Former El Paso State Champ Transfers from Houston to UTEP


POSTED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 4:04pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 5:34pm

Matt Dudley was an accomplished Discus and Shot Put thrower at Parkland High School, winning the 4A State Championship his sophomore (2006) and senior (2008) seasons at Parkland.  After graduating in 2009 to attend the University of Houston, Dudley has decided to transfer to UTEP.  Dudley performed well at Houston, in 2009, he began the indoor season with a second-place finish in the shot put at the Texas A&M Opener with a mark of 15.77m (51-09) ... Also finished second at the Leonard Hilton Memorial, throwing a distance of 15.70m (51-06.25) ... Placed sixth at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational (15.32m/50-03.25) and the Houston Indoor Invitational (15.80m/51-10) ... Set a personal record of 15.91m (52-02.5) at the C-USA Championships. Outdoor: Claimed fifth place in the discus at the TSU Relays ... Finished in ninth place at the ASU Sun Angel Classic with a distance of 47.08m (154-05) ... Landing a mark of 46.65m (153-00), finished 14th in the discus at the LSU Alumni Gold meet ... Notched a sixth-place finish at the J. Fred Duckett Rice Twilight, making a 46.74m (153-04) toss ... Took 10th at the Texas Invitational with a mark of 47.10m (154-06) ... At the Rice All-Comers Meet, finished third, throwing a distance of 44.94m (147-05) ... Took second at the C-USA Championships, setting a PR in the discus with a throw of 48.95m (160-07).

Matt sat out the 2010 season due to Conference USA transfer rules, but is excited to work with UTEP coach Mika Laaksonen, along with his father, who had qualified for the Olympics in the Discus.

"Houston wasn't a good fit for me, so I decided to come back, kick it off at UTEP, and have my dad as the coach, along with Mika in the mix. That was a decision that was for myself, and my best interests. This is my hometown, this is where I like to be, I have my coach, my dad, and together, I think they give me an extra edge on everything, and it's always good to be home."

UTEP starts school on August 22nd, and Track and Field practice begins September 15.

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