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Gonzales Named MWC Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/05/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 5, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico junior Matt Gonzales was named Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week the league announced Tuesday afternoon. Gonzales picked up his second career Athlete of the Week award after his performance in the 10,000 meters at the elite Cardinal Invitational last Friday, April 30, in Stanford, Calif. The Santa Fe native is the first repeat honoree for the UNM men's team, which has had an athlete selected for the award six times in the five-year history of the league.

Gonzales ran the third-fastest collegiate 10K of the year on Friday night at Stanford, crossing the line with a time of 28:22.77. He improved on his personal-best and Mountain West Conference record time, which he set in a third place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championship meet, by over four seconds and was 37.23 seconds under the NCAA automatic qualifying time in his first 10,000-meter race of the season. Gonzales also earned a "B" qualifying time for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the second straight year and was just eight seconds off the automatic "A" standard for the event.

Gonzales earned his first career Athlete of the Week award last year on April 1 after clocking his first automatic qualifying time in the 10K at the Stanford Invitational. Senior decathlete Mark Johnson was the first Lobo honored by the league this season, picking up the award on April 7.

Gonzales and the rest of the UNM track & field team will take a break from competition this weekend before travelling to Las Vegas, Nev. for the 2004 MWC Outdoor Championships, May 12-15.

Thursday, April 17
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Mt. SAC Relays
Friday, April 18
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Bryan Clay Invitational
Saturday, April 19
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Long Beach State Invitational
Friday, April 25
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Brutus Hamilton Invitational
Friday, May 02
All Day - 
Track & Field
vs. Don Kirby Tailwind Open
Sunday, May 04
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Payton Jordan Invitational
Thursday, May 08
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Air Force Twilight Invitational
Wednesday, May 14
All Day - 
Track & Field
at Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships
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