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    Matt Rush     
     
      Matt Rush
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Paris, Ind.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 175

Event:
110 Hur./ HJ


2001-Outdoor- Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll...Saved his best time for the SEC Outdoors (May 12) at South Carolina, a 14.18 to stand 13th in the 110M hurdles trials...Finished second to Dawane Wallace with a 14.34 clocking in the 110M hurdles at the Knoxville Invitational...Cleared the 110M hurdles in 14.37 at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville...Clocked a fourth-place, 14.27w in the 110M hurdles at the Gatorade Track Classic in Knoxville...Ran a 14.62 in the prelims of the 110M hurdles at the Penn Relays...A key shuttle hurdle relay contributor, Rush ran the third leg of the first-place shuttle hurdle relay team at the Penn Relays to set a meet record with a 54.73 clocking...Anchored the silver shuttle hurdle relay effort (54.99) at the Sea Ray Relays.

Indoor- Had the fastest Vol time of the season in the 55M hurdles (7.37) and second-fastest in the 60M hurdles (7.96)...Led the Vols with a fifth-place, personal-best 7.96 offering in the 60M hurdles prelims at the SEC Indoors (Feb. 24) before injuring himself coming out of the blocks to DNF in the finals...Cleared 6-8 in the high jump to earn 10th at the SEC Indoors...Clocked in a provisional 7.37 PR to win the 55M hurdles at the Tennessee Indoor Invitational (Feb. 16)...Took third in 7.99 in the 60M hurdles at the Pepsi Valentine's Invitational at Virginia Tech...Scored points for the Vols with a third-place, 8.10 effort in the 60M hurdles at the SEC Quad...Cleared the 60M hurdle straightaway in 8.05 to nab fourth at the New Year's Invitational at Virginia Tech...Had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 55M hurdles (7.39) before taking second in the finals (7.47) at the Tennessee All-Comers Meet.

2000-Outdoor- Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll...Rush established himself as Tennessee's premier 110M hurdler with a career day on May 18 at the Gatorade Twilight Meet in Knoxville...At Gatorade, Rush ran a preliminary 13.68 (slightly wind aided) to best his previous PR of 13.94w...To remove all doubt, Rush scooted to a career-best finish of 13.58, easily wind legal, in the finals to earn third and stake claim to an automatic qualifying time...The torrid 13.58 moved Rush into a tie for third with Richmond Flowers on the school all-time best list in the event behind Willie Gault and Dawane Wallace...Competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 110M hurdles, but was disqualified during the preliminary heat... At the NCAAs, Rush appeared a lock to move on from the 110M hurdles preliminaries before catching the last hurdle and clocking a 14.05 to place 18th and miss the semifinals...Previous season best of 13.94w came in the 110M hurdles preliminaries at the National Invitational Team Championships (April 21) in Austin, Texas...Finished seventh in the finals of the 110M hurdles in Austin by clocking a 13.97w...Was one spot short of qualifying for the 110M hurdles finals at the SEC Championships (May 13) with his 14.15... Finished second in the 110M hurdles at the Knoxville Invitational (April 30) in 14.07...Missed qualifying at the Penn Relays (April 28) by running a 14.33...Ran a 13.98 to place seventh at the Sea Ray Relays (April 14) in the 110M hurdles...Contributed valuable points to the Vol effort at the SEC Quad (April 1) with his second-place, 14.17w finish...Earned fourth at the Florida Relays (March 24) in the 110M hurdles with 14.11 finish...Grabbed second in the 110M hurdles at the Hurricane Invitational (March 18) with his 14.24 finish...Ran anchor on Tennessee's two-fastest shuttle hurdles relay efforts of the season, a 56.28 at the Florida Relays to take second and a 56.32 at the Penn Relays to earn third.

Indoor- Posted his season-best 60M hurdles time of 7.96 at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational-preliminaries (Jan. 29 to finish second in the finals with an 8.06) and the Kroger Invitational (Feb. 12 to finish second)...Had one of best meets to open season at the Virginia Tech Invitational (Jan. 15) by finishing first in the high jump (6-9--a season-best), second in the 60M hurdles (8.05) and third in the 60M dash (7.02)...Second by finishing the 60M hurdles in 8.05 at the SEC Quad (Jan. 22)...Crossed the line in 8.10 to place eighth (8.06-preliminaries) in the 60M hurdles at the SEC Indoors.

1999- Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll...Opened the indoor season by taking second in the high jump (6-8) and eighth in the 60M hurdles (8.26) at the Virginia Tech Invitational...Performed indoor double duty again at the Tennessee/Indiana/Ohio State three-way meet in finishing third in the 60M hurdles (8.15, a season-best) and fifth in the high jump (6-9, an indoor career-best mark)...Earned fifth in the 60M hurdles with a time of 8.41 at the Cannon IV Classic... Outdoors, Rush leaped 6-11 1/2 in the high jump to earn fourth at the Knoxville Invitational...Outdoors, at the Tennessee/Georgia/ Kentucky three-way meet, Rush finished third in the 110M hurdles in 15.07 and tied for the Vols' best high jump height in finishing fourth with 6-6...Ran a 14.87 in the 110M hurdles at the Alabama Relays and set a career high jump mark of 6-11 3/4 in earning sixth place... Ran a wind-aided 14.58 in the 110M hurdles at the Sea Rays... Leaped 6-9 1/2 to win Gatorade Classic high jump and also finished the 110M hurdles in 14.56...Ran his career-best time (14.46) in the 110M hurdles at the Smoky Mountain Twilight Meet and high jumped 6-8 1/4 to earn fourth.

1998- Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL- During his senior campaign, participated on a team that tallied eight wins and no losses...Team won the conference championship his senior season...Elected MVP in 1996 and 1997... Given the Outstanding Field Events Award...Holds the high jump and 110M high hurdles school records...Sectional and Regional champion in the high jump and high hurdles...Conference champion in the high jump, 110M high hurdles and 300M low hurdles.

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