UNM Men Climb To No. 27 In National Rankings
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/18/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 18, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - After another record setting weekend, the University of New Mexico men's track and field team has shot up to 27th in the latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division I team rankings. New Mexico, which has climbed more than 50 spots over the past three weeks, trails only No. 18 BYU among Mountain West Conference teams in the national rankings and is four points away from breaking into the top-25.

Senior Lee Emanuel has led the charge for the Lobos this winter. The Hastings, England product has the sixth-fastest time in the mile and ninth-fastest in the 3,000 meters.

Senior Jarrin Solomon owns the ninth-fastest 400 time, while junior transfer Rory Fraser is ranked ninth in the 5,000. Another junior transfer, David Bishop, is No. 15 in the mile. Fraser is also contributing points in the 3,000, where he is ranked 31st.

New Mexico is poised for a landmark performance next week at the MWC Indoor Championships. The Lobos, who have never finished higher than fifth in the MWC men's indoor standings, have athletes ranked among the conference top-five in 11 of 17 events and own the top mark/time in five events.

The MWC Championship will be held Feb. 27-28 at Air Force's Cadet Field House.

Click Here for a complete list of the Division I national track & field rankings.