ROXANA - Mathew Olbert has been one of the top Roxana boys cross country performers each of the past four years with his hard work and dedication.

Olbert, a standout overall athlete for the Shells, moved from the No. 3 runner on the Shells’ squad to No. 2 by the end of the 2020 fall season. Olbert is the November Riverbender.com Roxana Shells Male Athlete of the Month. In his career, Olbert has been under 17 minutes for 3 miles.

Olbert is also a standout wrestler for the Shells. Last year he advanced to the sectional meet. Olbert wrestled in the 126-pound weight class.

As a runner, Olbert started as a sprinter and a friend persuaded him out for the sport.

“I found I was good at distance running and it's something I have loved and had a passion about since,” he said. “Running helps clear my mind and is something I always enjoy doing.”

Olbert is unsure where he will go to college. He is looking into a business administration degree and career. Olbert is exceptional in the classroom at Roxana High School.

“This was a hard season with COVID-19 and schedule changes, but we worked through it all,” he said. “Our coach was always pushing us and thought there would be a chance we could run in the postseason.”

Olbert plans to run the middle distances in track and field in 2021 and also work to improve his time in the 300-meter hurdles. Depending on when the football season occurs, he may spend some time this spring on the gridiron.

Riverbender.com's Athlete of the Month program is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and the cooperation of our area high schools. This is a great accomplishment and one to be very proud, of. Please join us in congratulating this young athlete. We at Riverbender.com wish you continued success in your future.

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