COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of New Mexico track and field athlete Luke Caldwell earned his second straight selection as the Mountain West Men's Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday.
Caldwell paced the Lobos at the conference and national championships this indoor track and field season, finishing with an All-American performance at the UNM- and Albuquerque-hosted NCAA Championships last weekend.
The senior from Betchworth, England, placed sixth in the men's 5,000-meter run last week at the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, crossing the line in a school- and conference-record time of 13 minutes, 34.54 seconds.
He owns the three fastest 5,000-meter times in New Mexico history.
For his performance at the indoor national championships, he was accorded the honor of First-Team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
He has earned five All-American nods between track and cross-country, which makes him one of just four Mountain West athletes with at least five All-American selections.
Caldwell also won two events at the 2014 MW Indoor Championships in February, leading the New Mexico men to their second straight MW team title in program history.
He claimed the conference titles in the 3000 and 5000, running to times of 8:12.35 (a MW Indoor Championship record) and 14:37.42, respectively. He is the only athlete to win both the 3000 and the 5000 at back-to-back MW championships.
This is the third consecutive year a Lobo has been named MW Student-Athlete of the Year, with Caldwell taking home his second selection in a row.
Overall, this the fifth such honor for UNM. 2012 NCAA indoor long jump championKendall Spencer was selected last year, while two-time NCAA mile champion Lee Emanuel earned in in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010.
Caldwell and Emanuel are the only two MW athletes to earn consecutive recognitions.
The Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the outstanding male and female athletes in the sport of indoor track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution.Utah State junior Chari Hawkins earned the honor for the women.