Matt Gonzales

Matt Gonzales

Player Profile


Santa Fe, N.M.

Last College:
New Mexico Highlands






Three-time cross country All-American and an All-America honoree in the 10,000 meters the past two years on the track...has established himself as the top American-born collegiate long distance runner and will likely emerge as one of the United States' top professional prospects next summer...placed sixth in the 5,000-meter finals at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials...was 11th in the 10,000 at the USA Championships in 2003 and finished 13th out of 112 runners at the 2004 USA Cross Country Championships...2004 NCAA Cross Country runner-up and just the second two-time XC All-American in Lobo history...Mountain West Conference record-holder in the 5,000 and 10,000 outdoors...fourth-ranked 1,500 runner in league history...owns UNM outdoor 5K record and has just missed records in the 1,500 and 10K...three-time first team all-MWC in cross country and a five-time honoree on the track as well...competed at the cross country national championships all four years of his career, including the Division II meet as a true freshman at New Mexico Highlands University...New Mexico team leader who enters the spring with strong national title aspirations...has been a proud representative of Matt Henry's UNM program at some of the premier meets in the country over the past two years.

2004: (cross country) Led New Mexico to the perhaps the greatest season in school history, capped by a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championship meet...ran with the lead pack for much of the race, before slipping to third with about 300 meters to go...made a final surge though, pushing past Arkansas' Joseph Boit and finishing just 3.2 seconds behind the winner, Simon Bairu of Wisconsin...national meet marked the first time he was defeated by an opposing runner all season...coasted to a pair of second place finishes behind teammate Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott in the Lobo Invite and MWC Championship, but won the elite Pre-Nationals race and was the NCAA Mountain Region Champion...clocked a season-best 8K time of 23:47.2 in his Pre-Nationals victory and completed the Mountain Region 10K course in 29:45.

2003-04: (outdoor) Continued to add to his legacy with another sensational season...became the first Lobo in 13 years to earn All-America honors in back-to-back years with a fourth place finish (29:58.05) in the 10K...was the top-seeded runner in the race, entering the meet with a career-best time of 28:22.77 that he recorded at the Cardinal Invitational...made his biggest splash at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento when he won his preliminary heat of the 5,000 in dramatic fashion in front of a packed stadium and live national television audience...finished sixth in the finals four days later, clocking a time of 13:41.25...opted not to compete in the 5,000 at the NCAA Regionals and instead joined the professional field at the U.S. Open...went on to shatter the 18-year-old school record at the meet, finishing 8th with a time of 13:35.59...also cruised to a championships record time of 14:12.59 to win the MWC 5K title, which was surprisingly his first league crown...later placed fourth in the 1,500 finals with a time of 3:50.91...was the MWC's top-ranked runner in both the 5K and 10K. (indoor) Was the Lobos' top-ranked competitor in the 800, mile and 3,000...missed his first indoor title by 0.07 seconds, finishing second in the mile to BYU's Nathan Robison, with a provisional qualifying time of 4:04.88 at the MWC Championships...also placed fifth in the 3,000 (8:22.39) and helped UNM finish a close second to BYU in the distance medley relay...ran the anchor leg as the team set the school record with a time of 9:57.38...swept the 800 and mile races at NAU to open the season...(cross country) Redshirt season.

2002-03: (outdoor) Established himself as one of the most dominating distance runners to come through UNM in over a decade, bursting onto the national stage during the spring...led briefly, before finishing third in the 10,000 at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships in Sacramento, Calif....clocked a career-best time of 28:26.88 in his national meet debut...never ran out of the lead pack and defeated the defending 10K champion, Boaz Cheboiywo (10th) of Eastern Michigan...went on to compete in another 10K, just one week later, at the USA Track & Field Championships, where he finished 11th...became the first Lobo to earn All-America laurels on the track since 1996, and the first man to do so since 1991...automatic NCAA Championship qualifier in both the 1,500 and 10,000...owned the fastest times in the MWC in both the 5,000 and 10,000, and was No. 2 in the 1,500...was a regional qualifier in both the 1,500 and 5,000, where he was ranked fourth in the division...clocked a career-best and MWC record-setting 10K time of 28:38.64 in his season-opener at Stanford, earning MWC Athlete of the Week honors in the process...time was 22 seconds below the NCAA automatic qualifying mark and nearly 2 seconds below the automatic standard for the USA national meet...swept the 1,500 in stunning fashion at the NCAA Midwest Regionals...clocked the top preliminary time of 3:47.75 before recording the fastest regional championship time in the country, crossing the line in 3:42.83...time was just 0.29 seconds off the UNM record...missed the UNM school record by nine seconds with career-best 5K time of 13:48.63 at Mt. SAC Relays...six top-three finishes on the season, including all-MWC honors as the runner-up in the 5,000 at the conference meet and 1,500 victories at LSU and the Midwest Regionals. (indoor) All-MWC honoree in the 3,000 meters...finished third with a time of 8:21.37, just two seconds out of first place...owned the team's fastest 3K time of the year, clocking a personal-best 8:18.35 en route to a victory at the Husker Invite...won two 3K races and finished second once...was never lower than third in four meets. (cross country) Led UNM in the Pre-National Invitational (19th) and NCAA Mountain Region Championship (8th)...notched five top-10 finishes and owned three of the Lobos' top-10 8K times...personal-best 8K time of 23:55 was the second-fastest on the team and No. 3 in the MWC this fall...painful bout of Achilles tendonitis limited him over the last month of the season...was also tripped up early in the NCAA Championship race, causing him to fall to 156th.

2001-02: (outdoor) Came on at midseason, establishing himself as one of the top 5,000m runner in the MWC...recorded the league's fastest time (14:08.55) in his fourth place finish at the Mt. SAC Relays...just missed the NCAA provisional qualifying time by a couple seconds...finished fourth at the MWC Championships in his only 10,000m competition of the season...finished second in the 1,500 at the Lobo Open...(indoor) Member of the Lobos' school record-setting indoor distance medley relay team...won the mile at the Wolfpack Invitational in a season-best time of 4:17.13...(cross country) Capped a stellar UNM debut by earning Division I All-American honors with his 30th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships...became the first Lobo cross country All-American since Ibrahim Kivina in 1982 and led all MWC runners at the national meet...automatically qualified for national championship after finishing eighth at the NCAA Mountain Regionals...garnered first-team all-MWC honors as the runner-up at the conference championships...recorded the team's fastest 8K time and notched five top-10 finishes...named MWC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week after winning the ASU Invitational on Oct. 5.


Competed in cross country for head coach Bob Deries...earned Division II All-American honors with his 37th-place finish at the 2000 NCAA championships.


Lettered in track and cross country at Santa Fe (N.M.) High School under head coach Peter Graham...2000 Athlete of the Year at SFHS...cross country and track MVP.


Born on Oct. 19, 1981 in Santa Fe, N.M...age is 23...son of Ernest and Rita Gonzales...Matt created a special award, which he presented to the men's winner of the 2003 Lobo Invitational cross country meet, in memory of his father Ernest, who passed away in the summer of 2003...has two brothers, Bryan (33) and Stephen (27)...major is University Studies.


1,500: 3:42.83, 5,000: 13:35.59, 10,000: 28:22.77


Mile: 4:04.88, 3,000: 8:18.35