SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of New Mexico track and field athletes Charlotte Arter and Chloe Anderson ran to top-three times and the men’s distance medley relay team claimed 12th place at the Alex Wilson Invitational Saturday.
The group of Lobos, looking to strengthen their credentials for the upcoming Albuquerque- and UNM-hosted NCAA Championships, ran to historically significant times at the Loftus Sports Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
But, despite the strong efforts, the Lobos’ times didn’t push them into the nation’s top-16 times, which is the cutoff for qualifying to the NCAA Championships next month.
“We did not get done what we tried to get done,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “Sometimes that happens. The goal now is to do everything possible for the university to bring two Mountain West championships back to Albuquerque.”
Arter and Anderson both made strong pushes for inclusion to the NCAAs, with Arter taking second place in 4 minutes, 39.88 seconds and Anderson placing third in 4:41.26
The duo were the top two collegians in the race, behind three-time NCAA Division II national champion Amanda Eccleston (time of 4:36.65), who was running unattached.
With her time, Arter now holds three of the top-seven mile times in New Mexico history, including the second-best time ever at UNM in 4:38.20.
Anderson also moved up in the record books, as she now sits third all-time at New Mexico.
Still, the pair are the outside looking in regarding the NCAA Championships. Prior to the week, Arter ranked 20th in the nation, right outside the top 16.
The time was good for 12th in the hotly contested race, and is the sixth-fastest time in school history.
However, the relay team is also on the bubble for the NCAAs, with their mark just inside the top 20 prior to this weekend.
The Lobos will return to action next weekend when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships.