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Flyin’ Miners’ Bailey, Bright, Caicedo, Chepkosgei, Koncos, Men’s 4×400 head All-C-USA Indoor Selections

DALLAS – Conference USA announced its All-Conference selections as UTEP track and field’s Sean Bailey (400m), Chantoba Bright (long jump), Maribel Caicedo (60m hurdles), Carolyne Chepkosgei (800m), Karol Koncos (weight throw) and the men’s 4x400m relay team were named first team All-C-USA on Tuesday.

Bailey ran a personal-best 46.42 in the men’s 400m, claiming gold, while he was part of the men’s 4x400m relay team that also took gold. Bailey was also named second team all-conference in the 200m, earning a silver medal with a personal-best 21.37.

Bright won gold after leaping out to a personal-best 6.22m in the women’s long jump. The sophomore was named second team All-C-USA after taking silver in the women’s triple jump after posting a 12.94.

Caicedo raced out to a personal-best 8.26 in the women’s 60m hurdles, winning gold. Koncos also claimed gold in his respective event, tossing 19.35m in the men’s weight throw.

Chepkosgei took gold in the women’s 800m, recording a time of 2:11.95, while also being named to the third team in the women’s mile run (4:48.92).

The men’s 4x400m relay team, composed of James Flournoy, Bailey, Shakeem Smith and Jevaughn Powell took gold, recording a time of 3:12.18.

Smith was also named second team all-conference in the men’s 60m hurdles, clocking in a time of 7.94.

Titus Cheruiyot was named second team in the 5000m (14:08.80), and third team in the 3000m (8:13.28).

UTEP nabs four First-Place Finishes on final day of C-USA Indoor Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Al. – UTEP track and field’s Sean Bailey (400m), Maribel Caicedo (60m hurdles), Carolyn Chepkosgei (800m) and the men’s 4x400m relay team all captured gold on the final day at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in the Birmingham CrossPlex on Sunday afternoon.

The UTEP men’s side moved up a spot from day one, placing fourth with 77 points, while the women’s side also moved up a spot, finishing in fifth place with 57 points. Charlotte (135 points) won the men’s side, while the Rice women (110 points) took first.

“Last year the men’s side finished in eighth place, so that was quite an improvement,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “But once our freshmen get going the way they can, we should be right there with the UTSA’s and Middle Tennessee’s. The men’s 4x400m relay team got it done today. That was a good way to end the meet.”

The men’s relay team composed of James Flournoy, Bailey, Shakeem Smith and Jevaughn Powell, capped the day with a 3:12.18. Their performance gave the squad 10 points, which surged the Miners to place in front of fifth-place Rice (76.50 points) by half a point.

And speaking of the freshmen, Titus Cheruiyot had a good showing as he was named the Male Freshman of the Meet. Cheruiyot finished in second place in the 5000m on Saturday, while winning bronze in the men’s 3000m, clocking in a time of 8:13.28.

Bailey, who competed in a trio of events, recorded a personal-best 46.42 in the men’s 400m dash, while he won silver in the 200m with a personal-best 21.37.

“Last year was Sean’s first year with us, and he really had a rough conference meet. But he fought hard today,” Laaksonen said. “Those are tough events (200m, 400m, 4x400m relay) to compete in. You have to feel good to run hard in that many events. You can’t have any aches or pains.”

Caicedo clocked in a time of 8.26 in the women’s 60m hurdles during her first-place finish, while she finished fourth in the 60m dash, registering a personal-best 7.55.

Chepkosgei ran a 2:11.95 in the women’s 800m, crossing the finish line first. She also won bronze in the women’s mile, recording a time of 4:48.39.

Chantoba Bright displayed another stellar showing, as the sophomore sensation won silver in the women’s triple jump (12.94m).

Smith clocked in a 7.94, good for silver in the men’s 60m hurdles.

Benjamin Coronado finished fourth in the men’s shot put (16.23m), while Sah-Jay Stevens placed sixth (13.86m) on the women’s side.

Kenneth Talavera finished in sixth place, clocking in a personal-best 4:12.20 in the men’s mile.

Flournoy placed seventh in the men’s 200m, recording a time of 21.83.

C-USA honors UTEP’s Bright, Chepkosgei and Koncos Athletes of the Week

DALLAS – For the second time this season a trio of UTEP track and field student-athletes were named the Conference USA Indoor Athletes of the Week presented by Top of the World as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.

