Matthew Pereira
Matthew Pereira
Year: Junior
Hometown: Kildeer, Ill.
High School: Lake Zurich
Major: Mathematics, Computer Science
House Affiliation: Dunster

2019 (Junior)
Competed in five meets for the Crimson and was a consistent scorer for Harvard... Second-team All-Ivy League Selection and All-Region Honoree... Opened the season at the Coast-to-Coast Battle for Beantown, running a personal best 8000m time of 24:47.6 to place 18th and second for Harvard... Competed at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational, running 8000m in 25:32.9... Placed 12th at the Ivy League Heps Championships... Earned All-Ivy League honors by running the 5M course in 25:03.8... Finished in 20th place to earn All-Region at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, helping the team to its first ever regional title... Ran 29:20.6 on the 10,000m road course in Buffalo at Regionals... Finished in the Top-75 at the NCAA Championships and was the third-fastest Harvard runner with a time of 31:44.4 over the 10,000m race.

2018 (Sophomore)
Finished the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown with a time of 25:20 … Finished 17th at the Ivy League Heptagonal XC Championships with a time of 25:06.5 … Finished 122nd at the DI Northeast Region Cross Country Championships with a time of 35:22.4.

2017 (Freshman)
Finished the NCAA Division I Northeast Region Cross Country Championships with a 33:55.1 (Nov. 10) ... Placed 67th at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships with a 26:48.2 (Oct. 27) ... High a career-best 25:18.4 at the Princeton XC Invitational (Oct. 14). 

Before Harvard:
3200m - 9:11.79

"Matthew is a special talent and we can't wait to start working with him.  He is a two-time Footlocker finalist, and finished in the top six for three years in a row at the Illinois State cross country championship. Matthew is one of the most accomplished high school runners we've recruited to Harvard and he should make an immediate impact." – Coach Saretsky