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UTEP’s Koech Earns Second C-USA Female Athlete of the Week

Junior Winny Koech garnered her second Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week honor, the league announced on Tuesday.

The Kenya native clocked in a season-best time of 17:16.58 in the 5K race on Saturday.

The Miners crossed the finish line first, second, third and fourth claiming the team title at the Lori Fitzgerald Open with 38 points.

This is the second win of the season for Koech and the second team victory. This marks the third time that the distance runner receives C-USA Female Athlete of the Week honors.

The Orange and Blue will travel to South Bend, In., on Sept. 28 for the Joe Piane Invitational.

UTEP Women’s Cross Country Team Finishes First at Lori Fitzgerald Open

Las Cruces – The UTEP women’s cross country team finished first with a total of 38 points at the Lori Fitzgerald Open on Saturday morning.

The Miners crossed the finish line first, second, third and fourth. Winny Koech once again led the group, taking first with a time of 17:16.58 in the 5K. This is the second consecutive meet that the junior has won.

Teammates Lilian Koech and Linda Cheruiyot followed with times of 17:33.62 and 17:35.52, respectively.

Carolyne Chepkosgei snagged fourth place with a time of 17:40.47. The fifth Miner to clock in was Destiny White.

On the men’s side, freshman Rodgers Korir took second with a personal best of 22:00.41 in the 7K. This was Korir’s first meet of his collegiate career.

Teammate Cornelius Kapel registered a third-place showing with a time of 22:12.69. Freshman Boaz Ronoh finished 15th in the field with a time of 23:37.22. Freshman Isaiah Page posted a readout of 24:10.06.

The young men’s team finished fourth overall.

The Miners will be back on the course on Sept. 28 at the highly-competitive Joe Piane Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Miners to Co-Host Lori Fitzgerald Open

The UTEP cross country team will head to Las Cruces, N.M. to co-host the Lori Fitzgerald Open on Saturday at the NMSU track and intramural fields.

The men’s team will open the meet in the 7K at 7:45 a.m. MT, followed by the women’s 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Also participating in the meet is New Mexico, NM State, Western New Mexico and El Paso Community College. The women’s team will go head-to-head for the second time this season against UNM. The Lobos claimed the 2017 NCAA Championship and rank first in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) national coaches’ poll.

The Miner women’s team comes into the race after claiming a first-place finish at the Lobo Invitational. Winny Koech led the team, clocking in a time of 17:42.7 in the 5K to finish first overall. Teammate Lilian Koech followed with a second-place showing, posting a time of 17:57.3.

Linda Cheruiyot took third, while Carolyne Chepkosgei notched a fourth-place result with a personal best of 18:05.9 at the Lobo Invitational.

Sophomore’s Andrea Lucero and Destiny White will also be competing for the Miners this weekend.

The men’s team opened the season with a second-place team finish. Sophomore Cornelius Kapel led the Miners with a seventh-place finish at the Lobo Invitational with a personal best of 16:00.3 in the 5K. Freshman Boaz Ronoh took eighth with a time of 16:07.4.

Also competing for the men’s team will be Rodgers Korir, Isaiah Page, Daniel Maes, Edgar Gonzalez, Allan Ortiz and Michael Sims.

UTEP Women’s Cross Country Team Claims First at Lobo Invitational

Albuquerque – The UTEP women’s cross country team opened the season with a first-place victory at the Lobo Invitational on Saturday.

The women finished first, second, third and fourth to secure a team score of 24 points. Leading the way was All-American Winny Koech posting a time of 17:42.7, followed by senior Lilian Koech clocking in at 17:57.3.

Closely behind Koech was junior Linda Cheruiyot with a time of 17:58.8 and sophomore Carolyne Chepkosgei with a personal best of 18:05.9. Rounding out the women’s team was sophomore Destiny White.