The UTEP ladies swept the weekly honors as sophomore Chantoba Bright was name the female field athlete of the week and Carolyn Chepkosgei the female track athlete of the week. Redshirt junior Karol Koncos was named the men’s field athlete of the week.

Bright leaped out to a personal-best 13.28m mark in the women’s triple jump and placing second at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico. The Wismar Linden, Guyana, product posted the no. 1 mark in C-USA and 14th best nationally.

For Bright, it’s her second honor in as many weeks in the triple jump.

Overall, it’s third indoor athlete of the week honor this season and fourth of her career. Bright earned her first of the season on Jan. 28 after winning the long jump at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational. She earned her second of the season on Feb. 23 after winning her first career triple jump event at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

Chepkosgei posted a 2:07.16 in the women’s 800m at the Iowa State Classic, clocking in the no. 1 time in C-USA and 35th nationally. It’s the first athlete of the week honor for the Kitale, Kenya, product.

Koncos posted a personal-best 20.56m toss in the men’s weight throw and placed first at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. The Vidina, Slovakia, product recorded the no. 1 throw in C-USA and 35th best nationally this past weekend. For Koncos, it’s his second athlete of the week honor of the season and during his career. He first earned his first weekly honor on Jan. 28 after stellar performance at the MKL Invite.

Bright, Chepkosgei, Koncos and the Miners will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to compete at the C-USA Indoor Championships on February 22-23.

UTEP Track & Field completes first day at the Don Kirby Elite

ALBUQUERQUE – The UTEP track and field team produced another successful effort on the first day at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico in the Albuquerque Convention Center on Thursday afternoon.

Karol Koncos highlighted the day as the junior set a personal best in the men’s weight throw, tossing a 20.56m mark and placing first. Benjamin Coronado also set a personal best, recording a 16.25m mark.

Yasmine George clocked a personal-best 56.88 in the women’s 400m, placing 11th.

Madison Gibson ran a personal-best in the women’s 200m, clocking in a 24.69. Geraldy Barron (25.78) and Natalia Roberts (26.31) also posted a personal-bests in the 200m.

Boaz Ronoh recorded an 8:44.65 in the men’s 3000m, finishing fifth.

El Paso native Keith Rodriguez registered a personal-best 4.62 in the men’s pole vault, placing fifth.

A pair of throwers set personal marks in the women’s weight throw. Samantha Cordier posted an 18.05m mark, finishing 10th place, while Sah-Jay Stevens recorded a 17.13m.

Friday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. MT with the men’s and women’s shot put. The final day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay.

Flyin’ Miners to compete at Don Kirby Elite Invitational; Send Runners to Iowa State Classic

The UTEP track and field team will head to Albuquerque, for a third consecutive meet as the Miners will compete at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 13-14.

Three other Miners will travel to Ames to run at the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15.

The Miners will take the track and field with schools such as Oregon, Colorado, UCLA, Utah, California, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, SMU, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Multiple Mountain West programs will make trip as Air Force, Colorado State, Utah State, San Jose State, UNLV, San Diego State and Fresno State will be at the two-day meet.

Stanford, Oregon, Colorado and Washington are ranked eighth through 11th in the latest USTCCCA national women’s rankings, while UNM is ranked 12th. Oregon is ranked 11th and Colorado 17th.

The meet will begin at 1 p.m. MT with the women’s long jump, women’s weight throw and men’s pole vault. The track events begin at 2:30 p.m. with the men’s 400m. Friday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s shot put and track events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the qualifying round of the women’s 60m hurdles.

Both days of the meet will be streamed on FloTrack HERE. Live results will also be available HERE.

Heading to Ames, Iowa, are a trio of distance runners. Titus Cheruiyot and Rodgers Korir will compete in the 5K, while Carolyne Chepkosgei will run the 800m.

Live results for the Iowa State Classic will be available HERE, while it will be streamed on FloTrack HERE.

