Saruni’s time ranks No. 2 in the NCAA All-Time Best list, sitting just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989).
UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni continues to rack up the awards, both on and off the track.
Saruni was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week, it was announced by the league office Tuesday morning.
In addition, Saruni added a USTFCCCA (U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) National Athlete of the Week honor, as it too was announced by the association Tuesday morning.
The Kenya native has made a lasting impression to the 2018 indoor season, breaking several facility, school and world records. Saruni was awarded his third C-USA weekly honor after an astonishing 800m performance at the Texas Tech Classic, stopping the clock at 1:45.19. His time ranks No. 2 in the NCAA All-Time Best list, sitting just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989).
Saruni has accomplished more in the first three weeks of the season than most student-athletes in the nation. During the first week of the season, he set a facility record and school record at the Commodore Invitational in the 800m (1:45.92). He followed that performance by setting a new facility record, school record and world record at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in the 600m (1:14.79). Most recently, he set a new facility record at the Texas Tech Classic and broke his own school record in the 800m (1:45.19).
The Miners will return to action Friday, Feb. 2-3 at the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
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