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Saruni Named C-USA Male Track Athlete of the Year

UTEP track and field claimed the Conference USA Male Track Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year with sophomore Michael Saruni being named this year’s award winner, it was announced by the league on Thursday morning.

Saruni was crowned the NCAA Champion in the 800m at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships, where he ran the No. 2 time in collegiate history at 1:45.15. His time ranks just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989). The Kenya native set a world best time in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate stopping the clock at 1:14.79.

During the outdoor season, Saruni garnered a bronze-medal finish at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships with a time of 1:45.31 and earned his fourth-career All-American honor. ]

He etched his name into NCAA track and field history when he clocked the NCAA record in the 800m at the Desert Heat Classic halting the clock at 1:43.25. His time broke the two-year streak held by Donovan Brazier (1:43.55, Texas A&M).

Saruni holds both indoor and outdoor records in the 800m at UTEP. He was also voted as a semi-finalist in The Bowerman watchlist.

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Miners Garner Two All-American Honors at the NCAA Championships

Eugene, Or. – UTEP’s sophomore Michael Saruni and junior Jonah Koech earned All-American honors in the 800m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday night.

“Sometimes your best is not enough and today was one of those days for Saruni,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “He is young and unbelievably talented so he will learn from this. Jonah ran his best 800m and gained plenty of confidence from today’s race. We are so proud of these guys.”

Having to fight against tough weather conditions, both Miners kept pace with the pack of runners throughout the first lap. Heading into the final 200m, Saruni opened a gap before being passed by Isaiah Harris (Penn St.) in the final 15m. The sophomore crossed the finish line at 1:43.31, earning a bronze-medal finish. Koech stopped the clock at 1:46.23 to finish sixth overall.

Saruni and Koech combined to score nine points for the Miners and earn All-American Honors.

Saruni finished his season with a number of accolades, which include posting the NCAA 800m record 1:43.25 at the Desert Heat Classic, clocking a world-best 1:14.79 in the 600m, claiming the NCAA indoor title in the 800m, set the No. 2 NCAA indoor time in the 800m (1:45.15) and posting two school records in the 800m (indoor and outdoor).

Koech finished the 2018 campaign with two Conference USA outdoor titles in the 1,500m and 800m and an indoor conference title in the mile.

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Saruni and Koech Advance to 800m Final

Eugene, Or. – UTEP’s Michael Saruni and Jonah Koech punched their tickets to the 800m final at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday night.

“This was the best possible outcome for us,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “Both got through from the heat that had by far the most talent in the field. We are very excited about Friday’s final, it will be one to watch.”

Saruni made his second consecutive appearance at the national championship stage in the 800m and cruised his way to a first-place finish in the first heat, clocking a time of 1:46.98. His time ranks as the second-fastest qualifying time among the eight other finalists.

Koech sprinted to a third-place finish in the first heat with a qualifying time of 1:47.28. The junior is making his first career appearance in the 800m final.

Both Miners will compete in Friday’s final at 7:45 p.m. MT. The action will be broadcasted live on ESPN.

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Saruni, Koech Prepped for NCAA Outdoor Championships

UTEP’s Michael Saruni and Jonah Koech head to the pacific northwest for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on June 6 through 9.

This will be the second consecutive appearance Saruni at the NCAA Championships. Last year, the sophomore finished eighth overall after colliding with former teammate Emmanuel Korir. The Kenya native has since then improved over the season, claiming the NCAA Indoor title in the 800m by clocking the No. 2 time in NCAA history at 1:45.15.

His time ranks just behind his coach Paul Ereng (Virginia, 1989) at 1:45.84.

Over the outdoor season, Saruni set the NCAA 800m record at the Desert Heat Classic with a time of 1:43.25. His time broke a two-year stand by Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 1:45.55).

Koech will make his second career trip to the national stage in the 800m. During his freshman year he finished ninth overall on the way to earning second team All-American honors. Koech captured the Conference USA indoor title in the mile while placing second in the 800m, tying Saruni with 18 points scored.

The junior notched two conference outdoor titles, doing so in the 1,500m and pulling a surprising upset over Saruni in the 800m, to lead the Miners with 20 points.

Both Miners will compete in the first heat of the semifinals on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. MT. There will be three heats of eight runners; the top-two finishers from each heat will earn an automatic spot in Friday’s final with the next two best times completing the final field of eight runners.

