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Smith sets school record again, Bright & Bailey claim victories on Final Day UNM Collegiate Classic

ALBUQUERQUE – The UTEP track and field team saw more success on the final day at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday afternoon.

After 14 student-athletes set personal bests on Friday, on Saturday one set a school record, two won their respective events and seven more career bests were set.

“The men’s side displayed a very good meet, tons of new personal bests were set on that side. The team strongly improved their position for the conference meet,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “The women didn’t have a bad meet either as a few individuals stood out. We’re two weeks away from the Conference USA Championships, but will return to Albuquerque next week for the final tune-up. We’re also sending three distance student-athletes – Titus Cheruiyot and Rodgers Korir, and Carolyne Chepkosgei – to Iowa State next weekend, providing them with an opportunity to run a NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying time there in face-paced races.”

Shakeem Smith has been a speedster this indoor season, breaking his own school record with a time of 7.89, and finishing fourth in the men’s 60m hurdles. He broke his previous mark of 7.90 set a few weeks back at the Corky Classic.

Sean Bailey raced out to a personal-best 46.37 in the men’s 400m dash with a gold-medal finish, while Jevaughn Powell placed third with a time of 47.50.

Chantoba Bright won her second overall event this season, leaping out to a 12.98m mark in the women’s triple jump.

Benjamin Coronado had a great day, as Franklin HS graduate recorded a 17.47m mark in the men’s shot put, best for third place, and blowing past his previous personal best of 15.94m.

In the women’s shot put, Sah-Jay Stevens placed eighth with a toss of 13.77m. Cierra Chenault (11.92m) and Kayla Larry (11.76m) set personal bests with their respective throws.

Devin Mungro hit a personal best mark with a 14.12m leap in the men’s triple jump.

Sam Zambrano set a personal best with a time of 4:40.21 in the men’s mile.

Carolyne Chepkosgei finished in third in the women’s mile run, posting a 4:59.08.

Kenneth Talavera placed sixth in the men’s 800m, posting a time of 1:54.31. In the women’s 800m, Karoline Daland clocked in a 2:15.36, good for sixth.

In the men’s 400m 4×400 relay, the team of Flournoy, Bailey, Powell and Bynaum placed fourth, clocking in a 3:12.72. On the women’s side, the team of Yasmine George, Madison Gibson, Natalia Roberts and Carshaylah Harrison posted a 3:52.96.

Up next, the Miners will travel to a pair of events next weekend. The majority of the team will compete at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico on February 13-14, while three distance runners, Titus Cheruiyot and Korir will compete in the 5K, and Chepkosgei will compete in the 800m at the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15.

The C-USA Championships will be held on February 22-23 in Birmingham, Alabama.


UTEP Cross Country to compete at NCAA Mountain Region Championships

The UTEP Cross Country team will hit the road to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete at the 2019 NCAA Mountain Region Championships Friday, November 15 hosted by The University of Utah.

“The Mountain Region is one of the most competitive and toughest regions in the country,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “Most regions will bring two teams to the NCAA National Championships [Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, In.], but the Mountain Region will bring like six men’s teams and about five women’s teams. It’s a very intense competition. The top distance runners come from that region, I believe because they’re residents in the mountains and the high altitude helps.”

The men’s 10K race will begin at noon MT. Making the trip for the men’s squad is Cory Calvani, Titus Cheruiyot, Cornelius Kapel, Rodgers Korir, Kayn Quinones, Boaz Ronoh, Michael Sims and Kenneth Talavera.

The women’s 6K will set off at 11 a.m. MT. Competing for the women are Carolyne Chepkosgei, Linda Cheruiyot, Karoline Daland, Joan Kimaiyo, Winny Koech, Andrea Lucero and Jacquilyn Orozco.

The women’s field could have up to 20 teams competing for the NCAA regional title. At last year’s NCAA Mountain Regional, New Mexico won the event, while Colorado finished in second place. BYU, Southern Utah, and Air Force rounded out the top five teams from a year ago.

To get a look at the regional rankings so far in 2019, click here.

The men’s region also contains 18 squads that may travel to Salt Lake City for this year’s regional. Northern Arizona won the 2018 NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Provo last season to edge out the meet hosts, BYU, who finished in second. Colorado, Colorado State, and Southern Utah finished as the other top-five teams in the event.

To see where the men’s teams rank in the Mountain Region in 2019, click here.

The Miners recently competed at the Conference USA Championships in Bowling Green, Ky., on Nov. 2. Koech, who placed in second place with a time of 17:03.76 in the 5K, was named the Outstanding Senior of the event. On the other side, Cheruiyot, who registered a third-place finish in the 8K (23:58.64) earned the Freshman of the Meet honor.

