Miners Named Male and Female C-USA Athlete of the Week

Following an impressive performance at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge, Emmanuel Korir (800m) and Lilian Koech (800m) were named C-USA Tack Male and Female Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday Afternoon.

Korir clocked in a time of 1:43.73 to garner the second-fastest time in NCAA history just behind Donavan Brazier’s record of 1:43.55 registered in 2016.

The mid-distance runner is one of only three men in history to have personal-bests under 1:44 (800m) and 45.00 (400m). Korir (21, Kenya), Mark Everett (22, USA) and Alberto Juantorena (25, Cuba).

Koech clocked a personal-best 2:04.68 winning the 800m run. Her time ranks eighth in the country and third in the league.

This is Korir’s second C-USA outdoor weekly honor and Koech’s first of the season.

The Miners will return to action when UTEP hosts the Conference USA Outdoor Championships on May 11-14 at Kidd Field.

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