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Miners Garner C-USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s Lilian Koech and Michael Saruni were named Conference USA Track athletes of the week for their performances at the Desert Heat Classic, the league announced on Tuesday.

Saruni etched his name into track and field history when he clocked 1:43.25 and set the NCAA 800m record. Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 1:43.55) previously held the record for two years.

The Kenya native passed former teammate Emmanuel Korir (1:43.77) on the all-time best in program history.

This marks the sophomore’s second weekly award of the season. Saruni’s time ranks as the fastest in the world this year.

Koech notched her first C-USA weekly award of the season after running 2:07.06 in the 800m to take home gold. The junior notched her fifth top-five finish of the outdoor season and garnered her second sub-2:08 in the 800m this season. The Kenya native currently ranks second in the league in the 800m and second in the 1,500m.

The Miners will enjoy a week off from competition before heading to Houston, Texas, for the C-USA Outdoor Championships hosted by Rice on May 10-13.

Flyin’ Miners Garner C-USA Athlete of the Week Honors

UTEP track and field nabbed two Conference USA weekly honors with Male Track Athlete of the Week Michael Saruni and Female Athlete of the Week Lilian Koech, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Saruni placed first in the 800m at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational with a school record time of 1:45.62. The Kenya native is the first collegiate athlete to run under 1:46.0 since Dirk Heinze of Arkansas did it in 2001, putting Saruni fifth overall on the NCAA All-Time Best list.

The sophomore’s time set a facility record for the Commodore Invitational and a new school record previously held by former teammate Emmanuel Korir (1:46.50). His time ranks No. 1 in the nation

Koech finished first in the mile run with a 4:45.62 over the weekend. The senior ranks eighth nationally and first overall in C-USA. Her time ranks as the sixth fastest time in school history.

Both student-athletes receive their first weekly honor of the season.

The Miners will return to action on Friday Jan. 19 at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver in Albuquerque, N.M.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live results and breaking news.

UTEP’s Koech Earns First 2017 C-USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s Lilian Koech captured the first Conference USA Athlete of the Week award of 2017 for her performance at the Lobo Invitational the league office announced Tuesday morning. 

Koech marked a 5K time of 17:32.2 on Saturday at the Lobo Invitational to become the first female and second overall athlete to cross the finish line. Her time improved drastically from last season, which saw her run a 19:07.6 in that race.

The performance followed a stellar 2016 slate in which the junior earned NCAA Division I Cross Country All-Region and All-C-USA first team honors. The weekly award is the fourth of her career.

The Miners will return to action on Friday, September 8, for the Lori Fitzgerald held at the Chamizal Memorial National Park. The men’s race starts at 5:30 p.m. M.T. followed by the women’s race at 6:15 p.m.

For live updates be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and Instagram.

UTEP’s Kosgei and Koech Lead Miners at Lobo Invitational

Albuquerque, N.M. – Antony Kosgei and Lilian Koech led the Miners as they opened the 2017 cross country season at the Lobo Invitational.

“Overall we had a good team performance for the first meet of the season,” said head coach Paul Ereng. “Antony and Lilian both had great performances. We still have some improving to do as the season progresses.”

The Lobo Invitational is a mixed 5K race with both male and female athletes running at the same time. Koech was the first female athlete to cross the finish line with a time of 17:32.10. Sophomore teammate Linda Cheruiyot finished seventh overall with a time of 18:40.40, trailed by newcomer Andrea Lucero (21:14.10) and Ana Molinar (29:38.10).

On the men’s side, Antony Kosgei finished second overrall with a time of 15:31.90. Junior Jonah Koech clocked a time of 16:46.90 to a 14th-place finish, followed by sophomore Michael Saruni (16:57.30).

The Miners will return to action next week for their annual home meet at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Friday, September 8.

For live updates be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and on Instagram.

UTEP’s Lilian Koech Garners Second C-USA Weekly Honor

Lilian Koech was named this week’s C-USA Cross Country Female Athlete of the Week for her dominant performance last Friday at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.

Koech clinched first-place in the women’s gold race in a field of 222 runners. She ran a 5K time of 17:50.6 to seize the title. This was her third individual victory of the 2016 season.

The sophomore paved the way for the Miners who took third overall with a total of 178 points over 27 other teams.  Koech kept her composure throughout the entire race to stay with the leading pack, to then burst to the leading position and surpass her competitors in the final stretch.

The Kenyan native averaged a 5:33.0 mile time to push her efforts to claim the crown.

This is the standout athlete’s second C-USA weekly honor of the season, and her third of her cross country career at UTEP.

UTEP’s Lilian Koech Named C-USA Co-Athlete of the Week

IRVING, Texas– Lilian Koech was rewarded for her stellar performance last weekend by being named Conference USA Female Cross Country Co-Athlete of the Week.

Koech proved outstanding efforts at the Kachina Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. on Sept. 17 where she secured a first-place showing with a 5K time of 17:34.36. The sophomore kept her composure throughout the race as she paced the way for the Orange and Blue who had three runners clinch the top-three spots.

Koech’s stellar efforts propelled the Miners to a team title with a total of 24 points to edge out NM State (31 points).

The Kenya native earned her third individual victory of her career as she was the first to cross the line out of 34 runners, and her first victory of this year’s season. This is the sophomore’s second C-USA weekly award of her career and UTEP’s first female athlete of the week honor for the 2016 campaign.

UTEP cross country will continue the action in two weeks when they head to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational.

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