CB East Trio Commit to Compete in Collegiate Track & Field

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Central Bucks East seniors Marc Motter, Matt Brown and Jake Zosulis were recognized for committing to continue their track and field careers at the collegiate level. Check back for photos of the event.


“These three guys have been leaders in their own different way,” coach Chris Pierangeli said. “It’s been neat to watch them grow and really help a lot of the younger guys the whole time.”

Matt Brown – Gettysburg College (Track & Field)
Major: 
History
Final list of colleges:  Gettysburg, Temple, Penn State
Reasons for choosing Gettysburg:  “It just fit me academically and really let me compete at the level I wanted to. It just had everything I wanted. I was looking for a smaller school, and they have good campus food. I was looking at Temple and Penn State, but I had my mind set on Gettysburg. I applied early decision.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in track and field at the collegiate level?  “It started sophomore year when I started to get the distances that I needed to compete at that level. Ever since then, it was always on my mind. I was always going to schools, talking to coaches, and then I found Gettysburg and I thought of this place as my future home.”
Coach Chris Pierangeli says:  “What’s been neat to see about Matt is that he’s become the best javelin thrower so far, and just last week going and throwing a 163 in the early season to get a district qualifying time is really impressive. It’s something a lot of guys will work four years and not get to until the end of their senior season. What I’ve asked of him and guys who are really close (to him) is to be leaders for the younger guys. I think it’s been a new role for him, but it’s been really impressive to see him respond and listen and help really mentor some of the younger guys. I think he has a little bit more of a goofy personality which goes with the throwers, and that’s okay as long as they’re focused when it comes time to work. So they have a little more fun, they can goof around, but they focus when it’s time to throw the javelin, and it’s really cool that he’s going to try to do multiple events and be a decathlete.”
About Matt:
Favorite food: 
Chicken Parmesan
Favorite movie:  Black Panther
Favorite music:  Cat Fish and the Bottlemen

Marc Motter – University of Chicago (Track & Field/Cross Country)
Major: 
Economics
Final list of colleges:  Chicago, Colgate, Washington & Lee
Reasons for choosing Chicago:  “It gave me an opportunity to compete in a good conference with a developing team, and also academically, it had a lot of upside for me. The major I want to do, which is economics – there’s a lot of potential. It’s a great program, and it’s a really good fit for me.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in track and cross country at the collegiate level?  “I was always interested in it, and especially junior and senior year as I realized I had the potential to compete at the collegiate level, I feel like it opened a lot of doors for me. It’s something I love, so the ability to continue to pursue both athletic and academic pursuits in college is a great opportunity.”
Coach Chris Pierangeli says:  “I’ve worked with Marc most directly because before I was head coach I was assistant with the middle distance (runners), and he is someone that from day one has come to work every day at practice. He is another guy you can rely on. What stood out for us last year – he had to go to Indiana for a week with his family. When he came back last year, he was our best runner in (one of the relays). We told him the mileage he needed to do, and it was clear that he did it, so from that moment forward, I knew that whenever I asked something of him it would be taken care of. Last year, he was on a 4x8 medaling team at the end of indoor season, and the only thing that really got in the way of that was injuries. He’s another guy who constantly works hard and constantly, to me, can be relied on to really do something when the coaches aren’t there.”
About Marc:
Favorite food: 
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Favorite movie:  Dunkirk
Favorite music:  The Doors

 

Jake Zosulis – Monmouth University (Track & Field)
Major: 
Business
Final list of colleges:  Monmouth, West Chester, St. Joseph’s
Reasons for choosing Monmouth:  “I decided to go to Monmouth because I really like their program. I thought it was awesome, and school academic-wise is a very good fit for me. I also loved where it was – right on the beach. You can’t really beat that.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in track at the collegiate level?  “When I was younger, I always played soccer. As a freshman, I ran track and I realized it was the right fit for me. It wasn’t until last spring – I had a decent amount of success and I thought that I might want to do this in my future. I’ve always wanted to play sports in college.”
Coach Chris Pierangeli says:  “Jake is someone who has come out of his shell through track and other activities. He’s always been a hard worker but (has become) a little more confident to speak up as a leader. For us, he’s been someone who has been so reliable for relays, for the 4x4 and 4x1 in particular. Last year he was part of a group that overcame a lot of frustration and adversity, messing the 4x1 handoffs, and they got it right to the point that the last three weeks into districts and states they were running their best, and Jake was a key part of that. They got a couple of schools records because of that and went on to get a fifth place medal outdoors, which was really impressive to see.”
About Jake:
Favorite food: 
Mac ‘N Cheese
Favorite movie:  Pulp Fiction
Favorite music:  Rock