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ALBUQUERQUE – The UTEP track and field team completed the final day at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico on Valentine’s Day.
A lot of love went around as Sean Bailey won the men’s 400m, Chantoba Bright hopped out to a big leap in the women’s triple jump, and Shakeem Smith continued his successful senior campaign. Eight personal bests were also set on Friday afternoon in the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Bailey won the men’s 400m, clocking in a 46.46, while Jevaughn Powell recorded a 47.52 for a sixth-place finish.
Bright, the reigning Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Week, placed second in the women’s triple jump with a personal-best leap of 13.28m.
Smith ran a 7.91 in the men’s 60m hurdles, placing third.
Maribel Caiceda ran a personal best with an 8.32 in the women’s 60m hurdles, placing fourth. The sophomore won the qualifying round, clocking an 8.41, and posted a time of 8.33 in the prelims.
Johna Diggs clocked a personal best with a time of 8.00 in the women’s 60m qualifying round.
Davion Bynaum set a personal best with a time of 6.76 in the men’s 60m final.
All four Miners set personal bests in the men’s mile. Kenneth Talavera ran a 4:17.02, placing eighth. Michael Sims also clocked a 4:30.84, Samuel Zambrano a 4:33.10 and Kayn Quinones a 4:36.01.
Karoline Daland placed 15th in the women’s 800m, clocking a time of 2:14.76.
Sah-Jay Steven finished as the top Miners (13th place) in the women’s shot put (13.96m). Benjamin Coronado placed 16th (16.52) on the men’s side.
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Rodgers Korir placed 10th in the men’s 5000m, clocking a time of 14:20.54. Carolyne Chepkosgei will run the women’s 800m on Saturday afternoon.