Matt O'Connor
Matt O'Connor
Year: Senior
Hometown: Elgin, Ill.
High School: Burlington Central HS
Events: Distance


Personal Bests

800 Meters: 1:51.00 (2/10/17) - SCHOOL RECORD
Mile: 4:13.45 (2/8/19)
4x400 Relay: 3:20.81 (2/9/18)
Distance Medley Relay: 10:10.13 - SCHOOL RECORD

400 Meters: 51.33 (4/8/17)
800 Meters: 1:50.54 (3/28/19) - SCHOOL RECORD
1,500 Meters: 3:52.62 (3/22/19)
4x400 Relay: 3:20.86 (4/19/19)

Career: Placed second in the 800m at both the 2019 OVC Indoor Championships and 2017 Outdoor OVC Championships... Had a third place finish in the 800m at the 2017 Indoor OVC Championships... Holds the SIUE school records in the indoor 800m and the DMR... Also holds the school record in the outdoor 800m... Fifth all-time for the Cougars in the indoor mile

2019 Outdoor: Broke his own school record in the 800m (1:50.54) at the Floriday Relays 3/28... Placed fourth in the 800m at the OVC Championships... Had four top-2 finishes in the 800m during the season... Was a member of the SIUE 4x400m relay team to finish fifth at the OVC Championships... Recorded a PR in the 1500m at the Bill Cornell Classic 3/22

2019 Indoor: Placed second in the 800m (1:54.18) at the OVC Championships... Set a PR in the mile (4:13.45) at the Marshall Invitational, his time is the fifth fastest in SIUE history

2018 Outdoor: Did Not Participate

2018 Indoor: Won OVC Runner of the Week for his performances at the Marshall Invite where he placed first in the 4x400m relay, DMR and second in the 800m... Set the DMR school record (10:10.13).

2017 Outdoor: Runner-up at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in the 800 in 1:55.17 ... Ran the fourth fastest time in 800 prelims at the OVC Championships in 1:52.97 ... Also set PR in the 400 with a time of 51.33 at the Gateway Classic.

2017 Indoor: Broke school record for 800m at the Indiana Relays with a time of 1:52.21… Turned in second record of the season by breaking own record for 800m at the GVSU Big Meet with a personal best of 1:51.00… Second fastest in the OVC in 800m heading into OVC Championships… Placed 3rd in the 800m at OVC Indoor Track and Field Championships with time of 1:53.37

2016 Outdoor: Set a new school record in the 800 at the Illinois Twilight of 1:51.78 only to break it again at the OVC Championships with a time of 1:51.19... finished in fourth place in the 800 at the OVC Championships... Finished in first in the 800 at both the Joey Haines Invitational and the Arkansas Spring Invitational... Competed in the 400 for the first time and finished in a time of 51.59.

2016 Indoor: Set new personal bests in the 800 and the mile... finished in the top five in six meets in the 800... recorded a third-place finish at the OVC Championships in the mile with a new personal best of 1:52.76... finished in first place at the SIUE-SEMO Dual.

2015 Outdoor: Led the team in the 800 meters at 1:52.88 to finsihed ninth at the OVC Championship... won the Red Wolves Open and the SIUE Gateway Invite in the 800... finished 16th in the 1500 at the OVC Championship.

2015 Indoor:  Competed in two meets as a true freshman... finished sixth in the 800 meters at the Tiger Invitational 2/6.




Personal Bests
Top 8K Time: 26:39.75 (9/1/17) 
Top 10K Time: 33:39.06 (11/10/17)

2018: Participated in the Bradley Pink Classic, finishing the 8K with a time of 28.23.1.

2017: Set a personal record in the 8K at the EIU Walt Crawford Open (26:39.75)... Had a season best finish of 13th at the Bradley Invitational. 

2016: Ran personal best 8K with a 10th-place finish at the SIUE John Flamer Invitational ... Placed 51st at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships (27:21.5).

2015: Did not compete

Prep: Earned all-conference and all-state accolades in track and field during his prep days at Burlington Central high school… Competed in track and field and soccer, earning seven letters between the two sports … Is slated to join the SIUE track and field program as a middle distance competitor … Served as team captain of the track and field team for one season during his prep days … Collected seven conference titles combined between soccer and track and field … Twice was tabbed as an all-conference soccer player … Earned honors as an all-sectional and all-area performer in soccer … Member of the state champion 4x800-meter relay team in 2014 … Notched a second place finish in the 800-meter run and his 4x400-meter relay finished third in 2014 State Championships… Part of 2012 Burlington Central High School track and field squad that finished 10th in state, as well as the 2014 team which finished third.