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SEATTLE - (Sept. 15) Seattle U Athletics sat down with cross country senior standout Matthew Seidel to ask him some questions about his journey. 2016 runner up in the Western Athletic Conference Championship 10k and 5k, Seidel has run 30:45 for 10,000 meters, and holds a personal best of 14:28 in the 5k.

Where are you from?

I am from Santa Clara, California and went to Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. I'm very proud to be from the Bay Area.

What initially attracted you to running?
I loved sports but was horrible at every other sport I tried. I did baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis, and even sprinting and was terrible at all of them, so I tried long distance running and I wasn't half bad so I stuck with it.

What is your favorite distance to run?
I love the 5K. It is the perfect balance of short distance speed and long distance endurance and really allows a runner to get into a groove and try and push themselves to hold a steady rhythm for 12-and-a-half laps.

What is your favorite part of running in Seattle?
Being able to run through all sorts of tiny trails and parks with my best friends. I love the team atmosphere of being a collegiate runner and being able to share the unique urban-outdoorsy atmosphere of Seattle with others.

What is your favorite thing to do in Seattle?
Definitely the music scene. From Nirvana and Pearl Jam to more recent bands like The Head and the Heart and ODESZA, the vibrant live music scene of Seattle has accentuated the culture of the Pacific Northwest to me. 

What is your favorite type of music?
Alternative rock by far. Nothing gets me through a run by myself like popping in my headphones and jamming out to a band like Vampire Weekend or Foals.

What is your favorite type of food?
Mexican food. Tacos, tortas, quesadillas, you name it.

What would your last meal be?
If I had to pick one last meal, it would have to be a full rack of baby back ribs with a side of fries.

Pick one: 100 degrees or 40 degrees?
Being from California, it's a no brainer for me. 100 degrees and sunny all the way.

What’s your best memory as a Redhawk?
As a Redhawk, being able to show up to practice everyday and throwdown with my teammates in workouts, weights, and everything in between. The people I train with are the reason I train. As far as singular instances go, double silver medaling my sophomore year at conference in the 5K and 10K was pretty surreal.

What was your favorite show when you were growing up?
How I Met Your Mother. I've probably watched every episode of that show at least five times and can quote whole scenes at a time.

What is your hidden talent?
Singing, maybe? I was in a band for a short period at high school and will gladly grab the mic at any karaoke function. I'm not saying I'm good, but I'm willing to give it 100% which is much more than many in my experience.

What was the last concert you saw?
I went to Bumbershoot a couple weekends ago and that was quite fun. I am also going to see the Fleet Foxes and I am super excited to see one of Seattle's best bands on their home turf.

Are you a dog or cat person?
Cat person. They are low maintenance and can be just as loving as a dog if you get the right cat. Plus every stray cat I've met in Seattle has been super friendly.

What is your favorite sport to watch?
Hockey is probably the most fun sport I've seen in my life. I'm a big time Sharks fan and have never been more excited for a team than when they made a run at the Stanley Cup a couple years ago. I've also really gotten into soccer since moving to Seattle with both our men's team and the Sounders.

Seidel led the Redhawks at the UW-Seattle U Dual in the first race of the season with a time of 22:55:51 on the 7,200-meter loop course at Magnuson Park. Seattle U runners will race Saturday at Lincoln Park in Seattle for the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington. The women will run a 6k race at 11:00 a.m. PT while the men will run an 8k race at 11:30 a.m. PT.

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