Tobi Amusan, Michael Saruni, Emmanuel Korir, Asa Guevara and Jonah Koech all qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, March 10-11, in their respective events.
Amusan will be the lone Miner from the women’s team that just captured their third consecutive Conference USA championship. The sophomore will compete in the 60m hurdles set for 6:50 p.m. CT Friday March 10.
Amusan ranks fifth in the nation posting a time of 8.00. At the Don Kirby Invitational held in Albuquerque, N.M. Amusan faced off against Sasha Wallace from Oregon, who ranks No. 1 in the nation and tied for first in a fantastic photo finish.
In the mile, run Koech will take the track at 5:45 p.m. Friday. The long distance runner ranks seventh in the nation with a time of 3:57.30. The top 8 qualifiers will race in Saturday’s final at 4:10 p.m.
Mid distance duo Korir and Saruni will compete in the 800m Friday at 7:20 p.m. Korir ranks first in the nation with Saruni close behind at the number three spot. Korir had set the nation’s fastest time (1:46.15) in his indoor season debut at the Commodore invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
Saruni took gold at the C-USA indoor championships and looks to carry that momentum to College Station.
The distance medley relay team of Asa Guevara, Saruni, Korir and Koech qualified with the nation’s tenth best time running 9:31.13. The final race will be Friday at 8:55 p.m. with 12 schools competing in two heats.
Follow @UTEPTrack for live updates of the races and action on twitter.