Austin – The UTEP Track & Field team finished day one with nine Miners registering personal bests over six different events at the Texas Team Invitational on Friday.
Lilian Koech and Winny Cheruiyot highlighted the meet with a first and second-place finish in the 800m. Koech led the way with a winning time of 2:09.32, followed by Cheruiyot with a personal-best time of 2:10.05. The two Miners continue to lead the league in the 800m.
Michael Saruni cruised to a first-place finish in the 800m invitational stopping the clock at 1:48.39. His time ranks seventh in the west region. The All-American will return to the track as part of the 4x400m relay on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT.
In the 200m, Alejandro Alcazar and Kyle Farrell clocked personal bests. Kyle ran a time of 21.57, followed by Alcazar with a career-best 22.46.
Competing in the long jump was Darius King, Devin Mungro, Frederic Williams and Donivan Ortega. Williams led the way for the Miners with a career-best 7.12m (23-4.50) to finish 12th overall. Ortega notched a 13th-place finish with a leap of 7.03m (23-0.75). Tying for 19th in the competition, Mungro and King both landed their jump at 6.64m (21-9.50).
Freshman Benjamin Coronado notched an 18th-place showing in the shot put tossing a career-best 14.10m (46-3). He followed that performance with a 39.04m (128-3) toss in the hammer throw to finish 19th overall.
In her last season as a Miner, Tyler Ragin has been improving each meet clocking a personal best in the 100m twice during the outdoor season. She notched a season-best 5.63m (18-5.75) in the long jump earning 11th place.
The Miners return to the track on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with the running events and the field events starting at 9:30 a.m.
Junior Jonah Koech will compete in his first 800m of the season at 11:10 a.m. Koech ranks 18th in the country in the 1,500m with a time of 3:44.02.
Newcomer Shakeem Smith makes his return trip to Mika A. Myers Stadium where he will race in the 110m hurdles at 11:35 a.m. He holds the seventh-fastest time (14.19) in program history.
In the 400m, senior Asa Guevara is set to take the track at 12:05 p.m. running in the first of five heats. Guevara will run against collegiate and professional athletes, including Dedric Dukes (Nike).
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