June 17, 2010
Senior Lee Emanuel has been named the 2010 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The honor is voted on by the MWC coaches. Emanuel is coming off of a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 1500-meters, earning him his fourth All-American honors. Emanuel ties a New Mexico school record being only the second athlete to earn four All-American awards.
Emanuel captured the gold for the second time in his career in the 1500-meters at the MWC Championships. The senior also took the silver in the 800-meters and helped lead the New Mexico men to a second place finish.
The Hastings, England product has been named MWC Track and Field Athlete of the Year three times in his career (2009 Indoor, 2010 Indoor and now 2010 Outdoor). He has been the MWC Track and Field Athlete of the Week eight different times, three times between the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor season alone.
Emanuel broke the New Mexico record in the 5,000-meters at the Mt. Sac Relays with a time of 13:31.56 to claim his fifth New Mexico record. He now owns the indoor 800-meters, the mile, the 3,000-meters, the outdoor 1500-meters and the 5,000.
To add to his historic career he is the only Lobo to earn back-to-back NCAA titles at either NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championships (mile champion 2009 Indoor and 2010 Indoor).
The New Mexico men end the 2009-2010 year in 11th place in the national standings. This ranking includes their cross-country finish, indoor and outdoor finishes. BYU is the only other MWC school to end up in the top 25 in 17th. BYU's Mindy McClurkin was named MWC Female Athlete of the Year.