The 800m final will start at 7:45 p.m. on Friday.

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Saruni Makes Fifth Straight Appearance on Bowerman Watch List

In his second year in the Orange and Blue, Michael Saruni has established himself as one of the greatest 800m runners in NCAA history and has been named to his fifth Bowerman Watch List honor, it was announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday.

Saruni has been the headliner for the Miners during the 2018 season, after registering a world record 1:14.79 in the 600m during the indoor season. He made his return to the national stage in College Station, Texas, for the NCAA Indoor Championships running a winning time of 1:45.15 and solidifying his spot at No. 2 NCAA All-Time Best in the 800m.

The Kenya native is coached by 1988 Olympic gold medalist Paul Ereng, who holds the indoor NCAA record in the 800m (1:44.84).

The sophomore sensation made history during the outdoor season at the Desert Heat Classic, breaking the NCAA 800m record previously held by Donovan Brazier (1:43.55, Texas A&M) with a time of 1:43.25.

Over the course of the season, Saruni has been named to the watch list five consecutive times. He is the second-most voted athlete on the watch list behind Grant Holloway (Florida), Josh Kerr (New Mexico), Justin Knight (Syracuse) and Ioannis Kyriazis (Texas A&M), who all have six straight appearances.

He joins the ranks of Miners who have made appearances on The Bowerman Watch List including, Blessing Okagbare (2010), Anthony Rotich (2014, 2015) and Emmanuel Korir (2017). Okagbare was named a finalist during her senior season and Korir made the semi-finalist cut last year.

Saruni is scheduled to compete in the 800m at the NCAA West Preliminary rounds on May 24-26 in Sacramento, Cailf.

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UTEP’s Saruni Named USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week

Sophomore Michael Saruni was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week, it was announced by the association Tuesday morning.

Saruni etched his name into track and field history when he clocked 1:43.25 and set the NCAA 800m record at the Desert Heat Classic on April 28. Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 1:43.55) previously held the record for two years. The Kenya native also passed former teammate Emmanuel Korir (1:43.77) on the all-time best in program history.

This is the second national honor for Saruni, after he clocked the No. 2 NCAA all-time best indoor 800m at the Texas Tech Classic. Saruni’s time of 1:45.19 sits just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989).

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

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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.

UTEP’s Saruni Sets NCAA 800M Record

UTEP’s Michael Saruni marked his spot in track and field history when he clocked the NCAA record time of 1:43.25 at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson on Saturday night.

“Michael Saruni made the most of the opportunity to run a great 800m time tonight,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “His time was one of two collegiate records set tonight and that just proves what a special athlete he is.”

Saruni’s time breaks the NCAA record previously held by Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M) who ran 1:43.55 at the 2016 NCAA Championships. His time ranks as the fastest in the world this year and breaks the school record held by former teammate Emmanuel Korir (1:43.73).

The Miners had strong performances across the board racking up 14 personal-bests on the day with highlights coming from Saruni, Asa Guevara and Shakeem Smith.

“The weather was perfect to run a track meet tonight in Tucson,” said Laaksonen. “Our athletes really focused on their race and performed very well. Asa Guevara had a huge showing in the 200m, which should boost his confidence heading into the Conference USA Championships in two weeks.”

Guevara, known for running the 400m, showed his power in sprinting by registering a career-best 20.51 taking home a gold medal finish. His time ranks 15th in the country and puts him eighth in school history. The senior was part of both the 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams that finished second and fifth, respectively.

Smith stamped his mark in program history by sprinting to a career-best 13.97 in the 110m hurdles, which ranks fourth all-time. His time ranks 14th in the west region and will qualify him the NCAA West Preliminary round.

Jonah Koech registered a season best time of 1:47.12 in the 800m to finish third overall. Koech’s time ranks No. 6 in the nation.

Junior Kyle Farrell notched two personal bests in the 100m and 200m. Farrell clocked 10.87 in the 100m to finish eighth overall and 21.87 garnering a 14th place finish.

On the women’s side, freshman Annette Bolomboy notched personal bests in the 200m and 400m. Bolomboy sprinted to a time of 24.81 in the 200m. She followed that performance with a 400m time of 54.96 to finish ninth overall.

