Koech Garners First Career Gold Medal in the 10,000m

UTEP’s Winny Koech set the pace during the 25-lap race, crossing the finish line to garner the Miners’ first gold medal (10,000m) at the Conference USA Championships on Friday evening.

Koech ran a time of 35:44.15 to gather 10 precious team points. Teammate Gladys Jerotich finished in fifth place with a time of 37:57.56 to grab five points.

On the men’s side, Antony Kosgei took silver with a time of 31:05.55, raking in eight points. Evans Kiprono clocked 31:36.33 to place fifth, adding another four points.

Lucia Mokrasova garnered silver in a valiant effort on day two of the C-USA Championship in the women’s heptathlon. The junior still earned the Miners eight crucial points.

Mokrasova finished with a final tally of 5,525 points. The heptathlete battled against Elizabeth Dadzie (Middle Tennessee) for the conference title for the second consecutive year. Mokrasova collected a mark of 5.52m (18-01.5) in the long jump, a heave of 39.79m (130-06) and an 800m time of 2:30.86 to close out the event.

The Miners had two third-place showings in the men’s and women’s hammer throw with a couple of personal-bests.  Senior Fayon Gonzales tossed 56.82m (186-05) in her last competition as a Miner. In his first conference championship, Karol Koncos rocked 64.29m (210-11), both garnering six team points.

The men’s team sits in second place with 18 points, while the women’s team hangs on to first place with 28 points through three events.

Saturday’s action will showcase plenty of action as the Miners will have Tobi Amusan, ranked No. 2 in the in the country in the 100m hurdles, Michael Saruni, No. 3 in the nation in the 400m and Emmanuel Korir, ranked first in the country in the 800m.

The action kicks off at 1:00 p.m. MT. For Live updates and breaking news be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram.