State Meet Flashback: Watch Matt Strangio's Title Races

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.

As a junior, Strangio became the third boy from Coach Walt Lange's Jesuit program to win the 1600m title, joining Mark Mastalir (1986) and Michael Stemberwho won two in a row (1995-96).

As a sophomore in 2018, Strangio became the fifth Jesuit product to win the 3200m, joining Eric Mastalir (1986), Paul Thomas (1987), David Welsh (1989), and Matt Farley (1993).

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:


1Matt Strangio10Jesuit (SJ)8:56.181
2Justin Hazell12El Camino Real Senior High (LA)8:57.901
3Xavier Court12Mira Costa High School (SS)8:59.561
4Ethan Danforth11Canyon Canyon Country (SS)9:00.301
5Liam Anderson11Redwood High School (NC)9:00.601
6Connor Livingston11De La Salle9:03.751
7Marcus Mota11Stockdale High School (CS)9:04.421
8Joaquin Martinez De Pinillos12Cathedral Catholic (SD)9:05.341
9Isaiah Galindo10Clovis North (CS)9:05.801
10Kevin Ramos11Rubidoux High (SS)9:06.951
11Xian Shively12Polytechnic Pasadena (SS)9:07.111
12Robert Miranda12Menlo School (CC)9:07.571
13Carlos Carvajal12Great Oak High School (SS)9:08.061
14Jagdeep Chahal12Burroughs Burbank (SS)9:09.051
15Nico Young10Newbury Park High School (SS)9:09.561
16Owen MacKenzie11Los Altos High School (CC)9:11.841
17Trevor Woodward12Centennial Corona (SS)9:12.641
18John Bennett12Granada High (NC)9:14.311
19Jorge Estrella12Andrew P. Hill High School (CC)9:15.021
20Stefen Rasmuson12Mira Mesa Senior High (SD)9:15.371
21Collin Ullrich12Liberty Ranch (SJ)9:16.201
22Artin Allahverdian12Crescenta Valley (SS)9:17.481
23Isaiah Labra12Bonita Vista Senior High (SD)9:22.461
24Ivan Mendez11Monache High (CS)9:24.421
25Charlie Giannini11Chico High School (NS)9:24.501
26Karl Winter12St. Mary's Stockton (SJ)9:26.771
27James Corrigan10Eagle Rock Junior-Senior High (LA)9:34.591
28Charles Balkcom12Cleveland (Grover) High (LA)9:45.581
29Noah Battaglia11Lowell High (SF)9:48.901


1Matt Strangio11Jesuit (SJ)4:08.071
2Colin Peattie10Bellarmine College Prep (CC)4:09.991
3Liam Anderson12Redwood High School (NC)4:10.261
4Anthony Grover11JSerra Catholic (SS)4:10.601
5Christopher Middleton-pearson11Dublin High School (NC)4:10.961
6Peter Herold12JSerra Catholic (SS)4:11.851
7Sebastian Fisher12Laguna Beach High (SS)4:13.061
8Dylan Wilbur11Crescenta Valley (SS)4:14.561
9Jake Parker11West Torrance (SS)4:14.781
10Noah Hibbard12Arroyo High School (SS)4:17.261
11Lucas Badcock12Dougherty Valley High (NC)4:18.881
12Eric Eng12St. Francis Mountain View (CC)4:23.231