Matthew Driben '23 - Men's Cross Country

WALTHAM, Mass. – Men’s cross country senior Matthew Driben of Reading, Pennsylvania, has been named the October 3 Brandeis Athlete of the Week, presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group.

Driben earned his second win of the season at the 2022 Keene State Invitational on Saturday, October 1. He won the meet by covering the five-mile course in 24:53.28. Driben defeated second-place Jake Pearl of host Keene State by 27 seconds. It was Driben's first time breaking 25 minutes over five miles, besting his previous career-fastest time by 11 seconds.

The win was the third of Driben’s career and was his sixth career top-five finish.

The Judges return to action on October 15th at the Connecticut College Invitational.

TEXT: BRANDEIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK, Presented by Jake N Joes and The Chateau: Matthew Driben, Men's Cross Country, Sr., Reading, Pa.IMAGE: Matthew Driben leading a pack of runners at a cross country meet GET TO KNOW MATTHEW

Majors: Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy

Minors: Hispanic Studies and Chemistry

Favorite Athletic Moment: Doubling for the first time in almost five years after a disappointing 5k to hit a 13-second PR in the 3k at indoor UAA's this past year.

Favorite place on campus outside of Gosman: Sherman Dining Hall.

Favorite book: Catch-22.

Extracurriculars: Waltham Group.

On-Campus Research: Hayes lab, Bariatrics research with Dr. Stephan Myers

This is the seventh year that the Brandeis Athlete of the Week program has been presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group. The Athlete of the Year Program highlights a top Brandeis student-athlete who has had an outstanding athletic achievement from the week prior.  Each selected student-athlete will be featured on the Brandeis athletics homepage and inside the Chateau Waltham and Jake N Joes

Owned and operated by the Nocera Family, the Chateau Restaurant of Waltham opened in 1933 and set the standard for providing the tradition of Italian family dining, friendly service and quality food at reasonable prices for its customers.  Located on 195 School Street, with 900 seats, the Chateau is always ready to accommodate large parties.

The Nocera Family consists of 6 brothers who have always had a passion for playing sports.  In 2010, The Nocera Family launched a new concept, Jake n JOES Sports Grille.  Jake n JOES Waltham opened in 2014 and is the best place to watch a game and enjoy quality food.

"Brandeis student-athletes are fantastic role models in our community,” says Chateau President Joe Nocera, “They exemplify the ideals of excellence and commitment both on and off the playing field. The Chateau Waltham and Jake n JOES Waltham are proud to partner with Brandeis Athletics to continue to enhance a positive focus within the Waltham Community."

Driben is a 2018 graduate of Wyomissing High School.

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