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UTEP’s sophomore Michael Saruni was named to The Bowerman Preseason Watch List, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Thursday.
This is the first time Saruni has been placed on the watch list. The Bowerman consists of the top-10 track and field athletes throughout the country and regarded as the most prestigious track and field honor in the collegiate ranks.
Saruni is the fourth Miner to be named to The Bowerman Watch List, following Blessing Okagbare (2010), Anthony Rotich (2014 and 2015) and Emmanuel Korir (2017). Okagbare is the only Miner to be a finalist on The Bowerman Watch List.
During the indoor season, the distance runner set a world record in the 600m at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver meet clocking in at 1:14.79. The Kenya native followed that performance by running the second-fastest time in the NCAA in the 800m at the Texas Tech Classic. He sits just behind his coach Paul Ereng (Virginia, 1989) who set the record time of 1:44.84.
Saruni will compete at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10 in the 800m. The All-American finished eighth overall at the 2017 NCAA Championships.
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