New Mexico's Arter Named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (GoLobos.com) — University of New Mexico senior Charlotte Arter has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week, the organization announced Monday.

Arter, a 2013 cross-country All-American from Carlisle, England, won the University Division race at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday with a time of 16 minutes, 9.3 seconds. She led the No. 12 New Mexico women to a dominating team title, as the Lobos placed all five scorers in the top 20.

“She ran a very smart race,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said Friday. “That was a great run for Charlotte.”

After placing 10th at the same meet last fall, Arter won this year’s five-kilometer race (which was shortened by about 150 meters due to poor conditions) with a new meet record, besting the former Notre Dame Invitational standard of 16:21 set by North Carolina's Brie Feinagle in 2008.

Her time was also over eight seconds faster than the next finisher, Agnes Sjostrom of SMU, and is the fastest five-kilometer time in Mountain West by over 66 seconds.

It's the first time—and just the second in her three years as a Lobo—that Arter was New Mexico's top finisher. She led UNM at the Wisconsin Invitational last year.

Her award is also the first-ever national-level weekly award for a New Mexico cross-country runner in program history.

As a team, New Mexico earned a victory against No. 30 Penn State, the only ranked team in competition, as well as six other teams that were receiving votes in the most recent USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll.

Additionally, New Mexico won its first regular-season cross-country meet outside the state of New Mexico for either gender since 2003, when the UNM men won the Mountain West Conference Pre-Championship nearly 11 years to the day on Oct. 3, 2003.

Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan earned this week’s award on the men’s side.

The Lobos will return to action next weekend when they travel to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 17.