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UTEP’s Amusan Runs Fourth Fastest Time in World for 2016

Freshman sensation Tobi Amusan broke a 33 year old record at Kidd Field Saturday afternoon when she ran the fourth-fastest 100m hurdle time in the world in 2016 with a time of 12.83.

“It was a really nice race and my plan was just to get out of the blocks,” Amusan said. “When I first looked at the scoreboard and it said 13.3 (seconds) I was very mad, but then when the official results popped up and said 12.83 I said YES!!!”

“It is really a privilege and to run sub 13 and it is great to see my goal come true that I have been training for over the past year.”

Her time is the second-fastest time EVER ran by an athlete under the age of 20. It is also the Nigerian and African Junior (under age of 20) record. Her time was .12 seconds better than former school record holder Kim Turner’s 12.95 (1983.) Amusan ranks second nationally and currently ranks as the fastest active Nigerian hurdler.

Amusan didn’t end her phenomenal day in the 100m hurdles, she turned around a little than two hours later and clocked the fastest 200m dash time in Conference USA. She crossed the finish line in 23.24 for gold.

“I know I have good speed and know that I am capable of running a sub-23 second 200m dash, but a 23.2 is not a bad start,” noted Amusan who ran her first 200m dash in over two and a half years.

Fayon Gonzales (54.83m) and Kevin Rincon (53.72m) both recorded personal bests in the hammer throw. Gonzales was the top collegiate finisher on the women’s side and Rincon placed second on the men’s side. Gonzales also collected a personal best in the discus throw with a mark of 47.10m to finish third collegiately.

Mid distance runner Cosmas Boit had a exquisite day on the track by winning the 800m run (1:51.86) and the 1,500m run (3:51.16). Daniel Cheruiyot registered a personal best in the same 1,500m race with a time of 3:53.97 to finish second. Winny Koech (4:43.42) and Gladys Jerotich (4:46.46) finished first and second in their 1,500m race as well.

Sven Zellner celebrated his Senior Day by taking gold with the sixth-fastest 110m hurdle time in school history (14.07) to register gold. Daniel Tarango also registered a personal best in his last career home meet with a time of 49.45 in the 400m dash to place fourth collegiately. Esteban Montanez (48.70/PB/third collegiately) and Carvellion Horn also registered personal bests.

In the men’s 100m dash, Asa Guevara was the top collegiate fininsher with a wind-aided time of 10.42 and Isak Washington registered a huge personal best of 10.46 to be the second collegian to cross the finish line.

The men’s 4x400m relay squad of Esteban Montanez, Isak Washington, Asa Guevara and Jonah Koech clocked a season-best time of 3:10.91 in the race to take gold. That time ranks third in Conference USA.

Click HERE to view actions shots from the meet.

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