Leading the way for the men’s team is sophomore Cornelius Kapel with a seventh-place finish with a time of 16:00.3. Freshman Boaz Ronoh followed with an eighth-place showing with a time of 16:07.4.

Senior Antony Kosgei clocked in a time of 16:25.1 to finish 13th overall.

The Miners will co-host the Lori Fitzgerald Open on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Las Cruces, N.M

UTEP Men’s Cross Country Picked to Finish Fifth, Women Seventh in C-USA

IRVING, Texas – The UTEP men’s cross country team was picked to finish fifth for the 2018 season in the Conference USA preseason poll, while the women’s team was picked to finish seventh as announced by the league office Wednesday.

The men’s cross country team will go into the season with three returners and six newcomers; the Miners notched one first-place vote in the poll.

Among those returnees is senior Anthony Kosgei, who finished ninth overall at the C-USA Championships last season. He earned All-C-USA second-team honors by clocking in a time of 24:45.9 in the 8K run. He also was named to the 2017 All-C-USA Academic Team by sporting a 3.42 GPA in industrial engineering.

On the women’s side, the Miners return experience on the course with six returners and only one newcomer.

Standout Winny Koech will lead the Miners this season. The All-American claimed a silver medal at the C-USA Championships with a time of 16:38.6 in the 5K. She went on to finish 19th at the NCAA Championships with a personal-best time of 19:53.7 in the 6K.

Also adding depth to the women’s team is Lilian Koech. The senior received All-C-USA first-team honors with a time of 17:19.1 in the 5K. She posted a personal-best clocking of 20:22.4 in the 6K at the Adidas DI Pre-Nationals meet.

UTEP is set to start the season at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Winny Koech Earns All-America at NCAA Championship

Louisville, Ky – UTEP’s Winny Koech finished the 2017 season with a top-20 finish at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, early Saturday morning.

Koech ran a personal-best 6K time of 19:53.7 to finish 19th overall in a competitive field of 255 runners. The Kenya native improved from last year’s showing when she finished 92nd with a time of 20:47.8.

Finishing in the top-40 earned her first career All-American honor and is the first Miner to receive first team honors since Risper Kimaiyo (2012) who finished fifth overall.

Keoch led the Miners in each race this year with notable performances at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (16:55.6/27th), Adidas DI Pre-Nationals (20:03.3/10th), she registered a second-place showing at the league championships with a time of 16:38.6 and notched a fourth-place finishing at the NCAA Mountain Regional Meet.

Fans can follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and on Instagram for live updates and results.

UTEP’s Antony Kosgei Named to Third-Consecutive C-USA All-Academic Team

Irving, Texas – UTEP cross country’s Antony Kosgei was voted to the Conference USA All-Academic team on Thursday morning. Kosgei was awarded for his notable performance in the classroom and impressive athleticism on the course.

The three-time first team all-conference honoree, Kosgei dons a 3.42 while studying industrial engineering. The junior standout has competed in all seven competitions for the Orange and Blue this season, taking first place in a dual meet against Texas Tech and garnered three second-place finishes.

The Eldoret, Kenya, native is coming off a ninth-place finish at the C-USA Championship on Oct. 28. Following his performance in Hattiesburg, Miss., Kosgei will be a factor on the course as the Miners are set to run in the 10K event at the Mountain Regionals on Friday, Nov. 10 in Logan, Utah.

The 2017 C-USA All-Academic Team is made up of 12 total athletes (six males and six female) who are able to maintain a GPA of a 3.2 or higher, and contribute influential success to their respective team’s efforts.

Fans can follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and on Instagram for live updates and results.

Miner Women Seventh, Men Ninth at C-USA Championships

Clinton, Ms. – The UTEP men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the 2017 Conference USA Championships Saturday morning in Clinton, Ms.

Sophomore Winny Koech took silver at the 2017 Conference USA Championships Saturday morning. The women’s team placed seventh in the 5K race, while the men finished ninth, running in the 8K race.

