Matt Bearden
Matt Bearden


Ewing, N.J.

High School:
Ewing (USMAPS)

2013: Competed in five races in his plebe season at West Point ... opened with a 12th-place finish at the Army Open with a 5K time of 16:10.30 ... finished in the team's top 10 for the remainder of the season ... claimed 84th of 210 runners at the Iona Meet of Champions with an 8K time of 27:15.07 ... was the team's No. 6 runner at the Paul Short Invitational, with a time of 25:59 ... posted a 25:18.24 to take 11th place in the "Star" win against Navy, finishing sixth for the Black Knights en route to the win ... ended the season as Army's fifth finisher and 28th overall at the Patriot League Championships with a time of 26:19.15.

High School: Accomplished runner out of Ewing High School before spending last academic year at the United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) ... owns Ewing school records in the mile, 3,200 meters, 5,000 meters and distance medley relay ... 2011 Mercer County Cross Country Champion ... two-time New Jersey Central Sectional champion (2010-11) ... recorded the Navy Prep School course record when competing for USMAPS ... also a successful wrestler ... team MVP in 2012 ... two-time District 17 champion on the mat ... National Honor Society ... graduated ninth in his class at Ewing.

Personal: Matthew Raymond Bearden ... born in New Brunswick, N.J. ... son of Lisa and Ray Bearden ... two sisters - Sara and Sammy ... first member of his family to embark on a military career ... credits his mother, who used to wake him up daily at 5 a.m. to run, for having the most influence on his athletic career ... fluent in Italian ... enjoys wrestling and working out in his spare time ... Philadelphia Phillies fan ... undeclared major.

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