ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Six University of New Mexico track and field alumni wrapped up competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland, with Jarrin Solomon leading the group with at Hampden Park.
Solomon, a 2009 UNM graduate and La Cueva High School alumnus, placed third in the 4x400 meter relay and sixth in the 400-meter run, pacing the contingent of former Lobos that included 2014 graduates Luke Caldwell and Adam Bitchell alongside David Bishop, Lee Emanuel and Keith Gerrard.
Solomon, an Albuquerque native and Olympic bronze medalist, duplicated his success from the 2012 London Olympics with a third-place performance in the 4x400 relay for Trinidad and Tobago.
Son of Lobo graduate and Trinidad and Tobago native Michael Solomon, the younger Solomon has shined on the international stage, especially in the relays.
At the Commonwealth Games, the team of Solomon, Lalonde Gordon, Renny Quow and Zwede Hewitt clocked a time of 3 minutes, 1.51 seconds in the event, just behind England (3:00.46) and the Bahamas (3:00.51).
Solomon also shined in the open 400, racing to sixth place via a time of 45.82 seconds. After winning his opening round heat in 45.69 and placing second in the semifinals, Solomon was one of three Trinidadians to make the finals along with Gordon (third place) and Quow (did not finish).
The Lobos had additional graduates register strong results over the week-long competition.
Caldwell and Bitchell, teammates and roommates while at UNM, finished back-to-back in the 10,000 on Friday. Caldwell, racing for host Scotland, placed 14th with a time of 28:47.39, while Bitchell, running for Wales, took 15th with a time of 28:47.94.
Both set personal records in the event.
Also running the 10,000 was Gerrard, whose time of 29:46.85 placed 22nd for the Isle of Man.
Caldwell also raced the 5,000, earning 13th with a time of 13:43.75. That was the third-fastest 5K time outdoors in his career.
Bishop and Emanuel rounded out the former Lobos competing, as they ran the 1,500.
Bishop, running for Scotland, took eighth in his preliminary-round heat with a time of 3:43.10 as Emanuel, competing for England, finished 11th in his separate preliminary heat with a time of 3:46.29.