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Sacramento, Ca. – The UTEP track and field team concluded the NCAA West Region Preliminaries on Saturday.
Only two Miners competed on the final day of the meet. Newcomer Shakeem Smith raced in the 110m hurdles where he clocked a time of 14.37 to finish 22nd overall. The sophomore finished the season with a personal-best time of 13.97 and ranks fifth in program history.
In the women’s 1,500m, junior Lilian Koech narrowly missed out on a top-12 finish. The Kenya native crossed the finish line with a career-best 4:18.65 earning a 14th-place finish to end the season.
For Michael Saruni and Jonah Koech the season continues. Both mid-distance runners advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 6-9.
Saruni has established himself as the greatest 800m collegiate runner, setting the NCAA record time of 1:43.25 at the Desert Heat Classic. He is the overall favorite heading into the championship rounds. Koech ranks ninth in the country with a season-best time of 1:47.05. He had no trouble qualifying to the next round earning a third-place finish on Friday.
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