July 13, 2013
TAMPERE, Finland — University of New Mexico senior Luke Caldwell took fifth in the men's 5000-meter run Saturday at the 9th European Athletics U23 Championships in Tampere, Finland, while sophomore Elmar Engholm placed 17th in the preliminaries of the men's 1500.
With a number of championships taking place across the globe in the world of track and field, a pair of Lobo standouts represented New Mexico well versus Europe's best athletics talents under the age of 23.
Caldwell, hailing from Betchworth, England, raced to a time of 14 minutes, 23.74 seconds at Tampere Stadium, finishing fifth out of 15 runners. He finished just seconds behind winner Henrik Ingebrigtsen of Norway and his time of 14:19.39.
A three-time All-American for New Mexico in 2012-13, Caldwell entered competition with the fastest season-best time—13:29.94—among the competitors. That time, which also serves as his personal best and the UNM record, was the only season best among the 5K runners under 13:30.
And while he couldn't match his personal best, Caldwell showed well against some of the continent's top distance talents, racing to his sixth sub-14:30 time in the 5000 in 2013. Prior to coming to UNM in last August, Caldwell's personal record in the 5000 was 14:37.89.
Earlier on Saturday, Engholm ran to a time of 3:47.11 in the preliminary round of the men's 1500, finishing ninth in his heat and 17th overall. He missed out on advancing to tomorrow's finals by less than four seconds.
Engholm, out of Stockholm, came into competition with a season best of 3:45.43, and owns a personal record of 3:44.33.
Ireland's Paul Robinson won the second heat in 3:44.73, while the top time overall, 3:42.88, belonged to Belgium's Pieter-Jan Hannes.