Matthew Centrowitz

Birthday: 10/18/89 Mile PR: 3:50.53 - 2014
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:31.09 - 2014
High School: Broadneck HS
Hometown: Arnold, MD
College: University of Oregon '12
Current Residence: Eugene, OR

Team: Oregon Project
Personal website:

Matthew Centrowitz earned his second Wanamaker Mile title edging Nick Willis, 3:51.35 to 3:51.46, at the 2015 Millrose Games, and two weeks later in Boston, he won his first USA Indoor Mile title, clocking 4:01.40 with a negative split 2:07 / 1:54 and final 53.5 in a tactical race.

The Oregon grad won his second IAAF World Championship medal with a silver at Moscow 2013, joining Bernard Lagat as the only other American male to have WC 1500m multi-medals (both twice). He won the 2013 USA 1500 meter title in a tactical race (3:45.17), and at the 2012 London Olympic Games, he earned a 4th place finish, just missing a bronze medal by .04 seconds. He earned his first trip to the Olympics with a runner-up finish in the 1500 meters at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

At the 105th Millrose Games in February 2012, Centrowitz won the NYRR Wanamaker Mile in 3:53.92 and became only the second runner in history to double back 7 1/2 months later in September to win the Fifth Avenue Mile in a personal best 3:52.4.

In 2011, Centrowitz competed at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea earning a bronze medal in the 1500m (the first U.S. men's medal for the distance since 1987). He also won his first 1500m national title at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships. At the University of Oregon, he was a 7-time NCAA All-American, winning the 2011 NCAA Outdoor 1500m title in 3:42.54.

FUN FACTS: Father Matt was a 1976 & 1980 Olympic team member at 1500 and 5000 meters respectively. Sister, Lauren, is also a national class Miler.



Centrowitz Wins Mile, Rowbury Gets Double at USA Indoors

March 02, 2015

Nike Oregon Project teammates take distance titles on meet's final day.

By David Monti for Runner's World

Nike Oregon Project teammates Matthew Centrowitz and Shannon Rowbury won the distance races and Casimir Loxsom broke the American 600-meter record on Sunday, the final day of the USA...

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Cito, Citius, Centrowitz

February 28, 2015

2015 goal to complete his set of World Championship medals with a 1500m gold in Beijing this summer.

From SPIKES powered by IAAF

He’s got CITIUS (Latin for faster) tattooed on his right shoulder, and Matthew Centrowitz’s 2015 season has started just like that. SPIKES caught up with the U.S....

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Centrowitz’s chase for gold

February 18, 2015

“His ambition is no longer just to be the best in the country. He wants to be the best in the world.” - Bernard Lagat

By Nick Zaccardi, NBC OlympicTalk

Bernard Lagat, the U.S. 1500m record holder and, at different points, a rival of icons Hicham El Guerrouj, Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah,...

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Centrowitz, Rowbury Win Wanamaker Mile Titles

February 14, 2015

Lagat shatters Masters (40 & older) Mile world record; near record 10 men go sub-4 indoors at 108th NYRR Millrose Games

By Jim Gerweck, Mile wire

NEW YORK – The Mile is generally considered to be the perfect race in the track & field canon because of its near-perfect symmetry. Four laps of...

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Centrowitz, 3:50 yet disappointed

June 10, 2014

“I feel I’m still trying to establish myself as one of the top runners.”

By Jack Pfeifer,

Matthew Centrowitz was on hand for the big Bowerman Mile that always concludes the Prefontaine Classic meet. He was surrounded by a sea of pan-Africa – Algeria, Morocco, Djibouti, Kenya,...

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World Championships Medalist Matthew Centrowitz and Teenage Track Sensation Mary Cain to headline NY

January 29, 2014

Three-time Olympian Nick Willis and USA champion Morgan Uceny also among top competitors

NEW YORK — Moscow World Championships silver medalist Matthew Centrowitz and teenage track sensation Mary Cain will headline the NYRR Wanamaker Mile fields at the NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February...

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Big Turnaround for U.S. Middle Distance Running

January 01, 2014

U.S. Milers winning medals and races, leading world lists and the best world-wide both genders combined

By David Monti, Race Results Weekly

At the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, the United States put in a dismal performance in the middle distance events. With the Stade de France...