Linda Cheruiyot, Lilian Koech, Destiny White and Andrea Lucero all competed in the 800m. Lilian Koech led the miners with a first-place finish, stopping the clock at 2:07.06. Cheruiyot finished close behind with a time of 2:11.05. Andrea Lucero (2:22.03) and Destiny White (2:30.02) came in at 11th and 13th overall, respectively.

In the 400m hurdles, Dreshanae Rolle raced her way to a career-best 59.57 to finish third overall. Her time ranks second in C-USA.

Sophomore Madison Gibson notched a 10th-place finish in the 400m notching a personal-best 55.08. Gibson was also part of the 4x400m team that finished in third-place with a time of 3:40.81.

The Miners will enjoy a week off before traveling to Houston, Texas, for the Conference USA Outdoor Championships hosted by RICE on May 10-11.

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UTEP’s Saruni Named to The Bowerman Mid-Outdoor Watch List

Michael Saruni was named to The Bowerman Mid-Outdoor Watch List, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday afternoon.

The Bowerman consists of the top-10 track and field athletes throughout the country and is regarded as the most prestigious track and field honor in the collegiate ranking.

The sophomore is ranked highly in both the 400m and 800m. Saruni clocked an altitude-converted time of 45.53 in the 400m at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open, which ranks him No. 3 in the country. He followed that up with a time of 1:48.39 in the 800m the next week at the Texas Invitational, which puts him 17th in the nation.

This marks the Kenya native’s second appearance on the watch list after making the outdoor preseason list. He is just the fourth Miner to receive national recognition following Blessing Okagbare (2010) Anthony Rotich (2014 and 2015), and Emmanuel Korir (2017). Okagbare is the only Miner to be a finalist for the prestigious award.

Saruni and the UTEP track and field team will head out west to Tucson, Ariz., for the Desert Heat Classic for the final regular-season meet on April 28th.

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Saruni Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week

Michael Saruni was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week for his performance in the 400m at the Don Kirby Tailwind, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

The All-American notched a first-place finish in the 400m by clocking a personal-best time of 45.52, ranking him first in the league and third in the nation.

Saruni was also a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished first overall with a time of 3:08.12. He ran a 46.8 split and helped the Miner relay team rank No. 27 in the country.

Up next for the Miners will be a return trip to the state capital for the Texas Team Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

UTEP’s Saruni Captures 800M NCAA Championship

College Station, Texas – UTEP’s Michael Saruni wins his first NCAA Championship in the 800m clocking a time of 1:45.15 on Saturday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

“He finally got that national title he has been chasing ever since he came to UTEP,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “when he runs his race like today, no one can touch him. Setting the records at this level of competition speaks volumes and we couldn’t be happier for him.”

Saruni’s time sets a new facility and meet record at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. The facility record was held by Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 2016) at 1:45.93 and the meet record was previously held by Patrick Nduwimana (Arizona, 2001) with a time of 1:45.83. The sophomore is the second Miner to win the national title in the 800 following his previous teammate Emmanuel Korir (2017).

The sophomore’s career has been nothing short of spectacular, setting a world record in the 600m (1:14.79) and set the No. 2 NCAA All-Time Best in the 800m (1:44.89) both in the month of January.

Jonah Koech competed in the mile final garnering a ninth-place finish with a time of 4:02.26.

“Jonah ran a smart race and was in great shape with a quarter mile left. He just couldn’t finish it the way he would’ve like to. He has tremendous talent and will continue to work hard.”

The junior earns NCAA Second Team All-American honors marking his second career honor. This was the third consecutive appearance at the national stage for the Kenya native in the mile event.

The UTEP track and field team will return to action when they open the outdoor campaign on Saturday, March 24 with their home meet at Kidd Field.

Miners Advance to NCAA Indoor Championship Finals

College Station, Texas – UTEP’s Michael Saruni and Jonah Koech both advanced to the final at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships in their respective events on Friday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

“We had two guys here with a main goal which was to advance to the finals,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “They both got the job done and now can focus on tomorrow’s race where anything can happen.”

Koech notched a fourth-place finish in the mile preliminaries with a time of 4:04.76. The Kenya native clocked the third-fastest time in the country (3:55.81) this year at the Don Kirby Elite. The junior was able to clinch an automatic qualifying spot into Saturday’s final starting at 3:10 p.m. MT.

