Men's Cross Country / Junior / El Sobrante, Calif.
Major: Environmental Science
Ryan Cutter is a junior runner on the UChicago men's cross country team. Last weekend, Cutter won the University Athletic Association (UAA) individual title in a time of 24:50.23. He became UChicago's first men's champion since Tom Haxton in 2003.
Head Coach Chris Hall: "The race itself was really tight between Ryan and Nick Mattucci of WashU. With about 800 meters remaining in the race, Nick surged and gapped Ryan by about 10-15 meters. He continued to hold that lead until about 200 meters to go when Ryan began closing the gap and caught him just before the finish line in what was perhaps the closest finish ever for a UAA cross country title (.031 seconds). I felt Ryan ran a really intelligent race, not moving to the front of the field until about three miles and then running side-by-side with Nick through the most challenging portion of the course. Nick has been one of the very best closers in the country and is a special athlete. I did not think Ryan was going to be able to catch him when he passed me with about 200 meters remaining in the race. It was cool to see him never give up and race through the finish line."
Teammate Chase Gardner: "Ryan Cutter is hands down the most enthusiastic runner I’ve ever met. I honestly didn’t think it was possible for someone to get so excited about cross country. But his passion is infectious. The positive energy he brings to every practice makes easy days a blast and blustery lakefront long runs just a little more bearable. I have no doubt his presence alone has pushed our team to greater heights. Plus, the dude is fast. Over the past two-plus years, I’ve spent way more time staring at the back of his jersey than I would care to admit. I can’t wait to see the heights he’ll reach this season and beyond."
Cutter Quick Facts
- Ryan loves to sleep and considers it the best use of his free time by far.
- In his first three times playing the Big Bass Wheel Pro arcade game, Ryan hit the jackpot ticket prize.
- Ryan has to get excellent sleep two nights before a competition. The night before doesn't matter.
Other OOC Nominees
Scott Lich (Men's Soccer)
- Head Coach Pat Flinn: "Scott is the ultimate competitor. He has been so good for us down the stretch this season and is one of those types of players that is always going to be at his best at the most important times."
Andrew Chen (Men's Diving)
- Head Diving Coach Rebecca Benson: "Andrew had an outstanding performance on both boards versus Carthage College. His dives were executed with elegance and precision, and his sportsmanship is infectious!"
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