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Albuquerque – The UTEP track and field team completed a full day of competition at the Don Kirby and Vanderbilt Music City Challenge in Albuquerque and Nashville, Tn., respectively.
Duo Lilian Koech and Carolyne Chepkosgei were the two Miners that represented the Miners at the Vanderbilt Music City Challenge meet. Koechclocked in a first-place finish in the women’s 800m posting a winning time of 2:06.29. The mid-distance runner currently ranks 19th nationally and fourth all-time at UTEP.
Teammate Chepkosgei took third in the 800m clocking in a time of 2:06.53. The sophomore now rates 22nd nationally and fifth in the UTEP record book.
At the Don Kirby, Sean Bailey crossed the finish line with a winning time of 46.86 in the 400m. The sprinter has registered consecutive wins after claiming the victory last week at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. The junior moves up the national leaderboard ranking 34th. Bailey also rates fifth all-time at UTEP.
On the field, Darius King finished 10thin the triple jump in a field of 20 competitors. The sophomore recorded a leap of 14.44m (47-04.50) in his third attempt of the day.
In the women’s 60m hurdles qualifying round, Rebecca Oshinbanjotook sixth overall. The senior posted a time of 8.81 advancing to the preliminary round. In the preliminary round, the Miners fell short. KimishaChambers finished 13th(8.59), while Oshinbanjotook 20thplace.
On the professional circuit, former Miners Michael Saruniand TobiAmusancompeted at the 112thNYRR MillroseGames in New York.
Saruniwon the men’s 800mbeating USA runner DonavanBrazier. The mid-distance runner clocked in a time of 1:43.98 breaking the African, Kenyan and meet record. His stellar performance officially makes him the second-fastest man ever in the indoor 800m.
On the women’s side, Amusannotched a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles. The Adidas runner clocked in a time of 8.03, finishing closely behind SharikaNelvis(8.01).
The Miners will return to the track Feb. 16-17 to compete in the Conference USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.