Feb. 9, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Just two races into his University of New Mexico career junior transfer Lee Emanuel established himself as the fastest indoor miler in school history. Emanuel clocked a time of 4:02.47 to break Ibrahim Hussein's 24-year-old UNM record by 1.73 seconds this afternoon at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.
The Hastings, England product was the sixth collegiate finisher and eighth overall in the meet's marquee event - the Meyo Mile - and was one of 10 runners in the race to run under the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. The top three finishers all run under four minutes with Wisconsin's Jack Bolas breaking the tape with a time of 3:59.40.
Emanuel's time is the fastest in the Mountain West Conference since 2004 and ranks fifth in conference history. Three weeks earlier in his American track debut at Northern Arizona, Emanuel recorded the fastest indoor 800-meter time by a Lobo since 1985 with an altitude adjusted mark of 1:52.15.
Emanuel's performance highlighted a strong day by New Mexico's new-look distance crew at Notre Dame.
Junior transfers Michelle Corrigan and Mat Ashton clocked the team's fastest 3,000 times in their Lobo track debuts. Corrigan, who spent her first two years at Mississippi State, finished 11th in the field of 57 with a time of 9:45.26. Ashton, a transfer from London's St. Mary's University, was 13th out of 56 with a time of 8:13.44.
In the men's 800, sophomore Brian Vallie clocked a season-best time of 1:53.40 to finish 26th - two spots ahead of redshirt freshman teammate Ryan Steadman (1:53.55). Vallie was fourth (2:28.19) in a rare 1,000-meter race on Friday night.