at NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round
at NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships
2014 Indoors: Ran at five meets for the Lobos, advancing to the UNM- and Albuquerque-hosted NCAA Championships in March 2014 … Opened at the Hoosier Open in December 2013, placing second in the 5000 with a time of 13:44.70 … Ran to a time of 8:00.86 at the Husky Classic, placing 11th, before scoring in the mile (fourth place), the 3000 (third) and the 5000 (second) at the Mountain West Indoor Championships … Advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 5000, barely missing an All-American plaudit with his ninth-place finish of 13:47.87*.
2014 Outdoors: Competed at six meets, including the NCAA Championships … First action was in the 10000 at the Stanford Invitational, where he placed 18th with a time of 28:50.43 … Took sixth in his section at the Payton Jordan Invitational with time of 13:54.48 … Captured runner-up honors in the 5000 and the 10000 at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships, with times of 14:01.88* and 29:40.33*, respectively … Raced in both long-distance events at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, seizing an NCAA bid in the 10000 via his 11th-place finish … At the NCAA Championships, clocked a time of 29:16.79 to place 10th.
2013 Indoors: Competed once, finishing third in the mile at the New Mexico Invitational with a 3:59.83* clocking.
2013 Outdoors: Competed once outdoors due to injury, placing 10th in the 1500 at the Mountain West Championships with a 3:55.91 time.
Transfer from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff ... Finished 4th at the British Universities & CollegesSport (BUCS) Cross Country Championships ... Took runner-up honors in the 5K at the 2012 BUCS Championships ... Has then-career bests of 3:43.71 in the 1500; 8:05.16 in the 3K; 13:57.61 in the 5K; and 31:10 in the 10K.
Son of Colin and Beverley Bitchell ... Has one sister, Leah ... Hobbies include watching Arsenal F.C ... Has an Arsenal tattoo on his right arm.
800 meters: 1:54.05
TRACK & FIELD HONORS
• USTFCCCA Second Team Indoor All-American, 2014
* indicates a performance that has been adjusted based on the NCAA altitude conversion protocol