NCAA Indoor Championship Field Set; Four Lobos Primed to Compete
March 4, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — Four University of New Mexico track and field athletes have declared to compete at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced Monday.
For the men, Luke Caldwell, Floyd Ross and Kendall Spencer had their names called to compete at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 8-9, while Josephine Moultrie was chosen on the women's side.
"I'm excited," New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. "We got in who we thought we would get in. ... To go to the NCAA Championships with four people is quite an accomplishment."
Caldwell, a product of Betchworth, England, heads to the national championships with the New Mexico record in the 5,000-meter run set a month ago at the Husky Classic. His time, a 13:40.39 clocking, also leads the Mountain West and ranks eighth in the nation, well within the selection criterion of top 16 in the NCAA.
Moultrie also sported an NCAA-worthy time, and is slated to be the first woman in UNM history to compete at the national championships in the 3000. The Glasgow, Scotland native enters with the nation's ninth-best 3K time of 9:06.35.
Like Caldwell, Moultrie owns the school record in the 3000. Additionally, she ranks second in the MW behind three-time All-American Michaela Mannova of BYU.
Ross is the third Lobo tabbed to compete at the NCAAs. He will be the first New Mexico athlete to compete in the indoor triple jump at back-to-back national meets. After leaping 52 feet, 4 3/4 inches last weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational, the Memphis, Tenn., product ranks 12th in the nation.
He also sits second all-time at New Mexico in the triple jump behind Dwayne Rudd, who finished third in the triple jump at the 1984 NCAAs. Ross' mark ranks fourth in MW history.
The final New Mexico athlete to secure a spot was Spencer, the reigning NCAA champion in the indoor long jump. Spencer's 25-1 1/4 mark in the long jump ranked 17th in the nation, just outside of contention.
Nonetheless, based off of the list of athletes who declared for the championships, Spencer made his way into the field as the last accepted seed.
With the four athletes accepting bids for the NCAAs, the Lobos are sending four or more athletes to the indoor championships for the fifth consecutive year, extending the longest streak in program history. The indoor high is eight, reached in 1978 and 2009.
Live results will be available on RecordTiming.com and the meet will be streamed live on ESPN3 on March 8 from 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ET and March 9 from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 17 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.