Lubbock – The UTEP track and field team opened the 2019 indoor season at the Texas Tech Corky Classic at the Sports Performance Center on Saturday.
Transfer Kimisha Chambers wasted no time in getting out of blocks in her first meet with the Orange and Blue. The junior posted a third-place finish in the 200m clocking in a time of 24.20. She went on to register a personal best of 8.49 in the 60m hurdles finishing fifth overall. Chambers currently ranks 23rd nationally in the 60m hurdles with her time at the Texas Tech Corky Invitational.
In the field events, sophomore Karol Koncos returned to action after missing the 2018 season due to an injury. The thrower notched a winning mark of 18.54m (60-10) in his second attempt of the day.
Freshman Iason Machairas opened his collegiate career with a third-place finish in the shot put. He posted a mark of 17.11m (56-1.75) in his second attempt of the day.
Sophomore Etamar Bhastekar was the lone Miner in the pole vault and notched a fourth-place finish with a mark of 4.87m (15-11.75).
In her first meet with the Miners, Chantoba Bright posted a leap of 5.90m (19-4.25) in the long jump, which ranks her 24th nationally.
On the distance side, Cornelius Kapel took second in the mile run with a time of 4:16.68. Sophomore Boaz Ronoh led the Miners in the 3,000m finishing first overall clocking in at 8:51.26. Teammates Rodgers Korir and Kapel followed crossing the finish line at 8:54.80 and 8:59.34, respectively.
On the women’s side, sophomore Carolyne Chepkosgei opened the season with a personal-best time of 2:53.74, notching a first-place finish in the 1,000m.
Teammate Lilian Koech also recorded a winning time in the mile run crossing the finish line with a time of 4:59.88.
The sprinters also proved to be a threat on the track as underclassmen Annette Bolomboy and Natalia Roberts finished second and third in the 400m, respectively.
Freshman Dennis Johnson opened the season with a fourth-place finish crossing the finish line at 6.83 in the 60m.
Senior Kyle Farrell finished sixth out of 18 runners in the 200m with a time of 21.64. Teammate Sean Bailey ran in the 600m and posted a time of 1:10.07 taking second overall.
UTEP will be back in action next week at the Texas A&M Quad Meet in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.