Matt Welch
Matt  Welch

RS Junior

Duluth, Minn.

High School:


Gophers Open Weekend in Madison

The Maroon & Gold finished 22nd among the talented field, totaling 540 points.


Welch Named B1G Athlete of the Week

This week’s Big Ten accolade marks the first career conference honor for Welch.


Welch, Ali Lead Gophers at Griak

Welch, a redshirt junior from Proctor, Minn., battled his way to a second-place finish at Les Bolstad Golf Course


Griak: Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition

The Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition is set to run at 12:20 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept 24 at Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Weekend Rewind: Matt Welch

Redshirt junior Matt Welch led the Maroon & Gold to a runner-up finish at the Oz Memorial last Friday as Welch placed fifth for his third career top-10 finish.


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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 Bob Timmons Dual Classic (Sept. 1, 2015)
Finish 2nd Fall Finale (Nov. 7, 2014)


On the Run with Hamza Ali

10/20/2016 caught up with one of the newest members of the Maroon & Gold as he kicks off his first year with the program.

Edelen Named to USATF Hall of Fame


Leonard "Buddy" Edelen became the first man to run a marathon faster than two hours and 15 minutes in 1963.

Gophers Open Weekend in Madison


The Maroon & Gold finished 22nd among the talented field, totaling 540 points.

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