Caldwell, Moultrie Break Records at Husky Classic

Feb. 9, 2013

SEATTLE -- Twice this year, New Mexico has competed in Seattle.

Twice, it rewrote the record books.

A handful of the University of New Mexico's top distance runners made the trip to the Husky Classic this weekend in Seattle and left with two new school records.

Luke Caldwell and Josephine Moultrie tallied a pair of new New Mexico records at Demsey Indoor, as 10 Lobos registered eight new career times over Friday and Saturday.

Caldwell, a junior from Betchworth, England, ran a 13-minute, 40.39-second time in the men's 5,000-meter invitational run to place sixth overall.

Running in his first 5000 in nearly two years, Caldwell lowered his previous lifetime best of 14:37.89 by nearly a minute.

He also snapped the Lobos' school standard in the event, a time of 13:43.20 set by Chris Barnicle at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.

He projects to rank sixth in the NCAA with his time, which puts him in solid contention for a top-16 rank needed for a national championship berth.

For Moultrie, she also broke a her second school record of the year in her second race of the year.

The Glasgow, Scotland, product raced to a 4:36.59 time in the women's invitational section of the mile, good for 11th place overall and ninth collegiately. Running versus an Olympian and a handful of All-Americans, Moultrie more than held her own, running to a new personal record.

Her new lifetime best also broke her own record in the women's mile, a 4:38.87 clocking set last March. She now holds the top three mile time in Lobo history and the school record in the 600, 800, mile and 3000.

Three weeks ago, on Jan. 26, she nipped the record in the 3000 at the UW Invitational in Seattle.

Elsewhere, the Lobos managed five more record-book times.

Kendra Schaaf posted a fifth-place time in the women's 5000, finishing in 16:21.71. Schaaf, who already ranks eighth all-time at UNM in the mile, debuted in the 5K records at fourth all-time.

Also in the 5000, Shawna Winnegar made a strong season debut, clocking a 16:47.37 time to place 23rd overall. Winnegar moves into eighth in New Mexico history in the event with her new lifetime-best clocking.

Rounding out the women runners were Imogen Ainsworth and Kirsten Follett in the mile run. Ainsworth finished 12th with a 4:54.19 time, while Follett placed 17th with a nearly identical 4:54.99 time.

On the men's side, Sam Evans tallied a new personal record in the invitational section of the mile, as he placed 18th overall - and as the 12th-best collegian - with a 4:02.49 time. He just nipped his old record of 4:03.44 set earlier in February.

In the men's 5000, Sean Stam zipped to a career-best time of 14:05.07 to place sixth, while Pierre Malherbe claimed his own personal record of 14:44.78 to place 60th.

Stam, shaving nearly four seconds off his previous best, climbed to seventh all-time at New Mexico.

Patrick Zacharias also competed, zooming to a 8:17.93 time in the 3000 to place 47th overall.

The Lobos will return home and take a week off to prepare for the Mountain West Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho, on Feb. 21-23.