Sam Mattis
Personal information
Full nameSamuel Harrison Mattis
Born (1994-03-19) March 19, 1994 (age 27)
Manhattan, New York City
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight245 lb (111 kg)
Country United States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Discus throw
College teamUniversity of Pennsylvania
Coached byMarlon Mattis, Jake Brenza

Samuel Harrison Mattis (born March 19, 1994) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the discus throw and has a personal record of 67.45 meters.[1] His biggest success to date was first place at the 2015 NCAA National Championships.[2] That was, until he finished first place at the 2019 Outdoor USA Track and Field Championships. In June 2021, Sam became an Olympian after finishing top three at the 2020 United States Track and Field Olympic Trials.

He competed for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in college and won an NCAA title while there. His throw of 67.45 m (221 ft 3 in) to win the 2016 Philadelphia College Classic is the American Collegiate record and 2nd best mark in history by a college student.

He was enrolled in the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Operations Management.

Early life and career

Mattis was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Marlon and Marcie Mattis. Mattis grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey and attended East Brunswick High School, where he started competing in the discus throw events as a teenager.[3]

Collegiate career

Over the course of his four years competing for Penn, he earned three NCAA All-American honors and one NCAA title, as well as being named the USATFCCA/NCAA National Scholar of the year. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association selected him as the 2015 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for Division I.[4] He is a four-time Heps Outdoor Champion in the Discus throw and received First-Team All-Ivy honors for each of his four outdoor seasons.

Personal life

Son of Marcie and Marlon. Has one brother, Jake who also attended UPenn's Wharton School. Father was captain of the William & Mary track & field team in 1985 and held the 35-lbs weight throw record and ranks No. 3 in the hammer.[3]

Major competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2016 2016 NCAA National Championships Hayward Field - Oregon 2nd Discus throw 60.96 m (200 ft 0 in)
2016 Ivy League Outdoor Championships Weaver Track & Field Stadium - Princeton University 1st Discus throw 62.45 m (204 ft 10+12 in)
2015 2015 NCAA National Championships Hayward Field - Oregon 1st Discus throw 62.48 m (204 ft 11+34 in)
2015 Ivy League Outdoor Championships Franklin Field - Penn 1st Discus throw 61.75 m (202 ft 7 in)
2014 2014 NCAA National Championships Hayward Field - Oregon 5th Discus throw 60.33 m (197 ft 11 in)
2014 Ivy League Outdoor Championships Reese Stadium - Yale 1st Discus throw 58.72 m (192 ft 7+34 in)
2013 Ivy League Outdoor Championships Weaver Track & Field Stadium - Princeton 1st Discus throw 58.34 m (191 ft 4+34 in)

Personal bests

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Discus throw (outdoor) 67.45 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 19, 2016
Shot put (outdoor) 17.29 Princeton, New Jersey May 8, 2016
Shot put (indoor) 17.06 Ithaca, New York February 28, 2016


  1. ^ Personal Best Accessed 2016-03-19
  2. ^ 2015 NCAA Nationals Archived 2016-04-01 at the Wayback Machine Penn Athletics. Accessed 2016-03-19
  3. ^ a b Sam Mattis Archived 2016-04-01 at the Wayback Machine. Penn Quakers. Accessed 2016-03-19.
  4. ^ DI Men's Track & Field Scholar Athletes of the Year USTFCCCA. Accessed 2016-03-19