COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Mountain West has named University of New Mexico senior Luke Caldwell as Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track & Field Co-Athlete of the Week for meets contested from April 17-20. This is the fourth overall selection of his track career and his second outdoors.
Caldwell, hailing from Betchworth, England, clocked a time of 13 minutes, 33.28 seconds in the invitational section of the men's 5,000-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing third in his outdoor debut.
In a race featuring multiple collegiate All-Americans and professional runners, Caldwell came within four seconds of setting a new personal (and New Mexico) record in the 5K.
Nonetheless, he finished with the second-fastest 5K time of his life, and also owns two of three-fastest times over 5 kilometers in New Mexico history. Additionally, he has run two of the four-fastest 5K times in MW history.
Currently, he leads the MW by a margin of nearly 24 seconds, and is third in the entire nation.
This is the second outdoor track & field athlete of the week recognition for Caldwell in his career. He was selected as the conference’s athlete of the week on April 30, 2013 when he set the school record in the 5,000 at 13:29.94 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
The conference has also recognized him twice indoors and three times in cross country during his two years at UNM.
Caldwell shared the men’s honor with Wyoming’s Mason Finley, while Boise State’s Emma Bates earned the honor on the women’s side.