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Throwback Thursday: Matthew Elliott

October 17, 2013

The star of Green Sea Floyds High School in South Carolina and 4:42 HS Miler loved his teen running days

By Liam Boylan-Pett from Running Times

Who: Matthew Elliott
High School: Green Sea Floyds High School, Green Sea, SC, Class of 2003

HS Personal Records:
800m: 2:05
1600m: 4:42
3200m: 10:50
5000m XC: 16:59

Current PRs:
1500m: 3:36.61 
Mile: 3:57.16
 (track) and 3:54.7 (road)

It’s pretty hard not to cheer for Matthew Elliott. Not only did he take the track world by storm with his surprise fourth place finish in the 1500m at the USA Outdoor Championships in June and give one of the most memorable Flotrack interviews ever, breaking down in tears of joy, but he is also a schoolteacher at the Palmetto School in Rock Hill, SC, at the Children’s Attention Home for special needs children. He teaches first- and second-graders in a one-room classroom by day, and runs by morning and night.

After a high school career during which Elliott ran only 4:42 for the Mile, it was unlikely that he’d keep going, especially after four years of school at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, a school with a cross country team, but no track squad.

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