Leading the women’s team was sophomore Winny Koech and junior Lilian Koech. Winny Koech claimed second-place with a season-best time of 16:38.5, while Lilian notched a fourth-place showing with a time of 17:19.96. Winny Koech received her second career All-C-USA first team honor, while Lilian received her first career All-C-USA first team honors.

Sophomore Linda Cheruiyot stopped the clock at 17:55.12 to place 16th overall and earned all-conference third team honors.

Rounding out the squad were the three freshmen, Andrea Lucero, Carolyne Chepkosgei and Destiny White. Lucero clocked a personal-best 19:22.84, while Chepkosgei followed with a time of 20:20.28 and White notched a personal-best 20:57.90.

The women’s team finished with 158 points to place seventh in the 13-team field. The Miners finished above FIU (215 points), UTSA (232 points), Florida Atlantic (272 points), Marshall (281 points) LA Tech (347 points) and WKU (365 points).

On the men’s side, sophomore Antony Kosgei finished ninth overall with a season-best 24:45.83 in a field of 77 runners.

Kosgei received second team honors.

Freshman Cornelius Kapel finished second for the Miners, clocking a personal-best time of 25:19.84 taking 20th overall. Kapel was named to the third team.

Allen Ortiz made his debut for the Orange and Blue, stopping the clock at 30:27.25, followed by Esteban Montanez (30:55.76), Carvellion Horn (37:03.68) and Asa Guevara (40:44.88).

The men’s team tallied 234 points, which were good for ninth in the 11-team field. The Miners finished ahead of Florida Atlantic (264 points) and FIU (313 points).

Up next the Miners compete at the NCAA Mountain Regional in Logan, Utah on Friday, Nov. 10.

Miners Prepare for Dual Meet Against Texas Tech

The UTEP men’s cross country team will finish the regular season with a dual meet against Texas Tech this Saturday at the Mae Simmons Park starting at 8:30 a.m. MT.

Making the trip will be juniors Antony Kosgei, Esteban Montanez, sophomore Carvellion Horn, freshman Cornelius Kapel and senior Asa Guevara.

Kosgei is coming off a top-25 finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet last week with an 8K time of 24:59.4. He was the sixth runner from the Mountain Region to cross the finish line.

Kapel will be a big factor for the Miners as the team inches closer to the Conference USA Championships on Oct. 28 in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Kenya native earned C-USA Athlete of the Week honor back on Sept. 12 for his performance at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational, where he captured gold in a time of 20:05.6.

Fans can follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and Instagram for live updates and results.

UTEP’s Koech Earns Top 10 Finish At Pre-Nationals

Louisville, Ky – UTEP sophomore Winny Koech notched an impressive 10th-place finish at the NCAA Divsion I Pre-National Invitational Saturday morning at the E.P. “Tom Sawyer” State Park, hosted by Louisville.

“Winny had a very impressive performance today,” head coach Paul Ereng said. ” She didn’t have a very good start to the season but with this performance she showed she is among the elite in the country.”

Koech completed the women’s 6K race with a time of 20:03.3 in a competitive field of 288 runners. Teammate Lilian Koech followed by finishing in 26th overall, clocking a time of 20:23.1.

Sophomore Linda Cheruiyot clocked a season-best 21:12.2 to finish 100th overall. Closing out the race for the Miners were the three freshmen, Andrea Lucero (24:52.8), Carolyne Chepkosgei (24:57.6) and Destiny White (28:08.1).

The women’s team finished 28th overall in a field of 43 teams, recording a total score of 693.

On the men’s side, Antony Kosgei led the Miners by notching a 22nd-place finish with a time of 24:49.1. Freshman Cornelius Kapel garnered a 32nd-place finish (24:59.4) in his Pre-National Invitational debut.

Closing out the men’s 8K race were Carvellion Horn (39:13.0) and Asa Guevara (40:52.0).

The Orange and Blue will return to action on Oct. 28 for the Conference USA Championship in Hattiesburg, Miss.

