Matt Gross never won a conference, county, sectional or invitational in high school. He never placed at states. He didn’t throw the javelin 150 feet until three weeks into his senior year. His sophomore PR was 118-3.
This week, he heads to NCAA Division 3 nationals.
Guys like Matt Gross are why we love track and field.
It doesn’t matter where you came from. It doesn’t matter how humble your beginnings were. It doesn’t matter what you did in the past. If you keep working, you’re going to get better. And there are really very few limits to how much better you can get.
Gross, a 2016 Cherokee graduate, is now a junior at Rutgers-Camden, and this weekend he learned he’s one of 20 competitors nation-wide who qualified to throw the javelin at NCAA Division 3 nationals outside Cleveland.
Gross, who got up to 177-9 at sectionals his senior year at Cherokee (the only meet he was over 165 feet at Cherokee), improved to 191-6 1/2 last spring to place third at the NJAC meet and this year improved to 196-7 for second at conference and this past weekend he won the ECAC Division 3 championship — the first major title of his life — with a personal-best throw of 197-0 at Southern Connecticut State in New Haven.
The javelin is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Thursday at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.