At last week’s New Mexico Collegiate Classic saw multiple Miners set personal bests, highlighted by Shakeem Smith’s school-record setting 7.89 in the 60m hurdles. The other Miners to set PB’s were: Kenneth Talavera (800m – 1:54.31), Sam Zambrano (mile – 4:40.21), Titus Cheruiyot (3K – 8:21.93), Kayn Quinones (3K – 9:17.23), Devin Mungro (triple jump – 14.12m), Austin Ondijo (high jump – 1.99m), Benjamin Coronado (shot put – 17.47m), Karol Koncos (weight throw – 20.03), Arturo Ciriza (pole vault – 4.51m), Keith Rodriguez (pole vault – 4.51m), James Flournoy (60m – 7.01), Davion Bynaum (200m – 21.59), Jevaughn Powell (400m – 47.50), Joan Kimaiyo (3K – 11:05.33), Sah-Jay Stevens (weight throw – 15.43m), Samantha Cordier (weight throw – 15.43m), Maribel Caicedo (60m – 7.67, 60m hurdles – 8.37), Jasmine George (400m – 57.47), Johna Diggs (200m – 26.43) and Natalia Roberts (200m – 26.62).

TFRRS Updated Results  UTEP MEN   |    UTEP WOMEN

C-USA Announces UTEP’s Chantoba Bright Female Field Athlete of the Week

DALLAS – Chantoba Bright’s sophomore campaign is off to a shining start as she was named the Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Week presented by Top of the World the league announced on Tuesday.

Bright won her first ever triple jump event, leaping out to a 12.98m mark at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on February 8. Her distance was ranked 20th nationally, while it ranked second in the conference.

The weekly indoor honor is Bright’s second of the season and third overall during her career.

She was named the indoor athlete of the week on January 28 following her first-place finish in the long jump (6.01m) at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational.

Bright’s career results via TFRRS.

The Miners will return to the track and field on February 13-14 at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico.

The C-USA Championships will follow on February 22-23 in Birmingham.

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.

FINAL RESULTS LINK: http://www.liverunningresults.com/events/unmcc20/

Flyin’ Miners return to action at New Mexico Collegiate Classic

After a week off, the UTEP track and field team will make its second return to Albuquerque to compete at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on February 7-8 in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Friday’s events will start at 3 p.m. MT with the women’s weight throw and will conclude at 7:50 p.m. with the women’s 200m.

Saturday’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the men’s “A” pole vault and women’s shot put, and will end at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay.

Both days will be streamed on FloTrack and live results will be available HERE.

The Miners will be competing alongside host New Mexico in which the Lobo women are ranked 12th in the latest rankings. The weekend will also include Alabama, Kentucky (ranked seventh on the women’s side and 15th for the men), Texas (men’s team ranked third, women ranked fourth), UCLA (men ranked 22nd), Texas Tech (ranked 21st in the men’s rankings and 23rd in the women’s rankings), Arizona State, San Diego State and UNLV.

UTEP last competed at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque on January 24-25.

Multiple Miners set personal bests as Sean Bailey clocked a 46.51 in the 400m, Cory Calvani recorded a 1:33.66 in the 600m, Sam Zambrano ran a 4:50.47 in the mile run, Titus Cheruiyot registered an 8:28.00 in the 3000m and Rodgers Korir (8:32.90) in the same event, and Benjamin Coronado tossed a 15.94m in the shot put on the men’s side.

Setting personal bests for the women at the MLK Invite were Natalia Roberts who clocked in a 26.98 in the 200m, Aphiniti Crupper recorded a 1:02.41 in the 400m, Joan Kimaiyo tallied a 11:26.64 in the 3000m, Cierra Chenault tossed a 11.65m in the in the shot put, and Samantha Cordier registered a 16.98m in the weight throw.

The Miners will return to Albuquerque for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational on February 13-14 and the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15. The Conference USA Championships will follow on February 22-23 in Birmingham, Alabama.

C-USA announces UTEP’s Bailey, Bright and Koncos T&F Athletes of the Week

DALLAS – UTEP earned a trio of Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week presented by Top of the World the league announced on Tuesday.

Senior Sean Bailey, sophomore Chantoba Bright and redshirt junior Karol Koncos competed at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico with much success this past weekend.

Bailey was named the C-USA Male Track Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career after posting a personal-best 46.51 in the 400m at the MLK Invite. The Spanish Town, Jamaica, product registered the no. 1 time in C-USA, while it ranked seventh nationally.

Bright was named the C-USA Female Field Athlete of the Week after winning her first collegiate event, leaping to a 6.01 in the long jump. The Wismar Linden, Guyana, product recorded the longest leap in C-USA. It’s Bright’s second career indoor athlete of the week honor.

