Placed 16th at the Cavalier Classic

2019 Outdoor 
• Finished 18th in the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds
• Earned second-team All-ACC honors in the 3000m steeplechase with a fifth-place finish
• Finished 21st in the 1500m and 31st in the 5000m at the ACC Championships
• Placed second at the Virginia Grand Prix in the 1500m
• Ran a career-best time of 8:56.48 in the 3000m steeplechase at the Virginia Challenge
• Captured a career-best time of 14:10.48 in the 5000m at the Raleigh Relays
• Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor

2019 Indoor 
• Finished fifth with the DMR at the ACC Championships
• Placed 11th in the mile and 31st in the 3000m at the ACC Championships
• Captured a career-best time of 8:14.23 in the 3000m at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge

2018 Cross Country 
• Placed 67th at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, running a time of 31:44.9
• Finished 73rd at the ACC Championships

2018 Outdoor 
• Competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA East Prelims
• Earned All-ACC second team honors at the ACC Championships in the 3000m steeplechase
• Captured a career-best time in the 3000m steeplechase, running a time of 9:00.15 at the Virginia Challenge
• Finished first in the 2000m steeplechase at the Virginia Quad meet against Maryland, Bucknell and Georgetown

2018 Indoor 
• Did not compete

2017 Cross Country 
• Competed at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, finishing 96th at the meet
• Placed 85th at the ACC Championships

2017 Outdoor 
• Finished first in the 2000m steeplechase at the Virginia Quad
• Competed in the 1500m and the 800m at the Miami Hurricane Collegiate Invitational

2017 Indoor
• Recorded a season best in the mile (4:08.03) at the Boston University Scarlet and White
• Set a season best in the 3000m (8:24.06) at the Notre Dame Invitational

2016 Cross Country
• Finished 29th at the ACC Championships, fifth for UVA
• Placed 32nd at NCAA Southeast Regional Champs, fourth for UVA

2016 Outdoor
• Placed 12th in 5,000m and 14th in 1,500m at ACC Championships
• Competed in 1,500m at NCAA East Preliminaries
• Recorded season-best 1,500m of 3:45.35 at Florida Relays, which ranks second on UVA’s freshman list

2016 Indoor
• Earned second-team All-America honors as part of distance medley relay that finished 10th at NCAA Championships
• ACC Champion in DMR
• Placed 15th in mile at ACC Championships
• Set season best in mile of 4:03.93 at John Thomas Terrier Invitational, which ranks third on UVA’s all-time freshman list

2015 Cross Country
• Did not compete

Background
• Ranked No. 6 in the class of 2015 in the mile by Dyestat
• 2014 Virginia 5A Cross Country Champion
• 2014 Virginia 5A Outdoor 800m and 1600m Champion

Personal
• Son of Kathy and Brad Novak
• Has two older siblings, Megan and Daniel
• Father, Brad, played baseball at Duke from 1983-87
• Brother, Daniel, runs for South Carolina