The UTEP track and field team had three different athletes rewarded for spectacular performances last week at the Texas Relays; Lucia Mokrasova (female field), Jonah Koech (male track) and Tobi Amusan (female track) all earned Conference USA Athlete of the Week accolades for their respective events.
For Amusan, this is her second straight C-USA Athlete of the Week honor. The freshman clocked the fastest time in the 100m hurdle prelims on Fridayin a field of 66 runners with a time of 13.27.
On Saturday, the Nigeria native shaved .15 seconds off her preliminary time to claim gold in the 100m hurdles with a mark of 13.12.
The time of 13.12 seconds would rank fifth best in the country, but she already has the No. 4 mark. She was also the second leg of the 4x100m relay team that placed 13th out of 42 teams with a time of 46.21.
Mokrasova set the school record with 5,616 points in her first-career heptathlon for UTEP on her way to a 10th-place finish at the Texas
Relays. She started off with 959 points in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.14 then cleared 1.63m in the high jump for 771 points more points. She launched the farthest throw in the shot put with a heave of 13.43m (44-0.75) to garner 693 points and closed out day one with a wind-aided 200m dash time of 24.74 (911 points).
On day two, she scored 759 points in the long jump (5.70m) and 670 points in the javelin throw (40.14m). The Slovakia native closed out the event with an 800m run time of 2:22.59 to break the program record; her mark ranks ninth nationally.
Koech started off his week at the Texas Relays last Thursday with a third-place finish in the men’s 800m invitational run (professionals included). The freshman clocked a time of 1:48.32 on his way to knocking off 2012 Olympics 1,500m run silver medalist Leo Manzano.
Then he returned to action on Saturday with a thrilling kick over the last 200m to take gold in the mile with a time of 4:00.82. His mile time converts to a 1,500m run time of 3:42.98, which ranks eighth in the country. His 800m time also ranks 14th nationally and both marks are No. 1 in Conference USA.
The Miners will return to action this weekend in Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Angel Classic.