Our next awards go to a pair of wolves… or Lobos to be more precise. Both Peter Callahan (Princeton ’13) and Sammy Silva (Harvard ’13) are continuing their NCAA eligibility with the University of New Mexico teams and have really blossomed under the tutelage of head coach Joe Franklin. How I wish our conference allowed graduate students to compete…
Before the 2013-14 season, Callahan (Evanston, Ill.) never competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In fact, he had only ever completed one full outdoor track season before 2014 – his freshman year at Princeton. Callahan made the most of this opportunity for the Lobos, as he won the Mountain West Conference title in the 1,500m and finished 3rd in the 800m, helping the Lobos to the men’s team conference title. Callahan’s outdoor success continued at the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round, where he finished 2nd in the 1,500m behind Arizona’s Lawi Lalang with a time of 3:40.40, earning a ticket to NCAAs. Callahan made it to the 1,500m final, and tried to use his patented winning kick at the bell lap to secure himself an individual national title. Unfortunately, he was up against other great kickers in Oregon’s Matt Fleet, Lalang, and Loyola’s Sam Penzenstadler. Callahan finished in 4th place with a new PR of 3:39.90, 0.81 seconds away from the NCAA title. This was Callahan’s third All-American honor.
Silva (La Mesa, Calif.) was able to contribute to the Lobos’ success throughout the 2013-14 season. She scored for the Lady Lobos at each of their three conference meets, helping her team to two conference team titles (cross country, indoor track) and a runner up finish (outdoor track). Silva really shone for the Lady Lobos during the latter half of the cross country season, where she finished 2nd overall at their conference meet, won the Mountain Regional race and Mountain Region Female Athlete of the Year honors, and earned All-American status with a 12th place finish at NCAAs. Silva earned a second trip to NCAAs during the outdoor track season, where she finished 6th at the West Region Preliminary Round in the 1,500m in a season’s best of 4:19.80. Silva ended her track season with a 16th place finish at NCAAs.
Both Silva and Callahan still have one more year of eligibility for the Lobos.
Silva photo from UNM Athletics/Callahan photo from Princeton Athletics