Matt Conahan has been slowed by injury and illness, but he did set a personal best this past spring on the track in the 3,000 meters. “Matt is more of a track runner,” Nebraska Coach Jay Dirksen said, “but he has had moments where you say this guy can be a pretty good cross country runner.”
Conahan only competed in two races during the 2009 season, the Creighton/UNO Classic and Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, before he suffered an injury at the Wisconsin adidas Invite and was lost for the rest of the season. He was the Huskers’ fourth runner at the Creighton/UNO Classic, as he finished 11th overall with a time of 28:52.
Conahan bounced back to run both indoors and outdoors for the track and field team, including a personal best of 8:55.73 in the indoor 3,000 meters.
Conahan got a late start to his sophomore season, not running until the fourth meet of the year. He opened with a 25th-place finish at the South Dakota State Classic, running a time of 26:49 to contribute to the men’s team winning the meet title. Conahan finished 79th at the Big 12 Conference Championships with a time of 26:58.5, assisting the men’s team to a seventh-place finish, its best showing since 2002.
At the season-opening Creighton/UNO Classic, Conahan finished sixth with a time of 28:28 on the 8K course. The following week at home, he ran a time of 26:16.8 at the Woody Greeno. He finished 108th at his first NCAA Regional meet with a time of 33:17 on the 10K course.Conahan helped out immediately on the track, producing the team’s second-best time during the indoor season in the 800 meters (1:52.86), 1,000 meters (2:27.48) and mile run (4:10.75). He only competed in one meet, the Jim Click Shootout, during the outdoor season before being diagnosed with mononucleosis, which ended his season.
High School (Millard North)
Conahan competed at the Nebraska Class A State Cross Country Championships all four years under Coach Mike Neeman. Conahan won the 2005 Class A state title and All-Class gold medal as a junior. Conahan also earned two All-Class gold medals for his efforts at the state track meet. His first came from his 800-meter (1:53.81) at the 2006 state meet, while the second was as the anchor leg of the winning 4x800-meter relay team in 2007. He repeated his 800-meter win at the 2007 meet, where he also anchored the runner-up 4x400-meter relay team. In 2005, Conahan won the boys’ intermediate 2,000-meter steeplechase (6:28.28) at the USA Youth Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. His personal-best time of 6:21.46 earned him the young men’s bronze medal at the 2006 national meet. He also won the intermediate boys’ 1,500 and 2,000-meter steeplechase at the 2004 USA Youth Championships.
Matt was born in Omaha, Neb., on March 1, 1989. He is the son of Timothy and Jennifer Conahan, and has one sister, Kristen. Conahan is majoring in criminal justice at Nebraska.