Korir (24:06.65) finished in sixth place, while the women’s team had a trio of top 10 finishers – Cheruiyot (17:08.60) placed fourth, while Chepkosgei (17:20.77) finished in seventh place.


UTEP Cross Country to compete at Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational Friday

The UTEP cross country squad will take the field at the 64th Annual Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational Friday, Oct. 4 at the University of Norte Dame Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana.

Friday’s event will the third for the Miners this season, who most recently captured the men’s and women’s titles at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial September 13.

The UTEP men’s team will compete in the Gold Race in a 5-mile competition.

The Miners will go against Akron, Auburn, Cal State Fullerton, Calvin, Clemson, Hilldale College, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana State, IUPUI, Kansas State, LSU, Massachusetts-Amherst, Miami (Ohio), Oakland, Fort Wayne, Stephen F. Austin, Utah Valley, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Youngstown State.

The Men’s Gold Division race will start at 4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. MT. Racing for the men will be Cory Calvani, Titus Cheruiyot, Cornelius Kapel, Rodgers Korir, Kayn Quinones, Boaz Ronoh, Michael Sims and Kenneth Talavera.

The UTEP women will take part in the Gold Race in a 5,000-meter competition.

The Miners will compete against Akron, Belmont, Cal State Fullerton, Calvin, Central Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Kentucky, Hillsdale College, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, IUPUI, Kansas State, LSU, Miami (Ohio), Nebraska-Omaha, Fort Wayne, Southern Miss, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wyoming and Youngstown State.

The Women’s Gold Division race will start at 3:15 p.m. ET/1:15 MT. Participating for the women will be Carolyne Chepkosgei, Linda Cheruiyot, Karoline Daland, Joan Kimaiyo, Winny Koech and Jacquilyn Orozco.

Live results will be available online, while the course map can be found here.

UTEP Women’s Cross Country picked First in C-USA Preseason Polls

2018 Conference USA Women’s Cross Country Champion UTEP was named the preseason favorite in this year’s C-USA Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

“This is great of our UTEP Cross Country program,” Ereng said. “The Miners ladies won their first ever title last year and it is fantastic all the coaches in the league have faith they will repeat again. I know our ladies are hardworking and are prepared to take the challenge of flying the Miners’ colors high again.”

Last season, the Miners won their first conference title in program history, taking four of the top seven spots in the women’s 5K.

Five runners from the champion squad – 2018 individual champion Linda Cheruiyot, Carolyne Chepkosgei, Winny Koech, Karoline Daland and Andrea Lucero – return this season led by reigning Coach of the Year Paul Ereng.

The Miners open the 2019 season at the Lobo Invitational Aug. 31 in Albuquerque, N.M. UTEP will then host the Lori Fitzgerald at Chamizal Memorial National Park Sept. 13.

The men (6.4K) will start at 6 p.m., while the women (4.7K) will begin their race at 6:45 p.m. Following the home meet, the Miners will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the Joe Piane Norte Dame Invitational Oct. 4.

The C-USA Championships will be hosted by WKU in Bowling Green, Ky., November 2.

Click here to see full XC schedule

Two Miners Punch Ticket to NCAA Championships

Provo, Utah – Juniors Linda Cheruiyot and Winny Koech earned a spot at the NCAA Championships on Friday after finishing in the top 15 at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Mountain Region Championships.

“I am very proud of both the men and women’s teams for competing at the regional championships,” head coach Paul Ereng said. “The women’s team again performed very well, managing to advance Cheruiyot and Koech, who will represent our institution at the national championships.”

Cheruiyot clocked in a personal best of 20:05.1 in the 6K, finishing 10th in the competitive field. This marks the first time that the distance runner has advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Koech punched her ticket to the national meet for the third straight year. The last Miner to make three appearances at the national meet was Risper Kimaiyo (2009-2012). Koech finished 13th out of 136 runners with a time of 20:10.1.

Carolyne Chepkosgei was the third Miner to cross the finish line, taking 33rd place with a time of 20:57.0.

Rounding out the women’s team were sophomore’s Andrea Lucero and Destiny White.

The young men’s team finished three runners in the top 70 out of 120 competitors.

Sophomore Cornelius Kapel was the Miners’ top runner, posting a personal-best time of 30:55.0 in the 10K.

Freshmen Boaz Ronoh (30:57.4) and Rodgers Korir (31:10.8) followed, finishing 59th and 67th overall, respectively.

Also taking the course was senior Antony Kosgei (32:32.6), freshman Isaiah Page (34:28.8), freshman Michael Sims (35:50.1) and freshman Daniel Maes (37:03.7).

Both teams finished 13th overall at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

Cheruiyot and Koech will close out the cross country season at the national meet in Madison, Wisconsin, on November 17.

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