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Internationals lead UNM

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Six University of New Mexico athletes are on the sacred track and field grounds of Eugene, Ore., this week, competing in the NCAA Championships. They are:

Josephine Moultrie

1,500-meter semifinals today

Seeded time: 4:19.03 (17th out of 24 entrants; top seeded time is 4:13.73).

The senior from Glasgow, Scotland, struggled during the outdoor season last year, UNM coach Joe Franklin said. “But her improvement has been significant.”

In 2012, Moultrie, who is majoring in sports engineering, had a personal record 4:27.54.

Charlotte a rter

1,500-meter semifinals today

Seeded time: 4:20.04 (22nd of 24)

Arter redshirted the indoor season after what Franklin calls a very good cross-country season.

“She keeps getting better and better,” Franklin said of the junior from Carlisle, England, who skis and plays hockey. “She goes into the meet probably seeded 12th or 14th based on her lifetime best (4:18.75).”

Chloe Anderson

1,500-meter semifinals today

Seeded time: 4:20.64 (24th of 24).

Anderson improved her personal best by an astonishing 17 seconds this outdoor season, Franklin said of the junior from Cullompton, England.

“There was a period, other than the conference championships, which is more tactical, when she set a personal best in every race,” Franklin said of Anderson, who is also a surfer. “She’s on the outside looking in, but I wouldn’t put it past her (to score).”

Django l ovett

High jump, Friday

Seeded jump: 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch; 14th out of 24; top-seeded jump 2.17m)

The business major from Surrey, British Columbia, will be going into “probably one of the best high jump competitions in the world,” Franklin said.

Lovett’s personal best outdoor jump is 7-1 3/4 (2.18m) set at last year’s Mountain West Conference meet. Indiana’s Derek Drouin and Kansas State’s Erik Kynard both jumped 7-8 3/4 at the Steve Prefontaine meet last week.

“He’s got to be clean through his jump,” Franklin said of Lovett. “But, he’s jumping the best he’s jumped all year.”

Floyd R oss

Triple jump, Saturday

Seeded jump: 16.05 meters (52-8, 3rd of 24; top seeded jump 16.15m)

Ross is trying to score in his fourth national championship. He was eighth in both the 2012 and 2013 NCAA indoor meets and second in last year’s outdoor event.

“He’s a big meet guy,” Franklin said. “He tends to have his best jump in his last jump.”

Luke c aldwell

5,000 meters, Saturday

Seeded time: 14:12.27 (22nd of 24; top seeded time 13:41.87)

Caldwell has a chance to be an All-American in cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track in the same school year, which would be a first for a Lobo male athlete.

“He ran well in a heat in Austin,” Franklin said of Caldwell at the NCAA prelim meet last month. “His last 1,000 (meters) shows he can kick with the big guys.”

Caldwell, a guitar-playing junior from Betchworth, England, was eighth in the 2013 NCAA indoors in the 5,000.

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