Saruni secured his spot in the 800m final by clocking a time of 1:47.95 garnering a fourth-place finish in his heat. The Kenyan native holds the no. 2 NCAA all-time best 800m time of 1:44.89 just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989). The sophomore will compete in the 800m final on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Fans can watch coverage of both days on the ESPN network and follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Flyin’ Miners Saruni Nabs 3rd Consecutive C-USA Athlete of the Week; USTFCCCA Honors

UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni continues to rack up the awards, both on and off the track.

Saruni was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week, it was announced by the league office Tuesday morning.

In addition, Saruni added a USTFCCCA (U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) National Athlete of the Week honor, as it too was announced by the association Tuesday morning.

The Kenya native has made a lasting impression to the 2018 indoor season, breaking several facility, school and world records. Saruni was awarded his third C-USA weekly honor after an astonishing 800m performance at the Texas Tech Classic, stopping the clock at 1:45.19. His time ranks No. 2 in the NCAA All-Time Best list, sitting just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989).

Saruni has accomplished more in the first three weeks of the season than most student-athletes in the nation. During the first week of the season, he set a facility record and school record at the Commodore Invitational in the 800m (1:45.92). He followed that performance by setting a new facility record, school record and world record at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in the 600m (1:14.79). Most recently, he set a new facility record at the Texas Tech Classic and broke his own school record in the 800m (1:45.19).

The Miners will return to action Friday, Feb. 2-3 at the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Video+Story: Saruni Sets No. 2 NCAA All-Time Best in the 800M

Lubbock – Sophomore sensation Michael Saruni shocked the world again with an impressive 800m performance when he ran 1:45.19 at the Texas Tech Invitational Saturday afternoon.

“Saruni had another outstanding performance and puts himself in a class of his own,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “I would not be surprised if he takes down coach Ereng’s NCAA record.”

Saruni continues his record-breaking season, now setting the No. 2 All-Time Best 800m run just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989). The Kenya native opened the season by breaking the school record running a time of 1:45.92 in the 800m at the Commodore Invitational and followed that performance with a world-record time 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational.

The men’s team registered eight personal bests throughout the day, starting with senior Asa Guevara in the 400m with a time of 46.77 taking second place overall. Guevara clocks his personal-best time for the second consecutive week.

Newcomer Benjamin Coronado had himself a day with personal bests in the shot put with a toss of 13.92m (45-8) notching a 13th place finish and in the weight throw garnering 11th overall with a mark of 14.01m (45-11.75).

Shakeem Smith clocked 8.14 in the 60m hurdles to finish sixth overall. He was followed by teammate David Rivera who clocked a personal-best 8.43 to finish 16th overall.

In the triple jump, Devin Mungro leaped a personal-best 13.89m (45-7) to finish 13th in the competition. Austin Ondijo leaped over the high jump bar to mark a career-best 1.97m (6-5.5) to finish 12th overall.

On the women’s side, Linda Cheruiyot clocked a career-best 4:58.31 in the mile run taking gold. She was followed by Carolyne Chepkosgei running a time of 5:05.05 to finish fifth overall.

Senior Tyler Ragin competed in the 60m Olympic development race, clocking a personal-best 7.72 to take sixth place.

Rebecca Oshinbanjo registered a season-best 8.65 in the 60m hurdles taking home a ninth-place finish.

Lilian Koech took gold in the 800m with a time of 2:12.26, trailed by freshman Andrea Lucero (2:29.75).

Cierra Chenault competed in both shot put and weight throw competition. She threw for 11.80m (38-8.75) in the shot put garnering eighth overall. Later in the day she placed 19th in the weight throw with a mark of 13.17m (43-2.5)

Freshman Sarah Mwangi earned an 11th place finish in the 3,000m with a time of 10:33.76.

The Miners will return to action on Feb. 2-3 for the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Saruni Garners Second Straight C-USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s Michael Saruni was named the Conference USA Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Saruni followed his stellar week one performance with a world record in the 600m run with a time of 1:14.79 after his performance at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational.

Saruni beat Casimir Loxson’s time of 1:14.92 (2005). The Kenya native also set a facility record held previously by former teammate and 2017 NCAA Champion Emmanuel Korir (1:14.97).

The Miners will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock, Texas.

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