On October 21st, 2015, senior Matthew Lugat made Boys’ Latin history breaking the course record originally set by a Park student. Lugat broke that record and then two weeks later broke his own record again, setting it twice.
Matt Lugat originally broke the first record with a time of 21 minutes and five seconds. Then, he broke his own record by 45 seconds with a time of 20 minutes and 3o seconds.
When asked about his new achievement, Matt demonstrated the attitude of a true team player: “I was very honored and excited to break this record, but with this achievement came added attention which brings stress and takes away from the team aspect which is most important to me.” Matt has always been known to be a hard-working individual, and his attitude towards making history is very humbling.
Matt Lugat began running in the eighth grade just as a reason to stay in shape for lacrosse in the offseason. He developed a passion for it, and it quickly became his favorite sport when he became so good at it.
Matthew said that his team’s support along the way and in practice is what drove him to beat his personal bests everyday and eventually break the course record once. Then, he broke it again by a whole 45 seconds.
Lugat said that his coaches had the biggest impact on his transformation into a strong runner, “Coach Scharff and Sean Mullally pushed me everyday on the course to stick with it and forced me out of my comfort zone.” These coaches pushed Matt to his breaking point, and being the great runner he is, he thrives under pressure.
Matt is actually getting opportunities to potentially run in college, gaining interest from some great institutions such as Texas Christian University, Wake Forest, and Loyola (Md.)
Matt is not sure if he is ready to take on this commitment of running in college. However, he will definitely look into these opportunities to run at big time schools.
Cross country is often overlooked in the athletic department, and it is very rare that students at BL have the honor to break a record. The last record broken at BL was by Shack Stanwick for most points in lacrosse history.
Lacrosse records are always considered huge deals, but these records deserve just as much recognition because it is a huge achievement to break the time record once, much less twice.
Records are being broken by the class of 2016, and it’s thanks to athletes like Matt that push themselves every day.
Lugat capped off a 23-0 cross country career as an upperclassmen winning back to back championships. The Lakers won the championship meet on Wednesday, November 5th.