Feb. 2, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - - University of New Mexico senior Lee Emanuel added to his program record haul by earning his sixth career indoor/outdoor track and field Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week award today. It's Emanuel's third MWC honor indoors. The Hastings, England product broke his own school record and clocked the fastest mile in the nation on Jan. 29 with a winning time of 3:57.62 in the Indiana Relays Invitational Mile section.
Emanuel dominated the mostly post-collegiate field, defeating the runner-up, former Notre Dame great Kurt Benninger, by nearly a full second.
Senior teammate Rory Fraser followed Emanuel with an impressive performance of his own in the 3,000 at the New Mexico Invitational on Jan. 30 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Fraser's altitude adjusted time of 7:56.31 currently ranks fourth in the nation and is the lone NCAA qualifying time that has been run above sea level this winter.
The duo led New Mexico's seven-spot surge up to 19th in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association men's national rankings. The Lobos are currently the top-ranked team from the MWC.
UNM returns to action on Friday and Saturday when it hosts the New Mexico Classic and Multis at the Convention Center. The Lobos will also send a handful of distance runners to Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational this weekend.