Ran fourth for the Illini at the Pre-Nationals meet with a 8K personal best of 25:26 ... Ran Big Ten Championships in 26:08 ... Placed 44th at the NCAA Regional meet with a time of 32:32.
Placed fourth at season-opening Redbird Challenge with a time of 19:57 ... Ran Big Ten Championships in 25:49 ... Finished 50th at NCAA Regional meet with time of 31:57.
Earned All-Conference honors four years in cross country and three seasons in track ... Was a member of four cross country conference championship teams and two track conference championship teams ... Won four varsity letters in track and four in cross country ... Ran for coaches Mike Johnson and Jay Rogers.
Full name is Matthew Alan Flaherty ... Goes by Matt ... Nickname is Frodo ... Majoring in civil engineering ... Parents are Kurt and JoAnn Flaherty ... Has one sister, Melanie ... Enjoys playing piano ... Biggest sports thrill was winning the 1600m at the conference track meet as a junior, which helped his team win its first-ever conference championship ... This past summer he worked for Hanson Professional Services, Inc. ... His mom most influenced his sports career by forcing him to join cross country in sixth grade ... Academic honors include being named a Big Ten Conference Scholar (2005-06), recieving the U of I Alumni Association George Huff Award (2005), and making the Dean's list.