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UTEP Cross Country to compete at NCAA Mountain Region Championships

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.

Links: MEET CENTRAL | FLO-TRACK STREAM | RESULTS

Miners Head to NCAA Mountain Region Championships

The UTEP cross country team is heading to Provo, Utah, to compete at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships at the East Bay Golf Course on Friday.

The women’s team will take the course first in the 6K run at 11 a.m. MT, followed by the men’s 10K race set for 12 p.m.

Five of the 20 women’s Mountain Region teams head into this week’s meet nationally ranked (No. 1 New Mexico, No. 4 Colorado, No. 9 BYU, No. 22 Southern Utah and No. 28 Northern Arizona).

The women are coming off a stellar showing at the 2018 Conference USA Championships. The Miners claimed their first conference title in program history with four of the top-six spots on the leaderboard.

Leading the way for UTEP was junior Linda Cheruiyot, who took the conference crown with a time of 16:56.12 in the 5K. She was the first Miner to win the C-USA individual title since 2012.

Teammate Winny Koech was closely behind Cheruiyot, notching a second-place finish at the conference championships. The junior won the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational with a time of 20:00.9 in the 6K.

Carolyne Chepkosgei and Lilian Koech have been consistent runners for the Miners. Chepkosgei earned C-USA first-team honors and registered a fifth-place finish of 20:19.5 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in the 6K. Koech garnered conference first-team recognition with a time of 17:15.86.

Six of the 17 men’s Mountain Region teams will enter the meet nationally ranked (No. 1 Northern Arizona, No. 2 BYU, No. 8 Colorado, No. 13 Air Force, No. 14 Colorado State and No. 18 Wyoming.)

Leading the way for the men is freshman Boaz Ronoh, who finished second overall at the C-USA Championships with a time of 24:11.38 in the 8K.

Also highlighting the men’s squad is Rodgers Korir. The freshman clocked in a personal best of 24:12.9 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in the 8K. He also received C-USA first-team honors after posting a fifth-place finish at the conference meet.

Teams that finish first and second in each region automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships while the remaining teams await the decision concerning 13 national at-large bids. The at-large selection is determined through a review of regular-season competition and finish at regional championships.

After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. Among individuals not selected as members of qualifying teams in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional meet are automatically selected (each must have finished within the top 25 of the region).

At-large selection: Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool (and must have finished in the regional top 25) as at-large individuals.

The race will be streamed online at FloTrack.org. Live stats, the course map and other general information can be found on  byucougars.com

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