April 1, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former University of New Mexico distance standout Matt Gonzales has been named to the Mountain West Conference 10th Anniversary Men's Outdoor Track & Field Team. Gonzales earned All-America honors in the 10,000 meters at the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and won the 2004 MWC 5,000m title.
Gonzales was the first national track star under former head coach Matt Henry and helped spark the resurrection of the UNM men's program. The Santa Fe, N.M. product snapped a 12-year All-America drought for the Lobos with his third place finish in the 10K at the 2003 NCAA Championships. He went on to finish fourth in the event the following year to become New Mexico's first two-time All-American in the 10,000.
Gonzales still holds the UNM outdoor record in the 5,000 (13:35.59) and ranks fourth all-time at New Mexico in the 10,000 (28:17.46).
He also became the program's first NCAA regional champion with his stunning victory in the 1,500m at the 2003 NCAA Midwest Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The 5-5 Gonzales ran the fastest time of the day in the prelims and came back to shock the field again with a time of 3:42.83 that remains sixth on the UNM all-time list.
He won his lone MWC track title in 2004, cruising to the gold medal in the 5,000 in Las Vegas.
Gonzales was also named to the MWC 10th Anniversary Cross Country Team during the fall.
The 10th Anniversary Team is selected by a panel of media, institutional, and conference personnel, and an online fan poll. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have won an individual title at the Mountain West Conference Championship and/or attained All-American status at least once in their careers.