COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of New Mexico track and field athlete Peter Callahan earned Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track & Field Co-Student-Athlete of the Year honors, the conference announced Wednesday.
Callahan earned accolades at the conference and national level for the Lobos in his final collegiate track and field season, culminating in a second-straight All-American performance at the NCAA Championships last weekend.
Callahan, a graduate student from Evanston, Ill., placed fourth in the men's 1,500-meter run last week at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
His time of 3 minutes, 55.22 seconds merited him a fourth-place finish in the event for the second consecutive year.
He is just the third UNM athlete — and fourth MW athlete — to record top-four finishes in any track event in consecutive years.
For his top-eight performance at the outdoor national championships, he was accorded the honor of First-Team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He is the ninth New Mexico athlete to capture All-American honors in the same event in back-to-back years.
Callahan also picked up All-Mountain West honors in the metric mile at the 2015 MW Outdoor Championships, as he finished third in the event.
This is the third time in the last six years a Lobo has been selected as the MW Men’s Outdoor Student-Athlete of the Year. Luke Caldwell took home the honor in 2013, with Lee Emanuel doing the same in 2010.
The Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the outstanding male and female athletes in the sport of outdoor track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution.
Air Force senior Joey Uhle shared the men’s honor with Callahan, while Utah State junior Chari Hawkins earned the honor for the women.