Matt Molinaro

Birthday:  January 8, 1996

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

College: Ohio Northern University

Personal Bests: 800m- 1:47.73

Notable Accomplishments:

NCAA DIII 800m National Champion

Favorite Shoe: HOKA ONE ONE® Clifton 5

Why NJNYTC? My senior year of college when I was dealing with injury and not running as well as I wanted, Coach Gags still saw potential in me and made me feel like he wanted me as a part of this team.  When I visited, I instantly knew this was for me. Coach Gags and the rest of the NJNY team are some of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. Not to mention another obvious reason, that Coach Gags is a legend and this team has some of the most talented runners in the nation.

Greatest Strength: Willing to do whatever it takes to get better.

Greatest Weakness: Sometimes I doubt my abilities, and my mental strength isn’t always the best.  

Favorite Gags Quote: "Go get blood work!! And make sure you’re cross training!!”

Role Model: I have so many people I look up to, in my family especially.  But I’ve really always looked up to my grandpa, Dennis Murray, because he was the one who really got me into sports.

Hobbies: Playing other sports for fun (even though I’m usually not allowed to), video games, and watching TV/movies.

Running Idiosyncrasy: None that I can think of

One Run With Anyone: David Rudisha, the World Record Holder in the 800m