Moultrie Places Fifth with Record-Breaking 3K at Washington

Jan. 26, 2013

SEATTLE — Turquoise is no longer a school color, but Josephine Moultrie doesn't mind.

For her, turquoise is quickly becoming a lucky color, even if it's only on her uniform.

"When [UNM head coach Joe Franklin] told me to the start the week that I could wear my turquoise, I was like 'okay' because I had my best races in the cross-country season in my turquoise," she said.

Moultrie, a senior on the University of New Mexico track and field team, placed fifth overall and third collegiately in the women's 3,000-meter run at the UW Invitational in Seattle on Saturday.

Moultrie clocked a career-best time of 9:06.35 in the invitational section of the 3K at Demspey Indoor, besting the old school record with a time that unofficially ranks third in the NCAA.

"I'm really happy," Moultrie said. "I haven't run a 3K in over three years so I was bit cautious about what to expect against a really strong collegiate field."

"I was really happy in that field to finish third collegiate."

Moultrie's time rewrote records, as she shattered New Mexico's standard in the event, an altitude-converted time of 9:17.09 ran by Ruth Senior in 2011. The Glasgow, Scotland, product now owns the UNM records in the indoor 600, 800, mile and 3000, all set within the past calendar year and all very important to her.

"[Breaking records] does mean something to me," she said. "I find that, having watched the last few home meets, that I'm a bit scared people want to go out and break my records."

She also lowered her personal record in the 3000 by over half a minute. Her old PR, registered in 2010, was 9:39.8.

But her competition in the 3K was the most important part for Moultrie.  

With eight All-Americans entered in a section of 14 runners, Moultrie's heat shaped up like an NCAA-caliber race.

"Seeing all the big names from all the big track races and cross-country races was something I was happy with," she said.

Four of the All-Americans—Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth, Aliphin Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State, and Oregon duo Jordan Hasay and Alexi Pappas—finished in the top eight at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Champions.

Moultrie, however, also earned All-American status in cross country and was selected as an Indoor All-American in 2012.

Three of those cross-country standouts finished right around Moultrie on Saturday, as D'Agostino placed third with an 8:55.41 time, Hasay fourth with an 8:57.46 time and Tuliamuk-Bolton sixth with a 9:07.21 time.

That group, including Moultrie, constituted the top collegiate finishers.

"It was an amazing run against the best in the country," Franklin said via text message.

Representing Adidas, former University of North Carolina runner Brie Felnagle won the event in 8:54.74, while Yale University alumna Kate Grace took runner-up honors for Oiselle with an 8:55.06 mark.

For Moultrie, her next action will likely be in two week in Seattle at the Husky Classic on Feb. 8-9, where she will look to continue her stellar pace.