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Habtom Samuel, Lukas Kiprop Break Indoor Program Records in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – New indoor 5,000m and 3,000m school records from Habtom Samuel and Lukas Kiprop highlighted New Mexico Track & Field’s first indoor competition of the season at the Sharon Danville-Colyear Invite at Boston University on Saturday, with five Lobos setting new personal bests.


  • At a meet and facility that have become known for producing NCAA qualifying times in the last few seasons, both Samuel and Kiprop put record-setting times in the first indoor racing of their careers, with Evans Kiplagat and Samuel Field also entering the program record book in their first indoor meets as Lobos.
  • Samuel was the fourth-fastest collegian in a race that saw Harvard’s Graham Blanks break the NCAA indoor 5,000m record. He shattered the UNM record by nearly 18 seconds, putting down the 11th-fastest collegiate 5,000m race in history (13:14.85) in the process.
  • Evans Kiplagat also broke the prior 5,000m record with a 13:30.56 finish in the second heat – he’s now in possession of No. 2 on the all-time list behind Samuel.
  • Kiprop finished as the sixth-fastest collegian of the Men’s 3,000m while breaking the record, finishing in 7:47.52.
  • Also in the 3,000m, Field PR’d for the first time since the 2021-22 indoor season and moved into the No. 10 spot on the UNM all-time list with a 8:06.54 finish.
  • Semira Mebrahtu and Klara Dess PR’d in the Women’s 3,000m by 20 and 9 seconds, respectively.

Ethan Brouw and Luke Cunningham opened things up in the men’s mile, finishing third and fourth in the second heat to place 15th and 16th respectively. Brouw – the indoor program record holder in the 800m – finished with a 4:04.85 time for a new personal best, shaving more than 11 seconds off the 4:16.03 mark he set at last year’s MW Indoor Championships. Cunningham finished right behind in 4:05.82, 0.85 seconds short of his personal best set at the same track in February while competing for Wagner (4:04.97).

Up next in the Women’s 3,000m, Semira Mebrahtu Firezghi (9:27.89) and Klara Dess (9:31.40) both ran personal bests, with Firezghi clipping more than 20 seconds off her previous PR (9:48.46) set at the same meet last season – the biggest margin of improvement of the day by a UNM runner – to finish seventh in Heat 3.

Running her first indoor 3,000m, Dess shaved more than nine seconds off her best outdoor 3K time (9:40.79) – a performance she hadn’t beaten since 2021 – for an 18th-place finish in the second heat ahead of Sarah Eckel (9:57.06, 22nd).

Kiprop led the way in his first indoor 3,000m race, finishing eighth in the fastest heat as the sixth-fastest collegian while putting down a new school record with his 7:47.52 finish to beat out Abdirizak Ibrahim’s 7:48.71 mark in 2022 by more than a second. Kiprop’s time would rank No. 23 amongst the 2022-23 indoor season’s fastest 3K times in the nation. 

Three of the runners ahead of Kiprop – NAU’s Drew Bosley, Oklahoma State’s Ryan Schoppe and pro runner Kieran Lumb (formerly of Washington) – all ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in the 3,000m last season, with a seven-year professional in Craig Engels also in the mix. 

Nico Young (NAU) ran the third-fastest time in NCAA history (7:37.73) en route to the event win, with Oklahoma State’s Brian Musau (7:38.04, second) and Ryan Schoppe (7:38.80, fourth) running the fourth- and seventh-fastest times in history.

Samuel Field (8:06.54) followed up with a new collegiate best – his first indoor 3K PR since Feb. 2022 while competing for Florida State at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational – and Jonathan Carmin crossed the finish in 8:07.64 as the duo placed eighth and 10th in the third heat and 36th and 40th overall. In his first indoor meet in a UNM uniform, Field’s time moved him into the No. 10 spot on the UNM all-time indoor 3,000m list.

In a loaded 5,000m field that included seven of the Top 10 individual finishers at the 2023 NCAA Cross Country Championship race, Samuel – already a Cross Country Mountain West Athlete of the Year, NCAA Mountain Region Champion and National Runner-Up – continued his year of dominance with the Lobos’ second school record of the day. The Eritrean-born freshman shattered the previous UNM best (13:32.78) by nearly 18 seconds, finishing with a 13:14.85 time that stands as the 11th-fastest in collegiate history en route to a fifth-place finish. He didn’t run a single lap slower than his second 200 meters (32.79s) the rest of the way, putting down sub-32 second splits in five of his final six rounds.

Only three collegians in a field of hundreds crossed the finish line faster than Samuel, and all three recorded historic marks – Graham Blanks (Harvard) and Ky Robinson (Stanford) both ran the two fastest 5,000m races in collegiate history and Parker Wolfe (UNC) ran the eighth-fastest. Among the top indoor times in the nation for the 2022-23 season, Samuel’s finish would rank No. 5.

In the next heat, Evans Kiplagat became the second Lobo to finish below the previous school record, finishing in 13:30.56 to secure the No. 2 spot on the UNM all-time list. He finished third in his heat and 22nd overall. Thomas Termote closed out the Lobos’ day in Boston in Heat Nine, finishing eighth in the heat with a 14:13.98 time.

New Mexico heads to Colorado Springs, Colo. next week to compete in the Air Force Holiday Open at the Cadet Field House on Dec. 9, with 18 athletes – 13 women and five men – making the trip. Live results will be available via – follow @UNMLoboTFXC on Instagram and @UNMLoboXCTF on X for live coverage, meet day content and more.

15. Ethan Brouw – 4:04.85*
16. Luke Cunningham – 4:05.82

WOMEN’S 3,000M
41. Semira Mebrahtu Firezghi – 9:27.89*
43. Klara Dess – 9:31.40*
90. Sarah Eckel – 9:57.06

MEN’S 3,000M
8. Lukas Kiprop – 7:47.52^
36. Samuel Field – 8:06.54*
40. Jonathan Carmin – 8:07.64

MEN’S 5,000M
5. Habtom Samuel – 13:14.85^
22. Evans Kiplagat – 13:30.56*
133. Thomas Termote – 14:13.98

*New personal best
^New school record