Matthew Maton, a former national prep star from Bend whose all-American career at Oregon was recently slowed by a string of injuries, is no longer on the Ducks’ cross country or track and field rosters.
Maton hasn’t raced in an Oregon uniform since the 2017 indoor season when he competed in both the mile and 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship meet.
He missed the 2017 outdoor season and never ran for the Ducks again as injuries kept him from competing.
Coach Robert Johnson is in Sunriver with the men’s and women’s cross country teams for their annual training camp and was unavailable for comment Saturday. New men’s cross country and distance coach Ben Thomas did say two weeks ago that Maton would not be competing in what would’ve been his redshirt junior cross country season this fall.
The Ducks opened their cross country season on Thursday at the Oregon XC Preview.
Maton joined the Ducks in 2015 following a standout prep career that included six OSAA state titles in cross country and track for Summit High School.
He became the sixth U.S. high schooler to break 4 minutes in the mile when he ran 3:59.38 at the 2015 Oregon Twilight during his senior season. That summer he won a U.S. Junior title and Pan American Junior Championship in the 5,000.
In his freshman cross country season for Oregon, Maton was the Ducks’ fifth scorer at the NCAA championships and then was a member of the distance medley relay team that won the NCAA Indoor title in 2016. In his first outdoor season, Maton was the Pac-12 runnerup in the 1,500 and advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor meet. He also competed in the 1,500 at the U.S. Olympic Trials that summer.
He kicked off his sophomore season with an all-American turn in cross country after placing 29th at the NCAA meet.
In another update to the Ducks’ roster, former Liberty cross country coach Tim Sykes has been added as an volunteer assistant distance and cross country coach.
Sykes was an assistant at Liberty in 2017 but was named the head coach of cross country just last January, but left before the season started to join the Ducks.