Koncos was named the C-USA Male Field Athlete of the Week, the first during his career, after hurling a 19.97m in the weight throw. The native of Vidina, Slovakia, tossed the longest weight throw in C-USA.

The Miners will return to action at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque February 7-8.

Smith breaks 20-year old Program Record; Chepkosgei, Cheruiyot grab 1st-Place on Final Day at Corky Classic

LUBBOCK – The UTEP track and field team completed its first indoor event with a successful Saturday showing at the Texas Tech Corky Classic in the Sports Performance Center.

Shakeem Smith broke a 20-year old UTEP indoor track and field record, clocking in a personal-best 7.90 in the men’s 60m hurdles and finishing third in the final.

The senior broke Lee Mays’s mark of 7.91. Smith posted a 7.96 in the first round of 60m hurdles, placing first. Smith’s previous was PR was a 7.95 at last year’s Conference USA Championships.

“Typical opener for the season, mixed bag. We got a little bit of everything,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “The men’s team definitely looked better than a year ago. We even got one school record which is unusual in a first meet of the year. We’re proud of Shakeem Smith, who broke a 20-year old school record in the 60m hurdles.”

The men dominated the 3000m with the top-three finishers. Budding star freshman Titus Cheruiyot took gold, recording a time of 8:42.53. Teammates Rodgers Korir (8:44.44) and Boaz Ronoh (8:47.70) took silver and bronze, respectively.

On the women’s side, Carolyn Chepkosgei raced out to a first-place finish in the women’s 800m, clocking in a time of 2:12.22.

Samantha Cordier registered a personal-best toss of 15.50 in the weight throw, while Chantoba Bright recorded a 12.95 in the triple jump, securing a second-place finish.

Freshman Davion Bynaum, who competed in his first collegiate event, posted a 6.79, finishing tied for sixth in the 60m first round. Bynaum followed with a fifth-place showing in the 60m final, beating his first time with a 6.77.

Freshman Yasmine George also competed in her first collegiate event, finishing seventh in the 400m with a time of 58.44.

Michael Sims clocked personal-best 4:34.72 in the mile. Maribel Caicedo placed seventh in the first round of the women’s 60m hurdles, registering an 8.68 and advancing to the finals.

Emilio Rios tied his personal best with a 1.97 lead in the men’s high jump, while freshman Markiet Loggins recorded the same mark. Austin Ondijo also registered a 1.97.

In the women’s 4x400m, George, along with Madison Gibson, Aphiniti Cupper and Natalia Roberts, posted a 3:58.45, while on the men’s side, Sean Bailey, Jevaughn Powell, James Flournoy and Smith clocked in a 3:16.42 for a seventh-place finish.

“It’s going to be a quick turnaround for us, as we travel to Albuquerque for out next indoor competition this coming Thursday. I’m expecting more of our athletes to get it going there.”

Up next,  UTEP will take the track at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque on Jan. 24-25.

UTEP Track & Field Completes First Day at Corky Classic

LUBBOCK – The UTEP Track & Field team completed a successful first day at the Texas Tech Corky Classic Friday evening at the Sports Performance Center.

“It was a good first day of competition,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “These results were positive and should set us up going forward this season. I’m looking forward to Saturday’s events.”

Rodgers Korir captured a first-place finish in the 5000m, clocking a time of 15:06.44, while teammate Boaz Ronah was right behind him, recording a time of 15:22.24.

Senior Sean Bailey raced out to a second-place finish in the 600y, recording a time of 1:09.95. Bailey improved his time from last season’s Corky Classic (1:10.07).

Senior Madison Gibson took third in the 200m, clocking a time of 25.01.

UTEP was top-heavy in the men’s 200m, as Davion Bynaum finished in second (21.63). James Flournoy (21.73) and Jevaughn Powell (21.73) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Carolyne Chepkosgei clocked in a personal-best time of 2:52.50 in the 1000m, crossing the finish line second.

In the men’s 1000m, Kenneth Talavera finished in second, clocking a time of 2:31.31. Texas Tech’s Alfred Chawonza edged out Talavera with a time of 2:31.29. Titus Cheruiyot finished in fourth, registering of time of 2:31.51.

Devin Mungro finished with the longest leap in the long jump, recording a 6.90.

The Corky Classic will continue on Saturday; live results are available via this website.

