NEW YORK, N.Y.— Matt Fusco admitted he had some butterflies before his 5,000-meter race at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory Track and Field Center in Manhattan.
“When running in meets as big as Nationals, it’s definitely a little nerve-racking,” Fusco said. “Everyone in the race earned their place on the line by qualifying, so I felt a little more nervous than I normally do during regular season races.
Once the race started the nerves subsided, and by the end of it, the junior had attained All-American status with a fifth-place finish in a clocking of 15:00.45 on Friday, March 10.
“It meant a lot to become an All-American, especially after starting the season off with an injury,” Fusco said. “It was reassuring to see all my hard work pay off.”
Fusco edged out Arlington’s Ryan Oosting by just over a second to take fifth.
“Going into the race, I knew there were many runners with faster times and more experience, so I knew it wouldn’t have been very smart to take the lead,” he said. “My strategy was to go out in the top five and to hold on for as long as I could.”
Matt’s twin brother Greg ran in the 1-mile race and finished 20th in a time of 4:21.35 on March 12.