Feb. 10, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico senior Lee Emanuel added another record to his resumé this afternoon as he was named Mountain West Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week. Emanuel is the first Lobo to earn the Men's Athlete of the Week award twice during the indoor season and three times overall during their track and field careers.
The Hastings, England product joins fellow senior Jarrin Solomon (400m) as the second New Mexico athlete honored this winter - also a first for the program. The UNM men have earned the weekly honor four times in the past four years after winning the award just once in the first seven years of the MWC's existence.
Emanuel made history on Feb. 7 when he became the Lobos' first sub four-minute miler with a time of 3:57.91 in the signature Meyo Mile race at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. The time is the fourth-fastest in the country this season.
Emanuel clocked the second fastest mile in MWC history as he became the first Lobo since 2005 to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Colorado State's Bryan Berryhill is the only man in league history to run faster, recording a time of 3:56.84 when he won the event at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Emanuel shattered his own school record in the event by 4.56 seconds and was nearly two seconds under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.
Emanuel finished second in an elite field of 11 and was one of a remarkable five men to run under four minutes in the Meyo Mile. Among the runners Emanuel defeated were: two-time All-American (DMR) and former Big Ten 1,500-meter champion Justin Switzer (Michigan), Conference USA 1,500m champion Mark Davidson (Tulsa) and three-time All-American (DMR, 1,500) Craig Miller (Wisconsin).