The women’s team placed seventh in the 5K race, while the men came home ninth, running in the 8K race.
South Bend, In – The UTEP women’s cross country team finished with 409 team points, notching 16th overall at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday morning.
“The team performed well, considering where we stand at the moment, “ head coach Paul Ereng said. “This is one of our longer trips this season and that might have had an affect on our runners, but both teams made adjustments and performed well on the course today. This was a good reality check for our team.”
Leading the Miners was sophomore Winny Koech. She kept pace with the top half by running a season-best 16:55.6, earning her 27th overall in a field of 159 competitors. Lilian Koech also clocked a season-best 17:13, finishing 44th overall. Linda Cheruiyot notched 73rd place and tied her season-best time of 1:43.8.
Three freshmen for the Miners closed out the field following closely behind each other. Carolyne Chepkosgei lowered her 5K time down to 20:15.7, followed by Andrea Lucero (21:37.6) and Destiny White (22:03.8).
The Miners edged out Mountain Region foe Weber State by six team points. The Wildcats are ranked No. 10 in the region.
On the men’s side, freshman Cornelius Kapel led the way for the Miners. Kapel crossed the finish 23rd overall with an 8K time of 25:28.6. Antony Kosgei finished nine spots behind Kapel with a time of 25:37.0. Carvellion Horn followed stopping the clock at (40:26.5)
Making their cross country debut was Alejandro Alcazar (40:27.5) and Asa Guevara (49:41.6).
The Orange and Blue will return to action on October 13th for the NCAA Pre National meet in Louisville, Kentucky.