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Centrowitz improves to silver at Worlds

August 18, 2013

Back-to-back World Championship 1500 meter medals; "Getting silver to Kiprop is gold any other day."

By Chris Lehourites, AP Sports Writer

MOSCOW — As Matthew Centrowitz raced around the final bend, about to accelerate into his finishing kick, his dad's TV went blank.

Of the millions of...

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Centrowitz runs in Moscow 3 decades after his father did not

August 14, 2013

2011 World Championships 1500m bronze medalist and 2013 USA 1500m champion qualifies for 2013 Worlds 1500m semis

By Pat Graham, Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Nearly 33 years later, a Centrowitz family member finally stepped inside Luzhniki Stadium and started a major race.

With a freshly...

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Men’s 1500 Meter Team for World Champs Finalized

July 08, 2013

Centrowitz, Manzano, and Lomong will go to Moscow.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

The confusing and somewhat nerve-racking matter of who will represent the United States in the men’s 1500 at the World Championships next month was resolved on Saturday after a fast race at Meeting Areva, a...

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Broadneck alum Centrowitz finishes first in crowded 1500 final at USA Outdoors

June 23, 2013

2012 Olympian holds off pack for World Championships berth; five others finish within a second

From the Baltimore Sun

Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) won a jam-packed 1500 meter final at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. The 23-year-old from Annapolis...

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Is Something Wrong with U.S. Milers?

June 19, 2013

A perfect storm of factors leads to a lack of fast 1500 meter times in 2013 for U.S. men

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

As runners line up for the first round of the men’s 1500 meters on Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, none of them will have the "A"...

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World’s Top Milers Slated for Bowerman Mile at 39th Prefontaine Classic

May 22, 2013

Recent Olympic 1500 gold medalists Makhloufi, Kiprop headline men’s field; Manzano, Centrowitz lead American contingent

EUGENE, Ore. – The storied Bowerman Mile annually closes the Prefontaine Classic on the highest of notes, but this year’s finale on Saturday, June 1 seems destined to send...

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Track and Field News Interview with Matthew Centrowitz

March 12, 2013

By Jon Hendershott, Track and Field News

Top-rated U.S. Miler Matthew Centrowitz is in his second full pro season, now training with Alberto Salazar’s elite group in Portland.

The 23-year-old Maryland native is the son of ’76 Olympian Matt Centrowitz, who also made the ’80 team and set a 5000...

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A Beautiful Night for the Mile: Reid, Lomong Win the Wanamaker Mile

February 16, 2013

Multiple records topple in the Armory Saturday night as high school phenom Mary Cain betters her own U.S. record, while Lomong and O’Hare take the storied race into new terrain.

By Duncan Larkin, Mile wire 

NEW YORK – Under the bright lights and amidst the roaring of a sold-out crowd at the...

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Connolly and Centro Bookend a Colorful Wanamaker History

February 14, 2013

By Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Last year, New York Road Runners sponsored the men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile for the first time. Matthew Centrowitz took charge to win his professional debut at the distance in 3:53.92.

On Saturday night, Centrowitz will return to the New Balance Track &...

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Matthew Centrowitz Wants Wanamaker Mile Record Saturday

February 13, 2013

He'll shoot for win and sub-3:52 at the Millrose Games.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Matthew Centrowitz, 23, won the Wanamaker Mile at the 2012 Millrose Games in 3:53.92. He returns to the Games on Saturday at the Armory in New York with Bernard Lagat’s Wanamaker record of 3:52.87 as...

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Centrowitz, Lakhouad Win New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Miles

February 02, 2013

Wynne, Frazier high school Mile champions; NBIGP kick-off to the Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013
By Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire

BOSTON – (February 2, 2013) – When it comes to the Mile, the 2013 indoor track season has been thus far quite thrilling with Mary Cain’s U.S. high school record and...

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Centrowitz Craves Record-Breaking Mile Run at Millrose

January 30, 2013

The Broadneck grad will be running again in the New York indoor track meet.

By D. Frank Smith, Broadneck Patch

The 106th Millrose Games in New York City's Armory is one of the largest indoor track meets in the country.

Broadneck's Olympic running sensation Matthew Centrowitz recently told ...