Flyin’ Miners head to Lubbock to open Indoor Season at the Texas Tech Corky Classic

The 2020 indoor season will commence for the UTEP Track & Field team on Friday, January 17 at the Texas Tech Corky Classic at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock.

This season year’s meet is a two-day event continuing through Saturday, Jan. 18.

The Corky Classic will start up Friday afternoon with the field events as the weight throw and pole vault B sections (women followed by men) will start at 4 p.m. CT. The long jump B section will begin at 5 p.m. CT. The running events will start with the women’s 3000m B section run at 5 p.m. CT, while the men will take the course at 5:30 for its 3000m B section competition.

For Saturday, the field events will begin at 11 a.m. CT with the weight throw and pole vault A sections.

Competing for the Miners this weekend on the men’s side are Sean Baily (600y, 4x400m), Davion Bynaum (60m, 200m), Cory Calvani (600m), Titus Cheruiyot (1000m, 3000m), Arturo Ciriza (pole vault), Benjamin Coronado (shot put, weight throw), Alek Duran (1000m, 3000m), James Flournoy (200m, 400m, 4x400m), Cornelius Kapel (1000m, 3000m), Rodgers Korir (3000m, 5000m), Markiet Loggins (high jump), Devin Mungro (long jump, triple jump), Austin Ondijo (high jump), Jevaughn Powell (200m, 4x400m), Kayn Quinones (3000m), Emilio Rios (high jump), Holden Rivera (60m hurdles), Keith Rodriguez (pole vault), Boaz Ronoh (3000m, 5000m), Michael Sims (1000m, mile), Shakeem Smith (60m hurdles, 4x400m), Kenneth Talavera (1000m) and Samuel Zambrano (3000m).

On the women’s side are Geraldy Barron (60m, 200m), Chantoba Bright (long jump, triple jump), Maribel Caicedo (60m hurdles), Cierra Chenault (shot put, weight throw), Carolyne Chepkosgie (800m, 1000m), Linda Cheruiyot (3000m), Samantha Cordier (shot put, weight throw), Aphiniti Crupper (200m, 4x400m), Karoline Daland (1000m), Johna Diggs (60m, 200m), Yasmine George (400m, 4x400m), Madison Gibson (200m, 4x400m), Carshaylah Harrison (60m hurdles), Madeline Jones (60m, 200m), Joan Kimaiyo (3000m), Kayla Larry (shot put, weight throw), Andrea Lucero (1000m), Natalia Roberts (200m, 4x400m) and Sah-Jay Stevens (shot put, weight throw).

UTEP saw success at last year’s event, as Chepkosgei finished in first in the 1000m, notching a person-best time of 2:53.74. Ronoh, Korir and Kapel finished one, two and three, respectively in the 3000m run, while Koncos headed the field in the weight throw, tallying a long-toss of 18.54m.

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Flyin’ Miners Gear Up for C-USA Indoor Championships

The UTEP track and field team is geared up for the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday and Sunday.

The meet will kick off on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. MT with the pentathlon. Rebecca Oshinbanjo will represent the Miners in the pentathlon and will also take the track in the 60m hurdles prelims at 3:55 p.m. The pentathlon will included the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m.

On the field Saturday, Etamar Bhastekar will compete in the pole vault at 3 p.m. The sophomore currently ranks fourth in the league with a personal-best clearance of 5.18m, which was registered at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational (Feb. 9).

Teammate Karol Koncos will take the field at the same time in the men’s weight throw. The sophomore missed last indoor season due to an injury, but has made his way to the top of the leaderboard by rating fourth in C-USA. The thrower has posted two second-place finishes and one win during the regular season. His season-best mark is 18.87m, recorded at the New Mexico Classic (Feb. 2).

Freshman standout Chantoba Bright will be competing in the second flight of the long jump at approximately 3 p.m. In her first indoor season, Bright has made a name for herself by ranking fifth and sixth in the UTEP record book in the long and triple jump, respectively. The jumper also ranks third in C-USA in the long jump with a mark of 6.14m notched at the Don Kirby (Feb. 9). The freshman will return on Sunday to compete in the triple jump at 1 p.m. She currently sits in the No. 3 spot in the event with a leap of 12.77m, which was set at the New Mexico Classic.

