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The UTEP track and field team dominated the UTEP Springtime meet with a highlight performance coming from Donivan Ortega in the long jump on Saturday afternoon.
Ortega notched a first-place finish in the long jump with a personal-best 7.54m (24-9), ranking him seventh in the nation. The sophomore is coming off an impressive indoor season where he earned a bronze medal finish in the long jump at the 2018 Indoor Conference USA Championships. Devin Mungro finished third overall with a leap of 7.01m (23-0).
Making his return to competition after missing the 2017 season due to injury, Rasmus Maukonen made case as one of the best javelin throwers in the league. The senior launched the javelin out to 60.62 (198-11) ranking him in the top five in the conference.
Freshman Benjamin Coronado competed in three events, hammer throw, discus and shot put. Coronado took first in the hammer with a personal-best toss of 44.28m (145-3), putting him eighth in C-USA. In the shot put, he threw for 13.71m (44-11.75) to finish in second place. He followed that performance with a fifth-place finish in the discus, tossing for 13.71m (44-11.75).
In the 100m hurdles, newcomer Shakeem Smith clocked the third-fastest time in the league with a time of 14.32 to take gold. He returned to compete in the 400m hurdles clocking a time of 53.24 to rank first in C-USA.
On the women’s side, Linda Cheruiyot highlighted the day with her performance in the 800m, clocking a personal-best time of 2:11.05, the fastest time in the league. She was followed by teammate Andrea Lucero (2:31.42) and Destiny White (2:32.79).
Senior Tyler Ragin clocked a personal-best 12.01 in the 100m, garnering a first-place finish. Ragin followed that with a second-place finish in the long jump, leaping out to a mark of 5.65m (18-6.5), ranking her top-10 in the league.
Sophomore Rebecca Oshinbanjo registered a personal-best 13.69 in the 100m hurdles, ranking her first in the C-USA. Danielle Trought followed with a time of 14.36 to finish fifth overall.
The Miners will return to action when the team travels to Austin, Texas for the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built by The Home Debut on Wednesday, March 28.
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