Miners Claim Eight Medals on Final Day of C-USA Championships

Birmingham, Al. – The UTEP track and field team tallied eight medals on the final day of the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Championships Indoor Track Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham.

“We have a very young team and we had some good performances today,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “It’s good for us to have this kind of meet under our belt to see where we are as we prepare for the outdoor season.”

The women’s side notched four medals in three different events, junior Lilian Koech led the way for the Miners scoring 18.5 points in three events. The Kenya native took gold in the mile with a time of 4:53.15. She followed that performance with a bronze medal finish in the 3,000m stopping the clock at 9:39.56. Koech helped the distance medley relay team to a first-place finish.

Winny Koech tallied 16 points for the Orange and Blue over two events. Koech earned a second-place showing in the 3,000m (9:39.05) and 5,000m (16:33.39).

The Miners had eight more athletes score in the finals. Freshman Carolyne Chepkosgei took silver in the 800m clocking a time of 2:09.50, adding eight team points.

Tyler Ragin notched a seventh-place finish in the 60m clocking 7.61 to earn two points.

Following Ragin, junior Rebecca Oshinbanjo clocked a time of 9.14 in the 60m hurdles to finish eighth overall adding one team point.

In the final event, Madison Gibson, Lucy Mokrasova, Annette Bolomboy and Imani Adams combined to run the mile relay in a time of 3:44.90 to finish fourth overall and earning four team points.

The men’s team finished with four medals and 58 total team points for a sixth-place finish.

Sophomore Michael Saruni and junior Jonah Koech shined on day two with both student-athletes competing in the 800m and mile final. Koech clocked a mile time of 4:10.03 edging out Saruni (4:10.39) for the gold. Saruni returned the favor by narrowly beating Koech (1:52.10) in the 800m with a time of 1:52.05. Both Kenya natives scored 18 team points to lead the Miners.

A pair of Miners notched fourth-place finishes in their respective events, scoring five team points. Senior Asa Guevara clocked 47.97 in the 400m to finish fourth overall. Newcomer Shakeem Smith clocked a personal-best 8.07 in the 60m hurdles.

Boaz Ronoh finished 14th overall in the 3,000m clocking a personal-best time of 8:37.30.

Benjamin Coronado competed in the shot put and tossed a personal-best 14.60m (47-11) to finish 13th overall.

The Miners will return to action on March 9-11 for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The top-16 athletes in the nation for each event will qualify to the championships.

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