On the men’s side, Darius King will be the only Miner competing in the long jump at 5:30 p.m. and triple jump on Sunday at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, the running events will start with the women’s mile trials at 3:15 p.m., which will feature Lilian Koech and Carolyne Chepkosgei. The duo returns to the track after a stellar showing at the Vanderbilt Music City Challenge. Koech and Chepkosgei hold the top-two spots in C-USA in the mile. They also rate second and third in the league in the 800m. They will return to the track in the 800m trials at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday. The finals for the mile and 800m will take place on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. On Sunday, both will race in the 3,000m at 2:15 p.m.

Four Miners (Carshaylah Harrison, Oshinbanjo, Kimisha Chambers and Maribel Caicedo) will take the track in the women’s 60m hurdles prelims at 3:55 p.m. Chambers leads the group, ranking fourth in C-USA with a mark of 8.49 registered at the season opener. Senior Oshinbanjo trails closely behind, rating seventh in the league in the event. The top individual from each heat plus the next five best times will advance to the finals on Sunday at 12:40 p.m.

In the evening, UTEP will race in the men’s 400m prelims which are set to start at 4:50 p.m. Junior Sean Bailey heads into the race ranked third in C-USA and 42nd nationally with a time of 46.86. The top eight times will advance to the finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The sprinter will also compete in the men’s 200m on Saturday at 6 p.m. It will be the first time this indoor season that Bailey races in the 200m.

On Sunday, the meet will resume with the men’s shot put at 10 a.m. Freshman Iason Machairas and sophomore Benjamin Coronado will represent the Orange and Blue. Machairas rates third in C-USA with a toss of 17.26m, which was posted at the New Mexico Classic (Feb. 2). Teammate Coronado checks in at sixth in the league with a mark of 15.75m.

The C-USA Championships will conclude with the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays, which are set to start at 2:40 p.m.

Live coverage and live results will be available on championship central. On Sunday, coverage will be streamed on CUSA.TV and will switch to ESPN+ starting at 1 p.m.

Three Miners Etch Their Names in the Record Books

College Station, Texas – Two freshmen (Brittney Trought/60m hurdles and Jonah Koech/800m run) and a sophomore (Lilian Koech/mile) etched their names in the UTEP history book with top-five program performances in their respective events; Trought took gold while Lilian Koech and Jonah Koech took bronze.

“Very excited about some of our young athletes and what they accomplished,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “Winny (Koech) beat one of the best runners in C-USA today (Cali Roper-Rice). Cali has been a force in our conference for a while and to beat her head to head says something.“

The women’s team scored a total of 64 points to finish fifth behind schools such as Texas A&M (144 points), Arkansas (102 points), Clemson (93 points) and Baylor (66 points). The men’s team was only able to mustard 14 team points and placed 11th.

Trought clocked an initial time of 8.54 in the prelims and then followed that up with an outstanding personal best time of 8.36 in the finals to win gold. Her time in the finals is the fastest in Conference USA this year and ranks fifth all-time in program history. Freshman Tobi Amusan wasn’t too far off of Trought’s pace and clocked times of 8.64 (prelims) and 8.60 (finals) to garner bronze.

“She (Trought) has been very impressive since joining the team,” Laaksonen noted. “Winning gold as a freshman with a time of 8.36 is very special.”

Lilian Koech dazzled in the mile run with a blazing personal best time of 4:44.71 to finish in third place. The sophomore’s time ranks No. 1 in C-USA by more than five seconds and is the fourth fastest in UTEP history.

Jonah Koech nearly fell at the start of the 800m run, but he recomposed himself to finish with a solid time of 1:49.14. His time earned him bronze behind the NCAA leader Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M). Koech’s mark ranks second in C-USA this year and is the fifth-best 800m time ever run indoors for a UTEP runner. Daniel Tarango picked up a personal best time in the 800m run with a readout of 1:53.66 to finish 11th in a field of 28 runners.

“Jonah did respectfully in his first 800m run,” Laaksonen acknowledged. “I don’t think it was what he was expecting. The 800m run is a very tactical race and he has never run indoors before, so it will only get better from here.”

Winny Koech captured gold in the 3,000m run with a personal best time of 9:36.41 to beat a field of 21 runners. Her time is the fastest in C-USA this year and is the seventh fastest in program history. Fellow Kenyan Gladys Jerotich earned herself a personal best with a time of 10:01.31 to place seventh in the 3,000m run. On the men’s side, Antony Kosgei registered a personal best with a readout of 8:23.75 in the 3,000m run to place seventh.

