UNMís Metric Milers Dazzle as Lobos Cruise at Payton Jordan Invite
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/04/2014

STANFORD, Calif. — The Lobos went to Stanford looking for improvement heading into the postseason.

They came back with their improvement and added some new personal records.

The University of New Mexico’s track and field team received strong performances from its top distances runners at the Payton Jordan Invitational Sunday, including outstanding races from its 1,500-meter runners.

The Lobos’ metric milers claimed a bevy of personal and seasonal bests at Cobb Track and Angell Field, while also gaining ground in the national rankings with the the postseason starting in late May with the NCAA West Preliminary Championship.

Headlining New Mexico’s effort were the women’s 1,500-meter runners, led by a pair of section victories from Sammy Silva and Amber Zimmerman.

Silva, competing in the fifth of six sections of the event, raced to a personal-record time of 4 minutes, 21.41 seconds, winning her section and moving her to sixth in New Mexico history in the event.

Zimmerman, running in the sixth section, notched a new personal record of her own, parlaying her 4:23.43 time to a victory.

However, the Lobos had their talent spread throughout the sections of the event, with Charlotte Arter’s season-best time of 4:18.56 taking sixth overall in the third (and higher-seeded) section.

Alongside Silva in section five, Calli Thackery posted a fourth-place time of 4:23.06, good for a new personal best and eighth in UNM history. Tamara Armoush, running with Zimmerman in section six, snapped up a PR, too, finishing fourth overall in 4:24.31.

The men added some superb races, as well, including a bell-lap rally by Peter Callahan to win section three of the men’s 1,500. Callahan finished with a winning time of 3:42.62, setting a new personal best and climbing to seventh all-time at UNM in the process.

In the fourth section of the men’s metric mile, Ross Matheson and Alex Cornwell also posted solid showings, with Matheson taking third overall (and first collegiately) in 3:43.55 and Cornwell placing fifth overall (and second collegiately) in 3:45.07.

The 5,000 also yield strong times for the Lobos, with Heleene Tambet setting a new personal record on the women’s side and the men’s duo of Adam Bitchell and Patrick Zacharias racing to solid times.

Tambet clocked a time of 16:53.41 in the third section of the 5K, taking 23rd place in her section with the 14th-best collegiate time.

Bitchell’s time of 13:54.48 was sixth overall (fourth collegiately) in the third section of the men’s 5,000, with Zacharias’ time of 14:08.04 placing fifth in the fourth section.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, both New Mexico athletes nabbed new personal record, as well.

Nicole Roberts jumped into the UNM record books with a time of 10:30.52, setting a new personal best and moving to fourth in New Mexico history. She placed 10th overall as the eighth-place collegian in her section.

Graham Thomas registered his own PR on the men’s side, tallying a time of 9:07.59 to place eighth overall (fourth collegiately) in his section.

Chloe Anderson and Luke Caldwell rounded out the Lobos competing, as Anderson bolted to a season-best time of 2:08.86 in the 800 to place ninth overall in her section and Caldwell posted a lifetime-best time of 28:59.63 in the 10,000 to place 22nd in the top-seeded section of the event.

The Lobos’ harriers will take a week off before they travel to the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in Laramie, Wyo., May 14-17.