Lobos Distance Runners Looking to Break Records in Seattle

Feb. 7, 2013

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SEATTLE — The last time a Lobo went to Seattle, a new school record was set.

This weekend, New Mexico is aiming to make that a trend.

The University of New Mexico's distance runners are breaking off from the main track and field team as they travel to the Husky Classic in Seattle this Friday and Saturday.

With just this meet remaining prior to the conference championships in a little over two weeks, 11 of the Lobos' best distance runners are looking for new personal—and perhaps school—records at Demsey Indoor this weekend.

“They're all very fit,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “A lot of people will be near lifetime-best performances.”

Led by Josephine Moultrie on the women's side and Adam Bitchell on the men's side, the 2013 New Mexico harriers are off to a strong start.

Moultrie set a new school record in the 3000-meter run at the UW Invitational in Seattle two weeks ago, leading the Mountain West and ranking fourth in the nation with that run.

She took home a Mountain West Women's Indoor Athlete of the Week award after that performance, and will run in the mile this weekend.

Other Lobos competing this weekend include Kendra Schaaf, who ran to a team-leading time in the 800 last weekend at the New Mexico Classic, and the duo of Imogen Ainsworth and Kirsten Follett, who together rank top-five in the MW in the women's mile.

Shawna Winnegar will make her season debut this weekend, as well.

On the men's side, the mile has been the highlight of 2013, as three Lobos lead the conference in the event. Along with Bitchell's time of 3 minutes, 59.83 seconds which ranks 14th in the nation, New Mexico also has Sam Evans and Luke Caldwell with sub-4:05 times.

Other Lobos competing include Patrick Zacharias, Sean Stam and Pierre Malherbe. All three have made solid season debuts, and will look to improve their standings nationally in Seattle.

Last year, Moultrie and Ross Millington both broke school records, with Millington earning an NCAA Championship berth in the process.