Moultrie, Caldwell Smash Records at Payton Jordan Invitational

April 28, 2013


STANFORD, Calif. — It must just be California.

For the third time in as many weekends, the Lobos have broken a record in California.

But this time, the University of New Mexico track and field team set two new school records at the Payton Jordan Invitational via two stellar runs by their aces, Josephine Moultrie and Luke Caldwell.

Prior to Sunday’s competition at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field, the Lobos’ Charlotte Arter nabbed a new UNM benchmark in the 1,500-meter run at the Stanford Invitational in late March and broke her own mark the Mt. SAC Relays last weekend.

However, this week belonged to Moultrie and Caldwell as the duo rewrote the record books in the 1500 and 5000, respectively.

Moultrie, a senior out of Glasgow, Scotland, clocked a dazzling time of 4 minutes, 14.44 seconds in the second heat of the women’s 1500 to win the section and take ninth overall. Moultrie also set a new personal record in conjunction with her new school record, upending her old lifetime best of 4:17.66 set in 2011.

Her time would have ranked fifth in the NCAA prior to this weekend’s competition.

For Caldwell, a junior from Betchworth, England, he clocked a scorching personal best of 13:29.94 to take 15th in the fastest and final section of the men’s 5000.

Caldwell also broke the old New Mexico record of 13:31.56 set in 2010 by Lee Emanuel with a clocking that shattered his old lifetime best of 13:40.39 set in February at the Husky Classic.

And while this weekend’s results will shift the rankings, Caldwell’s time would have led the nation prior to Sunday.

However, the rest of the Lobos also sported superlative times Sunday, as they claimed five more personal records.

The Lobo who had been doing work on the record books, Arter, continued trending upward as she obliterated her old lifetime best in the women’s 5000.

Arter ran a time of 16:20.57 in the 5K to place 14th in her heat and 35th overall, while also shaving nearly two minutes off of her previous best of 18:11.15 set in 2011. She moves up to sixth all-time in New Mexico history in the event.

Also in the 5K was Kendra Schaaf, who placed 12th in the third section with a time of 17:13.76.

New Mexico found another personal best in the 3000 steeplechase, as Imogen Ainsworth clocked a time of 10:27.13 to place fifth in her section and 24th overall. Ainsworth, whose previous best was 10:34.81, moves to second all-time in the steeplechase.

Chloe Anderson chipped in her own PR in the 1500, finishing in 4:24.40 to place second in her section and 24th overall. She climbs to ninth in New Mexico history in the metric mile.

The women received a final personal best in the field, as the lone field athlete at Stanford, Yeshemabet Turner, leaped 40-feet, 8 3/4-inches to take second in the triple jump.

Turner, who remains fifth in Lobo history in the event, also came within an inch of a new PR in the long jump, as well, where she finished second with a 19-8 1/4 mark.

On the men’s side, just two other athletes registered times, as Patrick Zacharias placed fourth in his section of the 5000 with a time of 14:06.68 and Elmar Engholm place 14th in his section of the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 9:09.98.

The Lobos, who also competed at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational on Friday and Saturday, get a scheduled week off before they travel to the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 8-11.