Nov. 3, 2007
NEW YORK - Former University of New Mexico distance standout Matt Gonzales finished 11th out of 104 runners this morning at the 2008 USA Olympic Team Trials for the men's marathon. In his first career marathon race, Gonzales covered the Central Park five-loop course in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 14 seconds - less than five minutes behind the third and final automatic qualifying runner. Ryan Hall won the race with a trials record time of 2:09:02.
A five-time track and cross country All-American at UNM (2001-05), Gonzales hadn't run a race longer than 10 miles prior to today's 26-mile event. The Santa Fe native was the fifth American finisher at the Twin Cities 10 Mile (48:41) in early October.
Gonzales will get another shot to qualify for the USA Olympic team this summer when the track event trials are held in Eugene, Ore.
The 26-year-old Gonzales continues to live in Albuquerque where he trains with current UNM volunteer coach Art Acevedo.