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UTEP Alumni Okagbare Qualifies for Long Jump Final

LONDON – Former UTEP Miner Blessing Okagbare qualified for the women’s long jump final at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships on Wednesday afternoon.

Under rainy conditions, Okagbare notched a second-place finish with a mark of 6.51m (21-3.5). The Nigeria native qualified for her third World Championship final. She garnered a silver medal in 2015.

Heading into the final, Okagbare recorded the eighth-best jump of the 32 competitor field and will look to make another podium appearance on Friday, Aug. 11 at 12:10 p.m. M.T.

Making their first appearance at the World Championships on Friday will be junior Tobi Amusan (Nigeria) and Greta Kerekes (Hungary) in the 100m hurdles. Amusan clocked the seventh-fastest time (12.57) in the world this year when she captured her first NCAA title in the 100m hurdles. Kerekes notched a qualifying time of 13.10 earlier this year.

Both athletes will take the track on at 3:45 a.m. M.T. where the top three athletes from each heat qualify to the semifinal round set to run at 12:05 p.m. Should Amusan and Kerekes earn a spot in the semifinal they will need to finish in the top two of their heat with the next two best times making the final, set for Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1:05 p.m.

The World Championships are being streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.

UTEP’s Korir and Okagbare Advance to Semifinal Round

LONDON – UTEP’s Emmanuel Korir and former Miner Blessing Okagbare advanced to the semifinal round of their respective events Saturday morning at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships.

UTEP’s freshman Emmanuel Korir | Photo courtesy UTEP

Korir made his debut for at the World Championships a success, winning heat four of five with a qualifying time of 1:47.08. The Kenyan advances to the semifinal round which will run on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. M.T.

The top two athletes from three heats of the semifinal round qualify for Tuesday’s final at 2:35 p.m.

Okagbare showed her experience in the 100m qualifying round, clocking a time of 11.22 to

Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)

notch a second-place finish behind American Tori Bowe (11.05).

 The Nigerian will compete in the semifinal round on Sunday at 12:10, where the top two finishers of three heats earn a spot in the final being run later at 2:50.
The World Championships will be streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage of each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.

UTEP Athletics Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Class

Antonio Davis, Seth Joyner, Blessing Okagbare, Cynthia Ruelas-Macias and Paul Stankowski form the 15th induction class into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame.

They will be honored at the induction banquet on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center, as well as at the UTEP football team’s Oct. 28 home game versus UTSA.

Davis was a part of four NCAA Tournament teams and 95 victories as a member of the Miner men’s basketball squad from 1986-90.  He appeared in 122 games, scoring 1,117 points with 744 rebounds, 104 blocks and a .539 field goal percentage.  He was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference honoree.

After leaving UTEP, Davis spent 13 seasons in the NBA with Indiana, Toronto, Chicago and New York, combining to play in 903 games with 9,041 points, 6,755 rebounds and 889 blocks.  He was a 2001 NBA All-Star and, a year later, played for Team USA at the FIBA World Championships.  He is currently an NBA analyst with ESPN.  Davis is also a member of UTEP’s Basketball Centennial Team.

Joyner played football at UTEP from 1982-85.  He arrived on campus as an undersized walk-on before hours in the weight room transformed him into a college standout and, ultimately, one of the NFL’s top linebackers.  His Miner career produced 325 tackles before he was picked by Philadelphia in the 1986 NFL Draft.

Joyner played for the Eagles for eight seasons, where he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1991 Sports Illustrated NFL Player of the Year.  He later played for Arizona, Green Bay and Denver, and was a part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl championship run in his final year as a pro (1998).  Joyner was credited with 52 sacks and 24 interceptions in 195 NFL games.  He is a member of UTEP’s Football Centennial Team.

Okagbare was one of three finalists for The Bowerman Award during her senior year at UTEP – the highest honor given to collegiate track and field student-athletes by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  Okagbare notched NCAA crowns in the 100 meters and long jump during the 2010 outdoor season, the first athlete in collegiate history to achieve such a feat.  During the 2010 indoor season, she won national titles in the 60 meters and long jump, setting a meet record in the latter event.

