Lobo Distance Medley Relay Team Earns NCAA Automatic Bid
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/06/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 6, 2009

The University of New Mexico saw yet another record fall tonight, adding to what will go down as one of the greatest men's track and field seasons in program history. This time it was the men's distance medley relay team of David Bishop, Dominick Roberts, Ryan Steadman, and Lee Emanuel which smashed the previous best at UNM by nearly 16 seconds and became the first Lobo DMR team to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 9:30.38 at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational.

The DMR consists of a 1,200-meter run, 400, 800, and 1,600.

Emanuel's blazing anchor leg helped New Mexico finish fifth in the 19-team field. The Lobos finished less than a second behind first place Virginia and downed several powerful teams including defending national champion and fourth-ranked Texas, No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 12 Indiana.

In just two seasons at UNM Emanuel has etched his name on four indoor records. He set the mile record last year, smashed it this winter, and added records in the 800 meters, 3,000 and tonight's DMR.

All-Americans Matt Gonzales and Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott led the 2005 DMR team to the previous UNM record of 9:46.26 (altitude adjusted) at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championship meet.

The Lobos last chance weekend rolls on tomorrow when senior Jarrin Solomon looks to clinch his NCAA 400-meter berth at Iowa State and fellow senior Ariel Burr attempts to extend her outstanding career in South Bend.

Watch the DMR record fall, courtesy of Flotrack.org:

Watch the record-setting DMR team talk about their race on Flotrack.org:

Watch coach Franklin's postrace interview on Flotrack.org: