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College Station, Texas – The UTEP track and field team closed out its second meet of the season by going head-to-head against the Aggies and TCU at the Texas A&M Triangular Meet on Saturday.
“The coaching staff is not impressed with today’s results,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “We had a few respectable performances, but as a team we didn’t move forward from last week. We have a lot to accomplish in our next meet at Albuquerque.”
Transfer Kimisha Chambers won her first meet as a Miner, clocking in a time of 8.53 in the women’s 60m hurdles. Senior Rebecca Oshinbanjo also raced in the 60m hurdles and posted a seventh-place finish.
Once again the women’s distance team shined, posting a one-two punch. Senior Lilian Koech won the 800m with a time of 2:08.02. Teammate Carolyne Chepkosgei finished closely behind, clocking in a time of 2:08.30.
On the field, Chantoba Bright represented UTEP in the women’s long jump. The freshman posted a leap of 5.63m in her first attempt, finishing second overall.
Freshmen Samantha Cordier and Kayla Larry competed in the weight throw for the Orange and Blue and recorded a second and third-place finish, respectively.
In the men’s 3,000m the Miners dominated the competition by claiming first and second place. Senior Antony Kosgei won the event with a time of 8:38.03, while freshman Rodgers Korir crossed the finish line with a time of 8:38.99.
Sophomore Boaz Ronoh competed in the men’s mile for the first time this season. In a field that included 15 runners, Ronoh finished fourth overall with a time of 4:15.78.
Once again registering a stellar performance in his second meet of his collegiate career was Iason Machairas. The freshman threw a winning mark of 16.64m (54-7.25) in his last attempt of the day in the shot put.
Sophomore Karol Koncos also had a good meet, taking second in the weight throw. In his first attempt the Vidina, Slovakia, native registered a mark of 18.40m (6-4.50).
Improving from last week’s showing, Shakeem Smith took second in the 60m hurdles with a season-best time of 8.08.
In the highly-competitive men’s 400m, junior Sean Bailey had a late push in the third heat of the event to finish fourth overall with a time of 47.61.
In the sprints, senior Kyle Farrell registered a second-place finish in the 200m by posting a time of 21.89. Teammates Anthony Brinson and Carvellion Horn took sixth and seventh place in the 200m, respectively.
The Miners will go on the road again next week to compete at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.