Albuquerque N.M. – The UTEP track and field team conclude day two of the Cherry & Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center with a good overall team performance.
“Emmanuel’s (Korir) performance in the 600m was special and Tobi (Amusan) in the hurdles was also impressive,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “This was a decent meet but we have some improving to do heading into our bye week.”
Freshman Michael Saruni set a new personal best in the mile run clocking in at 4:13.40 notching a first-place finish. Antony Kosgei finished not far behind taking home bronze with a time of 4:15.81. Daniel Cheruiyot (4:23.40) finished in 11th place overall.
Asa Guevara ran 47.36 in the 400m sealing a second-place finish. Donivan Ortega competed in the triple jump making the final with a jump of 14.39m (47-2.50) giving him seventh place overall. Kevin Rincon took ninth place in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 15.76m (51-8.50).
Amusan cruised into the finals for the 60m hurdles, where she was pushed to a close finish posting a personal best of 8.08 notching a first-place finish. Her time secured the fifth-fastest time in the nation and second in UTEP history.
In the women’s mile run Linda Cheruiyot pushed her pace late in the last lap to seal a seventh-place finish with a time of 5:04.23. Teammate Truphena Sum (5:22.84) earned 14th overall.
Florence Uwakwe dazzled in the 400m (54.49) earning a second-place finish. Imani Adams and Yanique Bennett finish eighth and 10th, respectively in the event.
The Miners had Samantha Hall and Lucia Mokrasova in the shot put. Hall earned a spot in the finals throwing 13.95m (45-9.25) earning seventh place. Mokrasova finished 11th overall with a throw of 13.04m (42-9.50).
Wearing the Orange and Blue in the 800m were Brittney Adams, Cheruiyot and Sum. Cheruiyot earned a second place showing with a time of 2:16.26. Adams finished 10th with a time of 2:20.23, followed by Sum 2:21.08.
The A team (Bias, Guevara, Koech, Korir) for the men’s 4x400m relay ran 3:10.42 to finish first and the B team (Oyebanjo-Odofin, Alcazar, Horn, Montanez) ran 3:21.90 finishing third. The women’s A team (Gibson, Uwakwe, Adams, Benjamin) finished in first with a time of 3:42.25 and the B team (Bennett, Mokrasova, Molinar, Ramsay) posted a time of 3:53.04 to finish in third.
The Miners will return to the Albuquerque Convention Center next Friday and Saturday for the New Mexico Classic.