April 21, 2010
The University of New Mexico track and field team will travel to Berkeley, Calif. this weekend for the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. New Mexico is sending a full squad to California including standouts Sandy Fortner and Deanna Young.
The distance runners who competed in last weekends Mt. SAC Relays will take this weekend off from competition in preparation for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford May 1-2. This includes Lee Emanuel, who broke the school record in the 5,000m last weekend.
With spring football coming to a close, wide receiver Ty Kirk will make is outdoor debut in the triple jump and long jump. Kirk his an all-MWC outdoor triple jumper, who jumped 50-11 in his second attempt last year at New Mexico's Don Kirby Invitational.
Senior Carolyn Boosey will be running the 5K this weekend. Boosey took first place in the 3,000m steeplechase at the UTEP Invitational on April 10. Boosey ran a time of 11:26.49, more than 50 seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Brutus Hamilton Invitational Information
Weather: The weather at Berkeley looks to be in the high 60s, low 70s all weekend.
Schedule: Events begin Friday at 10 a.m. with the hammer throw and if all goes according to plan will end for New Mexico around 9:45 p.m. with the 5,000m.
Saturday events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the women's long jump and conclude with the 4x400 relay at 5:25 p.m.
Emanuel Earns MWC Honors
Standout Lee Emanuel has been selected as the Mountain West Conference men's outdoor track and field athlete of the week for his performance at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 16. Emanuel ran a 13:31.56 in the 5,000m breaking New Mexico's old school record (13:35.59) by over four seconds. The Hastings, England product finished 11th in the event, but third among collegiate runners.
Emanuel's time currently ranks second on the MWC all-time list and fourth overall in the country, according to the website TFRRS.org.
The award marks the eight MWC athlete of the week award in Emanuel's career. With his time in the 5K Emanuel now holds five different records at New Mexico between outdoor and indoor, 1,500-meter (3:37.25) outdoor records, along with the 800 meters (1:50.15), 3,000 meters (7:51.20) and the mile (3:57.62) for indoors.
Mt. SAC Relays Rewind
Lee Emanuel has captured another New Mexico school record. The Hastings, England product ran a 13:31.56 in the 5,000m Friday at the 52nd Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The time breaks the old school record (13:35.59) by over four seconds. The time was good for an 11th place finish in the event.
"It was hard, running that distance always is," Emanuel said. "I managed to finish over a lot of people which is always good."
Emanuel now claims both the 5K and the 1,500-meter (3:37.25) outdoor records, along with the 800 meters (1:50.15), 3,000 meters (7:51.20) and the mile (3:57.62) for indoors.
"I am trying to break as many school records as I can. It's always nice to do that. However, I think I am running out of records to break. Someone will come along in a couple of years and break the records again so I am enjoying this while I can."
Emanuel wasn't the only Lobo who had a great day. Senior Chris Barnicle smashed his previous career-best in the 5K by over 20 seconds. Barnicle ran a 13:36.02 to finish 18th. Barnicle was on pace to break his record by even more but lost his rhythm towards the end.
"I was on a great pace until about 100 meters out," Barnicle said. "I probably made a move too soon. It was my first race in about five weeks so sometimes that can happen. I still had a very solid race and had a great PR."
The Newton, Mass. product had a previous PR of 14:00.16.
Fellow senior David Bishop set a new career-best in the 1500m running a time of 3:43.73 good for a 6th place finish. Bishop's previous PR in the event was 3:45.82.
Junior Ruth Senior ran a 4:26.24 in the 1500m breaking her old PR of 4:28.96. The time landed Senior a 3rd place finish in the event.
Nicky Archer ran a 16:32.42 in the 5K breaking her old career-best of 16:35.12. Archer finished 25th in the event.
Also setting new career-best in their respective events were:
Junior Vanessa Ortiz ran a 17:07.30 in the 5K, beating her old PR of 17:49.73
Sophomore Ross Millington beat his previous PR (3:45.04) in the 1500m, running a 3:44.3
Senior Jacob Kirwa set a new PR in the 5K with a time of 13:58.89, killing his previous PR of 14:02.51