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Warren’s Matt Rauch to run for Shawnee St. Bears

Photo by Melissa Liston Warren senior Matthew Rauch committed to continuing his athletic and academic careers at Shawnee State. Seated, from left to right, are Amanda Rauch, Dawn Rauch, Matthew Rauch, Brett Rauch and Andrew Rauch. Standing, from left to right, are Shawnee State coach Eric Putnam and Warren cross country coach Ryan Werry.

VINCENT — The Shawnee State cross country and track teams are getting a versatile athlete in Warren senior Matt Rauch.

Rauch announced his decision last Friday during a commitment ceremony inside the Warren High School gymnasium. He is the son of Brett and Dawn Rauch.

“I first visited (Shawnee State’s) campus during my sophomore year and I was drawn in by the small town feel but I didn’t think I was college material. A year later at a cross country meet, the college coach (Eric Putnam) came up to me and said that he would be interested in having me run for Shawnee State. That’s when I thought that I may be college level material for running. I decided to visit Shawnee State again and met one of the professors for the plastics engineering program and I liked seeing the hands-on learning experience and updated labs.”

Rauch’s personal record time in cross country is 16 minutes, 56 seconds. Rauch was an integral member of the Warren cross country boys team, which won its first four meets of the 2020 season under the direction of head coach Ryan Werry.

He finished the season with All-East Central Ohio League, All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and all-district honors.

In track, Rauch has excelled in multiple events this season for Tyler Schaad-coached Warren. Most recently, during the Ohio Valley Running Company Invitational Wednesday at Athens, Rauch placed first in the 110 hurdles (16.56), the 300 hurdles (42.31) and the pole vault (11-feet, 6-inches) and was tied for fourth in the high jump (5-6).

Shawnee State, located in Portsmouth, competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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