Both the UTEP cross country men’s and women’s teams finished in fifth place, while seven Miners earned all-conference honors at the 2021 Conference USA Championships at Frank Liske Park hosted by Charlotte.
Rodgers Korir and Ruth Jerubet earned All-C-USA first team honors after finishing as the top Miners. Carolyne Chepkosgei was honored to the second team, while Kenneth Talavera, Titus Cheruiyot, Maxwell Kipkosgei and Gabriel Armijo were third team honorees.
Kipkosgei was recognized as the C-USA Freshman of the Meet.
“I am proud of the way both the UTEP teams competed today,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “Both teams finished fifth. Rodgers Korir led the men by finishing fourth and Ruth Jerubet in fifth in the women race. We had seven students receive all-conference honors. Five with the men and two on the women’s side. Maxwell Kipkosgei was the conference freshman of the year, which we are very proud of him.”
Korir (24:09.5) finished in fourth place overall out of 85 competitors, while Jerubet (21:08.5) placed fifth out of 98 competitors. Charlotte’s Paul Arredondo won the men’s individual crown (23:43.5), while Rice’s Grace Forbes won the women’s individual title (20:24.0).
Middle Tennessee swept the team titles.
The Miner men finished with 79 points in the 8K event, behind Rice (71), North Texas (66), Charlotte (55) and Middle Tennessee (54).
The women tallied 151 points in the 6K race, behind Southern Miss (125), Rice (78), Charlotte (64) and Middle Tennessee (39).
Talavera (16th, 24;44.4), Cheruiyot (18th, 24:47.0), Kipkosgei (20th, 24:50.6), Armijo (21st, 24:55.8), Juan Olmos (29th, 25:16.1), Yusuf Mohamud (33rd, personal-best 25:30.9) and Michael Sims (39th, 26:00.5) rounded out the finishers on the men’s side.
Chepkosgei (10th, 21:33.1), Karoline Daland (22:21.3), Joan Kimaiyo (35th, personal-best 22:45.5), Valerie Ovalles (73rd, personal-best 24:40.6) and Jacquilyn Orozco (81st, 25:09.2) rounded out the women’s side.
The 2021 NCAA Mountain Regionals are Nov. 12 in Provo, Utah. The UTEP men ranked 11th in the Mountain Region heading into Saturday’s Championships.