April 15, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - University of New Mexico junior Lee Emanuel has been selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week, sharing the award with BYU's Leif Arrhenius. Emanuel recorded a national-leading time of 3:40.77 to lead all collegians in the invitational 1,500-meter run at Arizona State's Sun Angel Track Classic on April 12.
Emanuel trailed only world-class runners Lopez Lamong (2007 NCAA 1,500 champion), Matt Tegenkamp (American two-mile record holder), Jonathon Riley (three-time U.S. champion) and Chris Solinsky (five-time NCAA champion) - all competing for Nike - and missed the 29-year-old UNM record by 2.17 seconds in his first collegiate 1,500 race.
The product of Hastings, England finished 1.25 seconds ahead of the nearest collegiate competitor - Alabama standout Emmanuel Bor - who recorded the second-fastest Division I time this year. Emanuel also defeated professional runner Kyle King, Wisconsin All-Americans Craig Miller and Jack Bolas, and Arizona State All-American Kyle Alcorn in the invitational competition.
Emanuel's time was the fastest by a Mountain West Conference runner before the month of June and ranks third on the all-time conference list. He is the third Lobo to qualify for the NCAA regional meet in the 1,500, but the first since 2005.
Emanuel is the second Lobo to earn Men's Athlete of the Week honors this year, joining javelin thrower Anthony Fairbanks. UNM has now earned five Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week awards over the past two seasons after a receiving a total of six in the Mountain West Conference's first seven years.