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The UTEP track and field team will head to Albuquerque, for a third consecutive meet as the Miners will compete at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 13-14.
Three other Miners will travel to Ames to run at the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15.
The Miners will take the track and field with schools such as Oregon, Colorado, UCLA, Utah, California, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, SMU, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Multiple Mountain West programs will make trip as Air Force, Colorado State, Utah State, San Jose State, UNLV, San Diego State and Fresno State will be at the two-day meet.
Stanford, Oregon, Colorado and Washington are ranked eighth through 11th in the latest USTCCCA national women’s rankings, while UNM is ranked 12th. Oregon is ranked 11th and Colorado 17th.
The meet will begin at 1 p.m. MT with the women’s long jump, women’s weight throw and men’s pole vault. The track events begin at 2:30 p.m. with the men’s 400m. Friday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s shot put and track events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the qualifying round of the women’s 60m hurdles.
Heading to Ames, Iowa, are a trio of distance runners. Titus Cheruiyot and Rodgers Korir will compete in the 5K, while Carolyne Chepkosgei will run the 800m.
At last week’s New Mexico Collegiate Classic saw multiple Miners set personal bests, highlighted by Shakeem Smith’s school-record setting 7.89 in the 60m hurdles. The other Miners to set PB’s were: Kenneth Talavera (800m – 1:54.31), Sam Zambrano (mile – 4:40.21), Titus Cheruiyot (3K – 8:21.93), Kayn Quinones (3K – 9:17.23), Devin Mungro (triple jump – 14.12m), Austin Ondijo (high jump – 1.99m), Benjamin Coronado (shot put – 17.47m), Karol Koncos (weight throw – 20.03), Arturo Ciriza (pole vault – 4.51m), Keith Rodriguez (pole vault – 4.51m), James Flournoy (60m – 7.01), Davion Bynaum (200m – 21.59), Jevaughn Powell (400m – 47.50), Joan Kimaiyo (3K – 11:05.33), Sah-Jay Stevens (weight throw – 15.43m), Samantha Cordier (weight throw – 15.43m), Maribel Caicedo (60m – 7.67, 60m hurdles – 8.37), Jasmine George (400m – 57.47), Johna Diggs (200m – 26.43) and Natalia Roberts (200m – 26.62).