Former Lobos Notch Great Marks in Albuquerque and Abroad

Feb. 9, 2013

UK Championships 1,500 Results | UK Championships 3,000 Results | Don Kirby Long Jump Results

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Former University of New Mexico track and field athletes David Bishop, Lee Emanuel and Alesha Walker all registered superlative times at two separate meets on Saturday.

At the British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships in Sheffield, England, Bishop and Emanuel won their races, while Walker won her event at the Don Kirby Open in Albuquerque.

At EIS-Sheffield, Bishop emerged victorious in the men's 3,000-meter run. A 2011 graduate from New Mexico, he clocked a time of 8:06.98 that was just 0.13 seconds faster that second-place finisher Tom Humphries (8.07.11).

In the race, Bishop found himself in the top five for a majority of the race, before fighting off a number of surges in the last two laps to take the race.

Emanuel also won out in England, taking first in his heat of the men's 1500. Emanuel, a 2010 UNM grad, breezed to a comfortable 3:49.69 time in the metric mile, winning his section and finishing just 0.03 seconds behind the winner of the first section, Charlie Grice.

He will advance to the 1500 final to be contested tomorrow at 2:43 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (7:43 a.m. MT).

In Albuquerque, Walker also had a strong day as she qualified to the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships with a winning mark in the women's long jump.

Walker, New Mexico's graduate assistant and 2011 graduate, leaped 20 feet, 5 ¾ inches (6.24 meters) at the Don Kirby Open at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Walker's mark, while not a career best, did qualify her for the USATF Championships to be held at the Convention Center in Albuquerque on March 2-3. The qualifying standard is 20 ¼ (6.10m).

The pack of current Lobos are also in competition today, with part of the team also at the Don Kirby Open and a handful of athletes at the Husky Classic in Seattle.

Check back later today for a complete recap of their action.