Emanuel and Fortner Sweep MWC Indoor Athlete of the Year Awards
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/18/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 18, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico seniors Lee Emanuel and Sandy Fortner have been selected as the Mountain West Conference Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively. The Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the outstanding male and female athletes in the sport of indoor track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution.

Hailing from Hastings, England, Emanuel holds the country's season-best time in the mile (3:57.62) and the league's season-best time in the 3,000-meter (7:51.20) race. He became the first Lobo ever to win back-to-back NCAA crowns, recording his second straight NCAA mile victory at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 13.

Emanuel, who won an individual NCAA title in the mile with a time of 4:03.36 at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, earned first place in the event once again by recording a sub four-minute mile time of 3:59.26. That time, which was 2.37 seconds ahead of runner-up Mac Fleet of Oregon (4:01.63), earned him All-American honors and helped New Mexico to a share of eighth place with a school-record 18 points.

A product of Fort Sumner, N.M., Fortner finished her senior campaign with All-American honors after earning the bronze medal in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Fortner broke her own school record at the NCAA Championships with a score of 4,156 over the five events.

After running a time of 8.70 in the 60-meter hurdles, Fortner cleared 5-07.25 (1.71m) to finish tied for fifth in the high jump, then finished second in the shot put with a mark of 42-10.75 (13.07m). Later in the event, she flew a season-best 19-06.00 (5.94m) on her opening long jump attempt, which was good for fifth, and then proceeded to clock a career-best time of 2:25.41 in the 800-meter dash.

At the MWC Championships, Fortner won the women's pentathlon for the second time in her career after tallying 4,147 points at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico.

Thursday, May 28
All Day - 
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at NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round
Wednesday, June 10
All Day - 
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at NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships