SEATTLE — Luke Caldwell emerged as a potential postseason player in the 5000-meter run Friday, as a handful of the University of New Mexico's top distance runners traveled to the Husky Classic this weekend in Seattle.
Caldwell raced to a time of 13:42.50 in the invitational section of the men’s 5000 at Dempsey Indoor, finishing in third place overall. He just missed his personal record (and the school record) of 13:40.39 he set at last year’s Husky Classic.
Nonetheless, Caldwell climbed to the top-10 in the NCAA, placing him well within contention to qualify to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque next month.
Patrick Zacharias also ran in the invitational section of the 5000, finishing in 14:12.55. He placed 20th in the competitive race, and came close to equalling his personal record of 14:09.85 set in December.
Sean Stam rounded out the Lobos in the 5K, as he finished 24th overall in the open section of the 5000. His 14:27.70 time was good enough to earn him 18th in his heat, which was one of four.
The final UNM result for the men came from Adam Bitchell, who set a new personal record in the 3000 at 8:00.86. He took 11th place in the invitational section, and moved to fourth in school history in the event.
Arter, second all-time at UNM, finished a few seconds off of her career best of 4:38.20, clocking a 17th-place time of 4:42.74. Anderson finished 20th in 4:44.01, a new personal record.
Arter’s time the sixth-fastest time in school history, while Anderson is now the fourth-fastest Lobo in the mile all-time.
The Lobos are off next weekend as they prepare for the Mountain West Indoor Championships Feb. 27-March 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo.