June 6, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. — The University of New Mexico track and field team wrapped up their first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships with strong, if not qualifying, times in the women’s 1500-meter run.
Charlotte Arter, Chloe Anderson and Josephine Moultrie registered valiant performances in the metric mile at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., but were unable to nab the requisite finishes to advance to Saturday’s final round.
Arter and Anderson, both running in the first of two heats, battled a tightly raced section before placing eighth and ninth, respectively, in their heat.
“Chloe with another personal record,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “She ran great. Charlotte made a big move going into the last lap and then faded. But she ran aggressive.”
Both clocked very fast times, as Arter raced to a time of 4 minutes, 19.27 seconds and Anderson set a new personal record with a time of 4:19.82. Arter placed 14th overall out of 24 competitors, while Anderson was right behind at 15th.
But, since the top five finishers in each heat plus the next two fastest times make the 12-athlete final, Arter and Anderson were seconds off of advancing to the finals.
Nonetheless, Anderson climbs to third all-time at New Mexico with her new personal best, behind Arter (second) and the third Lobo competitor in the 1500, Josephine Moultrie.
Moultrie, however, couldn’t rival her school-record time as she dealt with allergies and illness en route to finishing 24th with a time of 4:31.86.
Moultrie, whose personal record is over 15 seconds faster (4:14.44), was right in the thick of the race through 700 meters, before falling back through the second half of the race.
With all three women competitors not moving on to the finals, this marks the first time since 2007 (and the first time under Franklin) that the UNM women’s track and field team will not have a competitor in an event's final round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
But, on the men’s side, they’ll kick off action tomorrow as Django Lovett competes in the high jump at 4:20 p.m. MT.