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Miner XCountry team now ranked 7th in country

The UTEP men’s cross country team leaped four spots in the final United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll on Monday before they head to the NCAA Championships this weekend.

The Miners had a brilliant showing at the NCAA Mountain Regionals on Saturday. Jonah Koech (first) and Anthony Rotich (second) ran a stellar race that propelled the team to a second-place showing in a rigorous region. The Miners knocked off the then No. 3 ranked BYU Cougars and only fell to near-unanimous No. 1 Colorado by 10 points.

The Miners were able to place all six of their runners inside the top 50 in a field of 106 competitors: Cosmas Boit (13th), Antony Kosgei (28th), Daniel Cheruiyot (35th) and Evans Kiprono (45th).

This is the first time since 2007 that the men’s cross country team has garnered a top-10 national ranking.

The Orange and Blue will head to the NCAA Championships looking to secure a top-10 finish for the first time since 2007 as well.

The men’s race will begin at 11 a.m. (MT) on Saturday morning with a free live stream available on

Author: UTEP Athletics