COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of New Mexico senior Luke Caldwell has been named Mountain West Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for meets contested from Feb. 14-15. This is the third overall selection of his track career and his second indoors.
Caldwell, from Betchworth, England, raced to a time of 13 minutes, 42.50 seconds in the invitational section of the men’s 5,000-meter run at the Husky Classic in Seattle, finishing in third place overall.
He just missed his personal record of 13:40.39 (which is also the UNM and MW record) that he set at last year’s Husky Classic. Nonetheless, he now holds the top two times in school history, and two of the top three in MW history.
His time leads the Mountain West this season and ranks fifth in the nation. His time is also the fastest time over 5,000 meters of all United Kingdom runners this year.
This is the second indoor track and field athlete of the week recognition for Caldwell. He was selected as the conference’s co-athlete of the week on Feb. 12, 2013. The conference has also recognized him once outdoors in 2013 and three times in cross country from 2012-13.
Additionally, Caldwell's selection is the second for New Mexico this season. Charlotte Arter earned the honor Feb. 4 for her performance in the mile at the New Mexico Team Invitational.
Sna Diego State's Shanieka Thomas earned this week's honor on the women’s side.