HOUTSTON – Senior Lucia Mokrasova finally captured the elusive gold medal in the heptathlon by scoring 5,523 total points at the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Friday at the Wendel D. Holloway Field in Houston.
The senior scored 2,159 in three events on the second day of competition. She opened the day with a fourth-place finish in the long jump, landing a mark of 5.57m (18-3.25) securing 720 points. The Slovakia native followed that by tallying 626 points in the javelin with a toss of 37.28m (124-1). Heading into the final event, the senior clocked a time of 2:20.78 in the 800m to garner 813 points.
Mokrasova is a three-time indoor pentathlon champion with two second-place finishes in the heptathlon, making this her first career gold medal in the event.
The senior secured 10 team points for the Miners, putting them tied for third place through three events.
On the men’s side, Antony Kosgei led the Orange and Blue in the 10,000m final by crossing the finish line with a winning time of 31:13.45, scoring 10 points. Kosgei was followed by freshmen Boaz Ronoh (31:23.53) and Cornelius Kapel (31:45.02) who finished fourth and seventh, respectively.
Together the trio distance runners tallied a total of 17 points for the men’s team, putting them second in the team standings.
The Miners return to track for day three on Saturday with the field events starting at 2 p.m. MT and the running events at 4:30 p.m.
The spotlight will be on sophomore Michael Saruni when he will compete in the 800m and 1,500m on Saturday along with teammate Jonah Koech. Saruni garnered national and world-wide attention when he broke the 800m NCAA Record at the Desert Heat Classic with a time of 1:43.25. Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 1:43.55) previously held the record which stood for two years.
Saruni and Koech hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the conference in the 800m. Koech ranks first overall in the 1,500m, while Saruni will compete in his first of the season. Both will take the track at 4:30 p.m. in the 1,500m and will return in the 800m at 6:30 p.m.
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