Matt Strangio of Jesuit (SJ) won distance event titles at the CIF-State Track and Field Championships in both 2018 and 2019. As a sophomore in 2018, he won the 3200m title. As a junior last spring, he knocked off the defending champion to win the 1600m title.
Below are videos from each of those races.
Yes, in 1986, brothers Mark and Eric Mastalir each brought home distance titles. Mark in the 1600m and Eric in the 3200m
The 2-mile/3200m was added to the State Meet order of events in 1965. (The state switched to meters in 1980.) Since then, seven boys have captured the 1600m-3200m double at the same State Meet, including Roman Gomez (Belmont/LA), who is the only one to sweep the distances in consecutive years when he did so in 1984-85.
Blake Haney (Stockdale/CS) swept the distances in 2013 and came back in 2014 to repeat in the 1600m.
The others sweeping the distances at a single meet were Rich Kimball (De La Salle/NC) in 1974, Reggie Williams (River City/SJ) in 1988, Mebrahton Keflezighi (San Diego/SD) in 1994, German Fernandez (Riverbank/SJ) in 2008 and Darren Fahy (La Costa Canyon/SD) in 2012.
Two others who, like Strangio, won each of the distance events but did so in consecutive years:
- Ryan Hall (Big Bear/SS) won the 3200m in 2000 and the 1600m in 2001.
- Elias Gedyon (Loyola/SS) won the 1600m in 2010 and the 3200m in 2011.
- Strangio is one of four sophomores who finished the 3200m race in 2018. The others -- guys who are seniors now -- James Corrigan, Isaiah Galindo and Nico Young.
- A year later, Young took the title. Strangio was third.
- In winning the 1600m title last year, Strangio knocked off 2018 champion Liam Anderson (Redwood/NC). Anderson placed third in the 1600m and second between Young and Strangio in the 3200m.
- Colin Peattie (Bellarmine/CC), who placed second between Strangio and Anderson, was the only sophomore in the 1600m final in 2019. He's the only returner for 2021. Peattie also placed eighth in the 3200m race with Bellarmine classmate Nolan Topper the only other sophomore in that field.
- The only two sophomores in the 1600m finals field in 2018 were Anthony Grover (JSerra/SS), and Christopher Middleton-Pearson (Dublin/NC). Both finished out of the medals as sophomores but made the most of that experience, placing fourth and fifth, respectively, behind Strangio as juniors.
- Watch in the 2018 final for 3200m where Strangio is challenged down the stretch by Justin Hazell (El Camino Real/LA). Those two will be teammates in the fall at the University of Portland.
Take a look at Strangio's two championship runs:
2018 CIF-STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - BOYS 3200m FINAL
|VARSITY BOYS 3200 METER RUN FINALS|
|1||Matt Strangio||10||Jesuit (SJ)||8:56.18||1|
|2||Justin Hazell||12||El Camino Real Senior High (LA)||8:57.90||1|
|3||Xavier Court||12||Mira Costa High School (SS)||8:59.56||1|
|4||Ethan Danforth||11||Canyon Canyon Country (SS)||9:00.30||1|
|5||Liam Anderson||11||Redwood High School (NC)||9:00.60||1|
|6||Connor Livingston||11||De La Salle||9:03.75||1|
|7||Marcus Mota||11||Stockdale High School (CS)||9:04.42||1|
|8||Joaquin Martinez De Pinillos||12||Cathedral Catholic (SD)||9:05.34||1|
|9||Isaiah Galindo||10||Clovis North (CS)||9:05.80||1|
|10||Kevin Ramos||11||Rubidoux High (SS)||9:06.95||1|
|11||Xian Shively||12||Polytechnic Pasadena (SS)||9:07.11||1|
|12||Robert Miranda||12||Menlo School (CC)||9:07.57||1|
|13||Carlos Carvajal||12||Great Oak High School (SS)||9:08.06||1|
|14||Jagdeep Chahal||12||Burroughs Burbank (SS)||9:09.05||1|
|15||Nico Young||10||Newbury Park High School (SS)||9:09.56||1|
|16||Owen MacKenzie||11||Los Altos High School (CC)||9:11.84||1|
|17||Trevor Woodward||12||Centennial Corona (SS)||9:12.64||1|
|18||John Bennett||12||Granada High (NC)||9:14.31||1|
|19||Jorge Estrella||12||Andrew P. Hill High School (CC)||9:15.02||1|
|20||Stefen Rasmuson||12||Mira Mesa Senior High (SD)||9:15.37||1|
|21||Collin Ullrich||12||Liberty Ranch (SJ)||9:16.20||1|
|22||Artin Allahverdian||12||Crescenta Valley (SS)||9:17.48||1|
|23||Isaiah Labra||12||Bonita Vista Senior High (SD)||9:22.46||1|
|24||Ivan Mendez||11||Monache High (CS)||9:24.42||1|
|25||Charlie Giannini||11||Chico High School (NS)||9:24.50||1|
|26||Karl Winter||12||St. Mary's Stockton (SJ)||9:26.77||1|
|27||James Corrigan||10||Eagle Rock Junior-Senior High (LA)||9:34.59||1|
|28||Charles Balkcom||12||Cleveland (Grover) High (LA)||9:45.58||1|
|29||Noah Battaglia||11||Lowell High (SF)||9:48.90||1|
2019 CIF-STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - BOYS 1600m FINAL
|BOYS 1600 METER RUN FINALS|
|1||Matt Strangio||11||Jesuit (SJ)||4:08.07||1|
|2||Colin Peattie||10||Bellarmine College Prep (CC)||4:09.99||1|
|3||Liam Anderson||12||Redwood High School (NC)||4:10.26||1|
|4||Anthony Grover||11||JSerra Catholic (SS)||4:10.60||1|
|5||Christopher Middleton-pearson||11||Dublin High School (NC)||4:10.96||1|
|6||Peter Herold||12||JSerra Catholic (SS)||4:11.85||1|
|7||Sebastian Fisher||12||Laguna Beach High (SS)||4:13.06||1|
|8||Dylan Wilbur||11||Crescenta Valley (SS)||4:14.56||1|
|9||Jake Parker||11||West Torrance (SS)||4:14.78||1|
|10||Noah Hibbard||12||Arroyo High School (SS)||4:17.26||1|
|11||Lucas Badcock||12||Dougherty Valley High (NC)||4:18.88||1|
|12||Eric Eng||12||St. Francis Mountain View (CC)||4:23.23||1|