Gonzales Leads Lobo Men To First-Ever Trackwire Top-25 Ranking
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/05/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 5, 2005

UPDATE -- Senior Matt Gonzales' well-earned reputation as one of the premier distance runners in the nation propelled the University of New Mexico men's track team to its first-ever appearance in the Trackwire Top-25 power rankings, which were released this morning. New Mexico is tied for 24th with South Carolina and Texas A&M in the first rankings of the outdoor season, which project a score of 10 points for the Lobos at the 2005 NCAA Championship meet. Gonzales opened the spring ranked fourth in the country in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races on the Trackwire Dandy Dozen list.

The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA Championship meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. The projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top-12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.

Available online since the 1997 season, the Trackwire 25 has established itself as the most widely respected and reported ranking of Division I collegiate track and field teams. During the collegiate track season, weekly updates are available via email, and free registration is available at www.trackwire.com.

A two-time All-American in the 10,000 outdoors, Gonzales earned All-America laurels for the first time indoors with a fourth place finish in the 5,000 at last month's NCAA Championship meet in Fayetteville, Ark. The Santa Fe native qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in the 1,500 in his lone race of the outdoor season on March 26 at Stanford.

Gonzales will compete again in two weeks at the elite Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. This week, however, a group of 13 athletes will represent UNM at the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, which run from Thursday, April 7 - Saturday, April 9.

The April 5 Trackwire 25 for Men, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:

1. Arkansas, 85

2. Florida, 62

3. Arizona, 42

4. Arizona State, 32

5. Indiana, 31

6. LSU, 30

T7. Oregon, 26

T7. Texas, 26

9. Nebraska, 25

10. Wisconsin, 24

11. Boise State, 23

12. Stanford, 22

13. Michigan, 18

T14. Florida State, 17

T14. Mississippi State, 17

T16. Auburn, 16

T16. Virginia Tech, 16

T18. BYU, 15

T18. Texas Tech, 15

20. Colorado State, 14

T21. Oklahoma, 12

T21. Baylor, 12

T21. North Carolina, 12

T24. South Carolina, 10

T24. Texas A&M, 10

T24. New Mexico, 10

The April 5 Trackwire Men's Dandy Dozen:

5,000 Meters

1. Robert Cheseret, Arizona

2. Chris Solinsky, Wisconsin

3. Obed Mutanya, Arizona

4. Matt Gonzales, New Mexico

5. Matt Tegenkamp, Wisconsin

6. Josphat Boit, Arkansas

7. Brent Vaughn, Colorado

8. Josh McDougal, Liberty

9. Richard Kiplagat, Iona

10. Eric Logsdon, Oregon

11. Nef Araia, Stanford

12. Josh Rohatinsky, BYU

10,000 Meters

1. Josphat Boit, Arkansas

2. Peter Kosgei, Arkansas

3. Robert Cheseret, Arizona

4. Matt Gonzales, New Mexico

5. Mathew Chesang, Kansas

6. Simon Bairu, Wisconsin

7. Ryan Sheehan, St. Francis

8. Rod Koborsi, Georgetown

9. Tim Nelson, Wisconsin

10. Japeth Ng'Joy, UTEP

11. Jason Sandfort, Arkansas

12. Casey Burchill, Arizona State