Matt Cleaver
blank Matt Cleaver
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Wheeler

Height:
5-9

Position:
Distance

Experience:
HS

2013: Outdoor - Ran on the Bulldog 4x400 relay that finished 19th (3:11.19) at NCAA Prelims...Part of eighth-place 4x100 relay team at the SEC Championships after the unit registered a time of 3:09.83...Ran a 48.82 to take 12th in the 400 at the Spec Towns Invite...Was third in the 400 (49.27) at the Georgia Relays.

2013: Indoor - Earned runner-up honors in the 3000-meter run after completing his laps in 8:11.70 at the Razorback Invite...Managed a 12th-place finish in the 3000 after finishing in 8:09.01 at the Husky Classic.

2012: Outdoor - Finished 23rd in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships...Topped his school record for the third time in a row to take seventh and qualify for the national finals with a time of 8:41.86 at the NCAA East Prelims...Won his second consecutive steeplechase title at the SEC Championships after breaking his own school record with a time of 8:42.64...Returned to take sixth in the 5000 (14:28.78) at the SEC meet...Shattered his own school record in the steeplechase with a time of 8:42.84 to take fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays...Finished first at the Florida Relays after completing his laps in 8:49.38, which was the second-fastest time of his career at the time...Won the Georgia Relays after clocking one of the nation's best times in the steeplechase (8:55.74).

2012: Indoor - Shot to No. 4 on the Bulldogs' all-time top-10 list after finishing the 3000-meter run at the Husky Classic with a personal-best time of 8:08.51 for 26th place...Finished fifth in the 3000 (8:15.02) and eighth in the 5000 (14:34.32) at the SEC Championships.

2011: Cross Country - Returned to the course after redshirting in 2010 with a second-place finish (24:45.37) at the Georgia Invitational...Led the Bulldogs for the second meet in a row with a 38th-place finish (24:50) at the Notre Dame Invitational...Finished 67th overall (24:37.8) to be the second Georgia runner across the finish line at the Wisconsin Invitational...Earned All-SEC Second Team honors after taking eighth at the SEC Championships with a time of 24:30.82 to lead the Bulldogs to a third-place finish...Named to All-Region team after leading Georgia with a seventh-place finish (31:15.5) at the NCAA South Regionals...Helped give the Bulldogs' their top finish of any SEC team at the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history after finishing 142nd (31:08.5) to lead his team for the fifth meet in 2011.

2011: Outdoor - Finished 20th in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships...Earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships after finishing ninth with a new school record time of 8:45.01 at the NCAA East Prelims...Captured Georgia's first SEC steeplechase title at the Championships with the second-best time of his career (8:49.12)...Won the steeplechase at the Georgia-Missouri dual meet...Shot to a personal-best finish of 14:04.80 in the 5000 to move to No. 4 on the UGA all-time top-10 list and take fifth at the War Eagle Invite...Shattered his own school record in the steeplechase after registering a time of 8:45.76 to highlight the Florida Relays...Opened his season by winning the steeplechase (8:54.39) at the Georgia Intercollegiate Invitational.

2011: Indoor - Redshirted for the Bulldogs.

2010: Cross Country - Redshirted for the Bulldogs.

2010: Outdoor - Broke the three-year-old school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase after clocking an 8:50.02 to take fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays...set a new personal-best time in the steeplechase (8:55.96) to take second at the Florida Relays...won the 1500 (3:53.68) and finished second in the 3200 to start his season at the Georgia-Georgia Tech dual meet.

2010: Indoor - Had his second straight PR in the 3000-meter run (8:19.59) to take 10th at the SEC Championships...clocked a personal-best 8:20.15 for third place in the 3000 at the Hokie Invitational.

2009 Cross Country: Finished second at the 8K Georgia-Georgia Tech Dual Meet after registering a time of 26:01 to help the Bulldogs knock off the Yellow Jackets...Was fifth at the Georgia Cross Country Invitational after clocking a 26:53.60...Finished just behind Bejan Abtahi (57th) at the Notre Dame Invitational after clocking a 24:52 for 59th place...Scored for the Bulldogs after taking 173rd (26:01.7) at the 8K NCAA Pre-Nationals...Had his top career finish at the 8K SEC Championships by taking 28th (25:59.24) to score for Georgia...Was the third Bulldog across the finish line at the 10K NCAA South Regionals after finishing 29th (31:23.64).

2009 Outdoor: Completed the 3000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:28.19 for ninth place at the SEC Championships...finished third in the 1500 (4:00.23) at the Georgia Invitational...won his second collegiate meet in the steeplechase after finishing with a time of 9:31.86 at the Bulldog Limited...crossed the finish line with a career-best time of 9:31.42 in the steeplechase to take third at the Spec Towns Invitational...finished second in the steeplechase at the Georgia Tech dual meet...exploded onto the outdoor track scene by winning the steeplechase after clocking a 9:42.45 at the Georgia Relays.

2008: Cross Country - Finished 10th in his first meet as a Bulldog after clocking a 19:57 at the 6200-meter Georgia-Georgia Tech dual meet...Took sixth (25:48.72) at the 8K Catamount Classic to score for the Bulldogs...Scored for the Bulldogs at the 8K Tiger Invitational with a 76th-place finish (24:45.01)...Finished his first NCAA Pre-Nationals in 26:22.5...Competed in his first 8K SEC Championships and was Georgia's third finisher (52nd - 25:43.08)...Was the fourth Bulldog across the finish line at the 10K NCAA South Regionals (73rd - 34:01.94).

High School: Clocked a personal-best time of 4:20.73 in the 1600-meter run to finish second at the 2008 GHSA 5-AAAAA state championships after losing one of his shoes just 25 meters into the race...Won the 2008 Region 6-AAAAA 3200 (9:37.77) and was the runner-up in the 1600 (4:23.29)...Set a school record in the 3200 (held by former Bulldog Drew Griffin) with a time of 9:24.93...Won the GHSA 6-AAAAA cross country championships after finishing in a personal-best 15:48.91 in the 5000...Won the Great American Invitation Red Races and finished third at UGA's Bulldog Stampede in the high school division in 2007...Competed for Team Georgia at the 2006 and 2007 Nike Foot Locker South Regional...Named to All-Metro Team following 2006-07 season...Broke a 13-year-old school record (also held by Griffin) at the 2006 GHSA AAAAA cross country championships by taking third place with a time of 15:52.13.

Personal: Born November 7, 1989...Son of Bill and Therese Cleaver...Majoring in Biology.

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