Lobos' Distance Runners Nab Personal Bests, Strong Times at Stanford
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/05/2014

STANFORD, Calif. ó The Lobos went to Stanford to get back into the swing of things.

They came out with some new personal records.

The University of New Mexico’s track and field team received a number of career bests and record-book times at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday as the Lobos’ distance runners opened their outdoor season.

Adam Bitchell and Sammy Silva both set personal records and entered the New Mexico record books to pace some of New Mexico’s top distance and middle-distance runners at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Bitchell and Patrick Zacharias led the charge for the men, as both claimed superlative times in the men’s 10,000-meter run Friday. Bitchell, competing in his first ever 10K, finished in 28 minutes, 50.43 seconds to place 18th overall.

Zacharias, in his second collegiate 10K, claimed 30th overall in a personal-record time of 29:02.15.

With nearly 80 runners entered in two sections of the 10K, both managed to put themselves in the conversation for the postseason, which starts with the NCAA West Preliminary Championship in late May.

Additionally, Bitchell climbed in the the UNM record books via his performance, as he now sits ninth all-time. Zacharias is right outside the top 10 at 11th all-time.

The men registered more solid marks, including strong efforts in the 1,500.

Jake Shelley placed eighth in his section with a personal-best mark of 3:45.74, while Ross Matheson won his section with a time of 3:47.77.

Elmar Engholm finished ninth overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:50.35) and Gabe Aragon was 12th overall in the 800 (1:50.82) to round out the men’s performances.

The women also received strong times, with the trio of Silva, Charlotte Arter and Chloe Anderson entered in the 800 and the 1,500.

In the 1,500, Arter raced to fifth-place clocking of 4:19.46, with Anderson’s time of 4:23.11 taking 15th overall and Silva’s personal-record time of 4:23.47 placing 19th overall.

Silva, who placed third in her section, moved to 10th all-time at UNM in the metric mile. Arter and Anderson are second and third, respectively, in UNM history.

Silva added another career best Saturday, when she tallied a 28th-place time of 2:10.58 in the 800. Anderson claimed 24th place in 2:09.93, while Arter earned 35th place in 2:11.35.

The Lobos’ distance runners will compete again in the coming weeks, while the bulk of the team will head to the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., next weekend.