Athlete Profile: Matteo Small


Berkeley High School senior Matteo Small competes for the mile and the 800 meter events in track. He also runs cross country, and feels that the sports have the ability to give him a “mind reset”. Small stated, “People talk about a runners’ high, and it’s a real thing to workout, finish up, and drink some water and feel good about yourself.” He started running because his mom had him run community 5k races with her, and pushed him to sign up for cross country instead of basketball, like he wanted to. Since his somewhat reluctant start, he became independently connected to the sport as he developed close friendships on his team, began to see his improvement, and found personal meaning in how running helps him clear his mind and focus on his thoughts. Because of how it reduces his stress, running has always been consistent in Small’s life and he hopes to continue running throughout his life.