Peebles senior will continue his running career at Case Western –
By Mark Carpenter –
Another member of Adams County’s premier running family will be running off to the college level as Peebles senior Matt Seas recently inked his letter of intent to continue his career at Case Western Reserve University in northern Ohio. The signing ceremony was held on the morning of May 16, in the Peebles High School gymnasium.
The high school success of Seas is well-documented in both cross-country in the fall and then track and field in the spring. This weekend he will be making his second consecutive appearance in the OHSAA State Track Meet, competing in the 3200 Meter run as his final high school race.
“It’s a Division III school so I’m not getting money to run there but the school helps meet the financial needs and they are giving me a pretty good academic scholarship,” says Seas, who was the Peebles High School valedictorian for the class of 2018. “Besides the running, the academics at Case Western are really, really strong, especially in engineering, which is what I want to do. Mix that with the fact that I can run Division III and it’s a great fit for me.”
“I’m really not a Division I runner but I think in Division III I can excel and make it to the NCAA’s and compete at the highest level there.”
At Peebles, Seas was coached in cross-country by Ty Stephens and in track and field by Tyler Wilson, and both had nothing but praise for their senior runner.
“I have known Matt for the last three years,” said Stephens. “This past year I became head coach of the Peebles High School cross-country team and from this experience, I can say with confidence that Matt is a dedicated student-athlete who leads by example and will be an asset to anything he decides to do in the future. Matt’s attitude and determination beats any I’ve ever seen. He drives to get better each and every day. From this, his teammates also excel. They see how hard Matt works and it also drives them to be the best they can be. There is no doubt in my mind that Matt will continue his excellence at the college level.”
“Matt will do great in college,” says Wilson. “He is an extremely smart and hard working student-athlete. Matt is used to a demanding training schedule already, so his transition into the collegiate level should come natural to him. I look for him to have great success in college. Case Western will be a great fit for Matt. His work ethic is undoubtedly unmatched by many and I only look for it to increase in college.”
“The Case Western campus is urban which I don’t really like, but there are pros and cons to everything,” said Seas. “If you are studying and running, it’s not going to be that big of a deal and it could actually really be a benefit with jobs after graduation. There’s plenty of stuff I can do there to keep me busy.”
“I’ve been running for seven years and the friendly, competitive atmosphere of high school running stands out to me,” the PHS senior continued. “Making it to the state meets has been special for me and the Peebles coaches have given me the flexibility to go to some bigger meets in the area and still balance my seasons.”
Specifically, Seas plans to study Chemical Engineering, but adds, “I don’t know yet exactly where that will take me, but the picture right now is to get a degree in Chemical Engineering and that is a really broad degree but in the first two years at Case Western, all the engineering students study the same thing.”
The Case Western Reserve University Spartans are a Division III school, competing in the University Athletic Association.