Matt Welch
Matt  Welch

RS Junior

Duluth, Minn.

High School:


Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.


Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

Student-athletes from the University of Minnesota honored for performance in classroom


Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

Student-athletes from the University of Minnesota honored for performance in classroom


Gophers Finish 19th at NCAAs

The Gophers totaled 464 points for the 10-kilometer course at E. P.


Gophers Advance to NCAA Championships

With a runner-up finish, Minnesota will send its full squad to the national championships for the first time since 2011.


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• 10 career races
• Two top-10 finishes 
• Letter winner (2015) 
• Academic All-Big Ten (2015)

Ran in six races for the Gophers including his Big Ten and NCAA debuts • started the campaign at the Bob Timmons Dual Classic with a ninth-place finish and a new personal record for a six-kilometer race of 19:34.9 as Minnesota won the team title • factored into the Gophers' team score at the Griak Invitational with a 29th-place showing and a time of 25:41.1 • ran 25:21.5 at the Pre-National Meet to finish 255th • recorded a new personal record for an eight-kilometer course in his debut at the Big Ten meet, clocking a 24:47.7 to finish 59th • ran 31:25.2 to finish 56th at the NCAA Midwest Regional as the Gophers posted a runner-up finish, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011 • finished 243rd at the NCAA Championships, clocking a 33:09.2 • Academic All-Big Ten • earned first letter 


Ran in four races for the Gophers and helped Minnesota pick up three team wins • made his collegiate debut at the UC Riverside Invitational and posted a then personal eight-kilometer record at the meet • clocked a 25:21.2 to finish 45th overall, helping Minnesota to a team title at the California race • finished 161st in the Griak Invitational with a time of 27:09.9 • came in 33rd at the Jim Drews Invitational with a time of 26:01.29 • placed second at the 2014 Fall Finale with a time of 25:25.

Redshirted the 2013 cross country season.

A 2012 graduate of Proctor High School • the 2012 Minnesota state cross country champion • a two-time first team all-state honoree • the 2012-13 Gatorade Minnesota Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year • also posted five top-10 performances at the state track & field meet for his career including a runner-up mark in the 3,200 meters as a junior and a runner-up mark in the 4x800 as a sophomore • holds the Proctor High School records for the 3,200 meters and the 4x800 • won a total of six conference titles in cross country and track & field • ran for head coach Lowell Harnell at Proctor • earned a total of 10 athletic letters as a prep (four in cross country, four in track, two in nordic sking)

Born on Dec. 4, 1994 • son Mark of and Jacqui Welch • has three brothers (Ben, Zach and Jake) • major is undecided.

Welch's Career Bests
10K 31:25.2 NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 13, 2015)
8K 24:47.7 Big Ten Championships (Nov. 1, 2015)
6K 19:34.9 Bill Timmons Dual Classic (Sept. 1, 2015)
Finish 2nd Fall Finale (Nov. 7, 2014)


‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff


A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.

Griak Feature: Martin Smith


Martin Smith is one of eight Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored at this year's meet.

Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals


Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

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