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.