Okagbare was an 11-time All-American and a 15-time conference champion at UTEP.  She was a silver medalist in the long jump at the 2008 Olympic Games.  She was a silver medalist in the long jump and a bronze medalist in the 200 meters at the 2013 World Championships.  Okagbare has also captured gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the All-Africa Games, the African Championships and the IAAF World Relays.

Ruelas-Macias is the initial inductee from the volleyball program into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame.  One of the most dominating middle blockers in school history, she notched 1,181 kills and 636 blocks during her stint with the Miners.  She ranked in the top five nationally in single season blocks in 1997 (fourth) and 1994 (fifth), and ranked in the top 10 in 1993 (ninth) and 1996 (10th).

She is first in school history in blocks, fourth in hitting percentage (.251) and fifth in kills.  Ruelas-Macias left UTEP with 17 separate school records, including every single game, season and career blocking record.

Stankowski becomes the first player from the UTEP men’s golf program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.  He was on the Miner roster from 1987-91.  Stankowski won two tournaments at UTEP (Red River Classic 1990, WAC Championships 1990).  He is the only UTEP male golfer to win the individual WAC title.  He was a three-time honorable mention All-American with the Miners (1988, 1989, 1991).

He helped UTEP finish second at the NCAA Championships in 1988 and ninth in 1991.  Stankowski played on the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour, winning the 1996 Nike Louisiana Open, the 1996 BellSouth Classic and the 1997 United Airlines Hawaiian Open.  His best finish in a major was a tie for fifth place at the 1997 Masters Tournament.

UTEP has been inducting classes into its Athletics Hall of Fame annually since 2002, with the exception of 2014 when the football, men’s and women’s basketball Centennial teams were honored.

Mining for Gold: Martina Finishes Fifth in Final; Okagbare Runs on Friday

UTEP great Churandy Martina finished fifth in the men’s 200m final on Thursday night, while another Miner great Blessing Okagbare and the Nigerian 4x100m relay team qualified Thursday morning for the final at the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

ChurandyMartinaWEBMartina of the Netherlands clocked a time of 20.13, .01 second behind Great Britain’s Adam Gemili. Jamaican Usain Bolt, by no surprise, claimed the gold medal (19.78), while Canada’s Andre De Grasse (20.02) took the silver medal.

France’s Christophe Lemaitre edged out Gemili to win the bronze with a time of 20.12.

Okagbare and her Nigerian teammates (Gloria Asumnu, Olivia Ekpone & Agnes Osazuwa) will compete in the women’s 4x100m relay final on Friday at 7:15 p.m. MT.

The Nigerians will sprint in lane three, while the United States will take off from lane one and Canada from lane two.

The Nigerian relay team finished second with a time of 42.55 in heat two to earn the qualification. Germany finished first by registering a

Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)
Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)

time of 42.18, while Trinidad & Tobago took third (42.62).

The Jamaican sprinters won the first heat with a time of 41.79, followed by Great Britain (41.93), the Ukraine (42.49) and Canada (42.70). The United States, after a bump caused a botched handoff in the second heat, ran a lone third heat, clocking a time of 41.77.

Okagbare last medaled at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, claiming the bronze in the 4x100m relay.

Former UTEP runner Okagbare Set to Compete at IAAF World Championships

Former UTEP sprinter and jumper, Blessing Okagbare, will represent the country of Nigeria at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing from Aug. 22-30.

Okagbare will be competing in the 100m dash, 200m dash and she is listed as a possible candidate for the 4x100m relay team. Okagbare is Nigeria’s most prominent track and field athlete and she will look to earn medals for her country.

Okagbare will attempt to improve upon her sixth-place finish at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the 100m dash. She will run her first heat in the 100m dash on Saturday (Aug. 22) at 10:00 p.m. (MT).

The Nigerian will need to finish in the top three of her heat or have one of the next six fastest times to advance to the semifinals.

Earlier this summer, she clocked a season best time of 10.80 seconds in Paris. The 100m dash semifinals (5:35 a.m. MT) and finals (7:35 a.m.) will be held Monday (Aug. 24) morning.

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