• October 21, 2021
 Flyin’ Miners Conclude First Day of Competition at the Texas Relays

Flyin’ Miners Conclude First Day of Competition at the Texas Relays

AUSTIN –  The UTEP track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.

Lilian Koech and Carolyne Chepkosgei kicked off the evening running events in the 800m. Koech was in the leading pack through the whole race and finished third overall with a time of 2:05.42. Her time is a personal best and also currently ranks her third nationally.

Teammate Chepkosgei finished seventh overall with a personal-best time of 2:09.19, which also rates 30th nationally.

Junior Winny Koech posted a stellar showing in the 5,000m finishing second overall behind unattached runner Sarah Lancaster. The distance runner clocked in a time of 16:40.03, which currently ranks second nationally.

On the men’s side, Karol Koncos took seventh in the hammer in a field that included 25 throwers. The junior notched a toss of 65.59m (215-2) in his final attempt of the day. His mark currently checks in ninth nationally.

Freshman Roger Korir closed out the first day of action in the men’s 5,000m. The distance runner crossed the finish line in seventh place with a time of 14:50.19.

Friday’s action will begin with the preliminaries in the women’s 4x100m relay at 8:35 a.m. MT and field events will kickoff with the women’s javelin throw scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Roosa Yloenen will be the lone Miner in the field of 13 throwers. The freshman currently rates 37th nationally with a mark of 46.76m posted at the UTEP Springtime.

Also taking the field for the women is freshman Chantoba Bright in the women’s triple jump at 2 p.m. This is the first time this outdoor season that Bright will compete in the triple. She heads into the meet ranked fourth nationally in the long jump with a leap of 6.30m registered at the UTEP Springtime.

On the track, the women’s 100m hurdles prelims and men’s 110m hurdles prelims will run simultaneously starting at 8:35 a.m. On the women’s side, Maribel Caicedo and Rebecca Oshinbanjo will represent the Miners in a race that features 107 competitors. Caicedo opened the season with a win in the 100m hurdles at the UTEP Springtime.

The men’s side will feature Shakeem Smith and David Rivera for the Orange and Blue. The race features 84 student-athletes. Smith opened the season with a first-place finish in the 110m hurdles at the Miners home meet.

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Additionally, a small group of Miners will also be competing in the Bobcat Invitational tomorrow in San Marcos, Texas.

Taking the field for the Miners is Benjamin Coronado competing in the hammer throw on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The thrower opened the outdoor season with a second-place finish in the hammer throw (49.11m) at the UTEP Springtime. He will close the weekend on Saturday in shot put scheduled for 2 p.m.

Teammate Iason Machairas will also participate in the shot put. The freshman currently ranks 38th nationally in the shot put with a mark of 17.52m registered at the UTEP Springtime.

On the women’s side, Cierra Chenault will represent the Miners in the hammer throw on Friday at 12 p.m. The field includes four flights with a total of 43 student-athletes competing. Chenault opened the season with a personal-best toss (48.72m) in the hammer throw at the UTEP Springtime.

Miner duo Darius King and Devin Mungro will take the field in the men’s long jump on Friday at 5 p.m. Mungro opened the season with a win in the long jump (6.80m W:3.0).

Live results can be found online.

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While the initial information was provided by either UTEP or UTEP Athletics, it has been reviewed and copy-checked by a Herald-Post editor. In some cases, the text has been reformatted for better readability.

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