In the field events, UTEP had four strong showings. Senior Nickevea Wilson launched herself 12.54m (41-1.75) in the triple jump to secure silver. Sophomore Tyler Ragin collected a personal best with a bound of 5.62m (18-5.25) in the long jump on her way to a fifth-place showing.

In the throws, Samantha Hall recorded a personal best in the shot put (13.62m/44-8.25) to finish seventh. Fayon Gonzales picked up a fourth-place finish in the weight throw with a heave of 17.45m (57-3.00).

Sven Zellner won his 60m hurdle prelim heat with a time of 8.29 and he followed that up with a 8.18 in the finals to place sixth.

In the 400m dash, Ada Benjamin (55.11) and Florence Uwakwe (55.93) finished eighth and 15th respectively in a field of 42 athletes. Imani Adams (57.12) and Dreshanae Rolle (57.73) both clocked personal bests.

In the first event of the day, three Miners recorded personal bests in the 60m dash; Amusan ran a 7.69, Alexis Roberts clocked an 8.03 and Rebecca Oshinbanjo ran a 8.20 in her UTEP debut, but no athlete was able to advance to the finals.

A majority of the Miners will head to Albuquerque, N.M. next weekend and a select few distance runners will head to Seattle, Wash., for their final tune up before the C-USA Championships (Feb. 24-25).

Flyin’ Miners off to Texas A&M For Charlie Thomas Invitational

The UTEP track and field squad will head to College Station this weekend for the Texas A&M Charlie Thomas Invitational on Friday and Saturday. 32 athletes (23 women and nine men) will make the trek to compete against some top-notch competition.

Teams in attendance will be Texas A&M, Abilene Christian, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Rice, South Plains CC, TCU, UT-Arlington and UTSA.

The two-day meet will feature a plethora of All American caliber athletes for the Miners to test their skills against. Day one will feature the DMR’s, 5,000m runs, heptathlon and pentathlon.

Only three athletes will compete on day one. Newcomer Kayla Pallares, an El Paso CC transfer, will make her debut in the 5,000m run at 6 p.m. (MT). Evans Kiprono will run the men’s 5,000m run at 6:25 p.m. Lucia Mokrasova will compete in the pentathlon on Friday; this will be her first full pentathlon since arriving in El Paso.

Saturday will be a much busier slate for the Orange and Blue with 29 athletes in action. The fivesome of Tobi Amusan, Rebecca Oshinbanjo (debut), Tyler Ragin,Israel Ramsay and Alexis Roberts will be running in the 60m dash at 11:30 a.m. (MT). Roberts (200m dash/2:55 p.m.) and Amusan (60m hurdles/12 p.m.) will be pulling double duty.

Bria Love and Brittney Trougth will join Amusan in the 60m hurdles.

On the men’s side, Isak Washington will double up in the 60m dash and 200m dash. The triumvirate of Jonah Koech, Daniel Tarango andEsteban Montanez will run the 800 at 3:42 p.m. Sven Zellner will look to continue his solid season in the 60m hurdles with the prelims taking place at 1:00 p.m.

Five women will run in the 400m dash at 2:40 p.m.: the athletes are Florence Uwakwe, Ada Benjamin, Yanique Bennett, Imani Adams andDreshanae Rolle. The only male to compete in the 400m dash this weekend will be Carnell Horn.

Brittney Adams will look to improve upon her personal best of 2:17.00 in the 800m run (2:30 p.m.). Lilian Koech and Truphena Sum will look to run together and have a solid showing in the mile.

The Miners will trot out Antony Kosgei (8:31.57), Gladys Jerotich (10:19.05) and Winny Koech (10:11.75), all whom set personal bests two weekends ago in Albuquerque, in the 3,000m run.

In the field events, both Ragin and Ramsay will be long jumping while Nickevea Wilson, who ranks 14th in the country in the triple jump, will look to improve her mark in that event.

Samantha Hall (shot put), Adebola Akomolafe (weight throw), Fayon Gonzales (weight throw) and Kevin Rincon (weight throw) will round out the participants for the Miners.

The Miners will close out the meet with the women’s 4x400m relay at 4:05 p.m. (MT).

Live stats will be available at flashresults.com and for live updates, follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

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