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Centrowitz Feeling Faster Than Ever This Winter

January 22, 2013

By Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

On a Skype call to a New York Track Writers’ luncheon this afternoon, Matthew Centrowitz said that his recent workouts “have been faster than anything I could imagine” coming out of college.

He added that his father—two-time Olympian Matt Centrowitz, a...

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Rupp to Race Centrowitz in Indoor Mile on Saturday

January 10, 2013

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner"s World

A match-up in the Mile between Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz at Saturday’s UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle is more intriguing and potentially competitive than it might at first seem. Yes, Centrowitz is the 2011 world championships 1500...

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Matthew Centrowitz, at 22, Gets Better and Better

September 24, 2012

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Matthew Centrowitz, 22, was the 2011 IAAF World Championships 1500 meter bronze medalist and placed fourth in the 1500 at the 2012 London Olympics. He set his 1500 meter personal best of 3:31.96 this summer. On Saturday, he won the Fifth Avenue Mile in New...

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Centrowitz, Martinez Cap Year with Fifth Avenue Mile Titles

September 22, 2012

At 32nd edition, more than 5,400 finishers in age group heats race the iconic distance down the famed thoroughfare
By Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire

NEW YORK – (September 22, 2012) – For years, Bernard Lagat has dominated Mile races on the indoor track of New York City, his eight consecutive...

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Lagat, Simpson to Defend Titles at 32nd NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile

September 13, 2012

2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and Olympic fourth-place finisher Matthew Centrowitz also highlight men’s field; women’s field features two-time race champion and U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury and World Championships 1500m silver medalist Hannah England of Great Britain; $30,000...

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The Secret to Running: Not Running

September 19, 2012

By Scott Cacciola, The Wall Street Journal

After Bernard Lagat competes Saturday in the Fifth Avenue Mile, he plans to do something that would feel completely foreign to many elite runners: He will toss his sneakers in a closet and pig out for the next five weeks. No running. No sit-ups. No...

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Centrowitz Breaks Into U.S. Top 10

August 24, 2012

By Barbara Huebner, New York Road Runners

Matthew Centrowitz set a huge personal best at Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, and said that he’s not done yet.

“I still have a lot of racing left in me,” he said here after coming on strong in the last half-lap of the 1500...

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Centrowitz: 3:31.96 for 1500 Meters in Lausanne

August 23, 2012

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

In an Athletissima meet in Lausanne, Switzerland in which Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake predictably won their separate sprints and Kenyans acquitted themselves for some of their London Olympic disappointments, let's give prominent play here to the most...

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Md.‘s Matthew Centrowitz Finishes Fourth in 1500m Race

August 07, 2012

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun

LONDON - If the Algerian runner had stayed disqualified. If a fellow American hadn't surged past him near the finish line. If he had run .05 of a second faster.

Matthew Centrowitz almost medaled in the 1500 meter race here Tuesday night, but for several...

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Fast Genes

July 30, 2012

An Olympic medal eluded his dad in 1976. Today, Matthew Centrowitz aims to fulfill the family dream.

By John Brant, Runner's World

Several times a week, the most accomplished father-son duo in the history of middle-distance racing engages in a transcontinental telephone call, continuing a...

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1500-meter hopeful Centrowitz grew up in the company of Olympians

July 14, 2012

Broadneck grad and son of an Olympian knows the meaning of running on the biggest stage

By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun

Matt Centrowitz Sr. does not recall ever sitting down with his son Matthew Centrowitz to regale him with tales of being an Olympian, or to explain the thrill and...

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Matthew Centrowitz learns the strategy behind speed

April 13, 2012

By Amy Shipley, The Washington Post

Father and son laugh about it now. The father, in fact, seems to delight in recalling his son’s monumental misjudgment and subsequent collapse in his first Mile as a freshman at Broadneck High. The young Matthew Centrowitz boldly took the lead from the start...

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Centrowitz follows in father’s footsteps on track

February 02, 2012

By Pat Graham, ESPN / AP Sports

Rising middle-distance runner Matthew Centrowitz is chasing his father's footsteps with a chance for everything to come full circle on Oregon's famed oval track.

It was at Hayward Field, nearly 36 years ago, that Matt Centrowitz -- a brash kid from New York...

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