April 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At three meets, the Lobos came away with a new school record.
The University of New Mexico’s track and field team posted strong marks at three meets this weekend, as they shined at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational.
The Lobos notched over a dozen season and lifetime bests in their jaunt to Southern California, including a new UNM record via Charlotte Arter, who broke the standard in the 1500-meter run she set in late March.
Arter, competing at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., clocked a sizzling time of 4 minutes, 16.94 seconds to tighten her grip on the New Mexico record she set at the Stanford Invitational on March 29.
Arter, who placed 14th overall and sixth collegiately, would rank fourth in the NCAA prior to this weekend’s competition.
However, Arter wasn’t the only Lobo scorching the track at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College.
Josephine Moultrie, making her 2013 outdoor debut, raced to a strong time of 15:57.17 in her first lifetime 5000. She placed 21st overall (and 11th collegiately) in the elite invitational section, and moved up to fourth all-time in New Mexico history in the 5K.
Also competing in the 5K were Shawna Winnegar and Kirsten Follett. Winnegar took 13th in the A section with a personal-record time of 16:28.64, while Follett placed 19th in the B section with a 16:52.66 time.
The final runner at the Mt. SAC Relays, Chloe Anderson, also registered a quick time, as she just missed out on a personal record in the 800, finishing 2:08.78 to place 14th overall.
Kendall Spencer competed at Mt. SAC as well, finishing eighth in the long jump with a 24-foot, 2 1/4-inch mark.
In the second of three meets at which the Lobos participated in this weekend, the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific University, a trio of men clocked superlative times in the 1500.
Luke Caldwell, in his 2013 outdoor debut, zoomed to a personal record of 3:44.19 in the metric mile to take second overall, while Elmar Engholm finished close behind in sixth place with a 3:45.43 time. Alex Herring took 17th overall with a 3:49.02 time.
The final meet to which New Mexico traveled was the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.
While most of the mid-distance and distance standouts ran at Mt. SAC and the Bryan Clay Invitational, the Beach Invitational is where the rest of the Lobos competed on Saturday.
Headlining the New Mexico effort were the women’s sprinters, who produced a Lobo victory in the 4x400 meter relay.
Crewed by Zoe Howell, Jasmin McCray, Tawsha Brazley and Shirley Pitts, the 4x400 squad combined for a stellar time of 3:45.48 (which averages out to a split of 56.37) to claim the title. The foursome also recorded a season best for New Mexico and moved to sixth all-time at UNM.
Additionally, Fisher-Taylor notched a personal best in the 200 with a ninth-place time of 24.29. She nabbed 11th in the 100, as well, with a 12.04 time.
Pitts and Brazley also tallied season bests in the 400, with Pitts’ time of 55.21 taking third and Brazley’s time of 56.46 earning 12th.
Elsewhere on the track, Nicola Hood picked up fourth in her first 3000 steeplechase since 2011 as she finished with a 10:59.32 time.
A handful of women also posted solid marks in the field events, including Amber Menke taking seventh and Margo Tucker taking 11th in the pole vault with clearances of 12-10 1/2 and 12-4 1/2, respectively.
Marin Schweigert’s 5-4 1/2 mark in the high jump to tie for 10th and Samantha Bowe’s 17-11 1/4 mark in the long jump to tie for 15th were also of note.
On the men’s side, the sprinters had strong times with Thomas Trujillo and Derek Montoya both setting new personal records. Trujillo’s time of 10.65 was good for 11th, while Montoya posted a time of 10.88.
De’Vron Walker in the 110 hurdles also performed well, placing 12th with a 14.70 time.
A trio of distance runners also claimed solid marks, as Gabe Aragon (1:52.03) placed 10th in the 800, Pierre Malherbe (14:57.46) placed fourth in the open section of the 5K and Logan Rosenberg (15:09.47) placed 13th in the invitational section of the 5K.
Marcus Simon also set a new best in the javelin throw, tossing the spear 187-10 to take 10th.
Ty Kirk’s 11th-place leap of 47-2 1/2 in the triple jump rounded out the top-15 performers.
The Lobos will head back to the Golden State next weekend as they compete at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational and California’s Brutus Hamilton Invitational.