March 19, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico senior Lee Emanuel has been selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year the conference office announced this morning. The Student-Athlete of the Year award is voted upon by the MWC head track and field coaches.
Emanuel (Hastings, England) recorded the league's best times this season in the mile (3:57.91) and 3,000-meter (7:56.35) races. He became the Lobos' first sub four-minute miler at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational in February, shattering his own school record in the event by 4.56 seconds. The performance automatically qualified Emanuel for the NCAA Indoor Championships, marking the first time since 2005 a UNM runner has accomplished that feat.
After placing second in the men's 800-meter run at the MWC Championships, Emanuel went on to win an individual NCAA championship in the mile with a time of 4:00.36, becoming the first Lobo since 1977 to do so. His finish earned him All-America honors and led New Mexico to a tie for 16th place, its first top-20 finish since 1984.
BYU junior multi-event athlete Amy Menlove won the MWC Women's Student-Athlete of the Year award.