FILE - UTEP' Women capture the gold medal in 4X100 at the 2017 CUSA Track and field meet, Finals Kidd Field El Paso Texas

Miners Qualify for NCAA West Preliminaries

The UTEP track and field team will be sending 16 student-athletes to compete in the NCAA West Preliminaries next weekend (May 25-27) in Austin, Texas.

In order to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., an athlete or relay team must finish in the top 12 at the preliminaries.

The Orange and Blue will have four athletes running the 800m race. Lilian Koech (2:04.68) and Linda Cheruiyot (4:23.60) will be representing the women’s side on Thursday starting at 7:10 p.m. CT. All-American Emmanuel Korir (1:43.73) and Michael Saruni (1:45.82) will on Thursday scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m.

Last year’s runner up in the 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan (12.67) will compete in the 100m hurdles on Friday at 3:30 p.m.She goes in ranked second in the west region. Senior duo, Ada Benjamin (52.87) and Florence Uwakwe (53.29) will compete in the 400m on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Senior Yanique Bennett (58.57) and sophomore Dreshanae Rolle (1:00.19) will take the track in the 400m hurdles, when Bennett took silver at the C-USA Championships. Distance runner, Winny Koech (33:51.31) will compete in the 10,000m run. Last week, she claimed gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the conference meet.

Samantha Hall (55.17m) will compete in the discus throw. Hall claimed gold in this event at the conference meet last week.

On the men’s side, Jonah Koech (3:41.22) and Cosmas Boit (3:45.97) will take part in the 1,500m run on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Asa Guevara (46.92) will race in the 400m at 6:45 p.m.

Karol Koncos (64.29m) will be heaving the hammer throw on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Koncos heads into his first NCAA West Prelims ranked 18th.

Lucia Mokrasova will not be competing in the NCAA Prelims, but she has earned a spot in the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon. For the heptathlon, there is no qualifying round. The top 24 marks automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. Mokrasova (5,671 points) is the 12th best mark in the nation.

UTEP also will be sending three relay teams to the preliminaries. The women’s 4x100m (44.81) relay, the women’s 4x400m relay (3:38.56) and the men’s 4x400m relay team. The men’s team (3:06.35) heads to Austin ranked in the top 10 in the west region.

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