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coach Aaron Kindt said. “She had a great fall and was our No. 1 run­ner. She helped us to a sec­ond place fin­ish (dur­ing the cross coun­try sea­son), my first ever podium fin­ish in school his­tory and that was spe­cial. She kind of kept that role go­ing into the track sea­son.”

Mat­tox emerged as one of the top dis­tance run­ners for the Golden Ea­gles in the spring and made a push to reach­ing the NCAA Cham­pi­onships in Eu­gene, Ore­gon. She ended up 42nd in the 1500-meter run at the NCAA East Pre­lims in Tampa, Florida.

“It was after her in­door cham­pi­onship that she re­ally re­al­ized what she could do and run­ning out­side, she re­ally took off at the be­gin­ning of April and into May,” Kindt said. “That was some­thing I thought she could do at some point of her ca­reer and maybe next year would be the year, but she kind of ex­ploded to­ward the end there. That was a lot of fun.”

Mat­tox was a four-year let­ter­win­ner in a state cham­pi­onship ca­reer in both cross coun­try and track for the Yel­low­jack­ets in high school.

Her fastest times at SHS were 17:59 in 5K, 4:55 in the 1600-meter run, 10:59 in the 2-mile and 2:18 in the 800-meter run.

Mat­tox is al­ready back in Starkville pre­par­ing for next sea­son at South­ern Miss.

That doesn't sur­prise Kindt be­cause he has wit­nessed Mat­tox's de­sire to be a bet­ter run­ner real close al­ready in Hat­ties­burg.

“One thing about Kate is she is as tough of a com­peti­tor as you'll ever come across,” Kindt said. “We just let Kate's nat­u­ral com­pet­i­tive­ness take over.”

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