Jan. 29, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- University of New Mexico senior Lee Emanuel doesn't like losing. Despite running a strong national qualifying time in the 800 meters last week in his indoor season debut in Albuquerque, Emanuel was not one bit pleased with his third place finish. Tonight the defending NCAA mile champion sent a powerful message to his rivals that he won't make second or third place a habit this winter.
Emanuel won the Indiana Relays Invitational Mile section with a blistering time of 3:57.62, shaving a remarkable 0.29 seconds off his school record time. The Hastings, England product became the first athlete in New Mexico history to run under four minutes in the mile when he clocked a 3:57.91 on Feb. 7, 2009 at Notre Dame.
Emanuel's time tonight was easily the fastest in the Division I this winter and currently ranks fifth in the world in 2010.
Watch Emanuel's School Record Run (Flotrack.org):
A late add to the Indiana Relays field this week, Emanuel was easily the class of the field, defeating the runner-up, former Notre Dame great Kurt Benninger (3:58.52), by nearly a full second. Indiana's Andrew Bayer was the nearest collegiate competitor, crossing the line fourth in 3:58.98.
Emanuel's teammates are home tonight (Lobo Challenge) and Saturday (New Mexico Invitational), hosting a pair of meets at the Albuquerque Convention Center.