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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.

UTEP’s Benjamin and Wilson Named C-USA Athletes of the Week

Irving, Texas – Ada Benjamin and Nickevea Wilson were named the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week on Tuesday by the conference offices for their performance at the Lumberjack Team Challenge last weekend in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Wilson debuted for the 2016 season with a strong showing in her best event, the triple jump. The senior out-jumped nine other athletes on her way to securing gold.

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Ada Benjamin

On her first jump of the event, the Jamaican nailed a mark of 12.96m (42-6.25), which was the winning distance.

Her mark is the fourth longest in the country and the best in C-USA. This is Wilson’s second-career

Nickevea Wilson
Nickevea Wilson

C-USA Indoor Athlete of the Week honor.

Benjamin dashed to an altitude-converted 400m dash time of 54.64 to secure second place in a field of 38 runners.

Benjamin’s time was the seventh fastest in program history and currently ranks 13th in the NCAA. This is Benjamin’s first-career C-USA Athlete of the Week award.

The women’s team went 5-2 in the dual meet scoring defeating Arizona, San Diego State, UC Irvine, Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.

The Miners are back in action this weekend at the Cherry & Silver Invitational (Friday and Saturday) in Albuquerque, N.M.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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