UTEP Cross Country Prepares to Compete at Pre-Nationals

The UTEP men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to take the field to compete at the NCAA Division I Pre-National Invitational this Saturday.

The Miners are ready to jump back into action, joining 62 men’s teams and 69 women’s teams from across the nation.

Hosted by Louisville, the meet will take place at the E.P. “Tom Sawyer” State Park in Louisville, Ky. The action will start with the men’s 8K Blue race at 7:55 a.m. MT.

Last year’s showing saw the men’s team clinch a sixth-place finish overall with a total of 258 points, just finishing outside the top five by three points to then-ranked No. 13 Indiana (255 points). Junior Antony Kosgei makes his return to national meet after an impressive performance capturing 10th place in a time of 24:13.1. Sophomore Michael Saruni finished 32nd overall clocking a time of 24:35.5.

Freshman Cornelius Kapel will make his debut at the national stage for the Orange and Blue. The freshman showed he can compete at this stage after his performance at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, garnering 26th overall with a time of 25:28.6.

Competing for the women’s team will be Lilian Koech, Winny Koech, Linda Cheruiyot and three freshmen Andrea Lucero, Destiny White and Carolyne Chepkosgei.

Winny Koech boasted an impressive performance at last year’s stint as she led the Miners during her first career 6K race, cruising to a third-place finish with a time of 20:57.6. in a course of 167 runners.

Lilian Koech (21:07.2) and Cheruiyot (21:45.7) also had big performances for the Orange and Blue finishing fifth and 21st, respectively.

Fans can follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and Instagram for live updates and results.

Miners Wrap-up Notre Dame Invitational

South Bend, In – The UTEP women’s cross country team finished with 409 team points, notching 16th overall at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday morning.

“The team performed well, considering where we stand at the moment, “ head coach Paul Ereng said. “This is one of our longer trips this season and that might have had an affect on our runners, but both teams made adjustments and performed well on the course today. This was a good reality check for our team.”

Leading the Miners was sophomore Winny Koech. She kept pace with the top half by running a season-best 16:55.6, earning her 27th overall in a field of 159 competitors. Lilian Koech also clocked a season-best 17:13, finishing 44th overall. Linda Cheruiyot notched 73rd place and tied her season-best time of 1:43.8.

Three freshmen for the Miners closed out the field following closely behind each other. Carolyne Chepkosgei lowered her 5K time down to 20:15.7, followed by Andrea Lucero (21:37.6) and Destiny White (22:03.8).

The Miners edged out Mountain Region foe Weber State by six team points. The Wildcats are ranked No. 10 in the region.

On the men’s side, freshman Cornelius Kapel led the way for the Miners. Kapel crossed the finish 23rd overall with an 8K time of 25:28.6. Antony Kosgei finished nine spots behind Kapel with a time of 25:37.0. Carvellion Horn followed stopping the clock at (40:26.5)

Making their cross country debut was Alejandro Alcazar (40:27.5) and Asa Guevara (49:41.6).

The Orange and Blue will return to action on October 13th for the NCAA Pre National meet in Louisville, Kentucky.

UTEP Cross Country Heads to Notre Dame

The UTEP cross country team is set to travel to the Midwest this weekend to compete at the 62nd-annual Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, In.

The University’s Burke (9-hole) Golf Course will host a total of 51 schools for five races beginning at 11:00 a.m. (MT) on Friday.

This will be the biggest meet of the season thus far for the Miners. The men will take on schools ranked in the top-25 in the nation by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The women’s team will take the course first in the blue division running a 5K race. Making the trip up north will be Lilian Koech, Andrea Lucero, Winny Koech, Carolyne Chepkosgei, Destiny White and Linda Cheruiyot. Lilian Koech is the defending champion. She won last year’s staging by clocking a time of 17:15.6 in running against a field of 222 competitors.

Winny Koech and Cheruiyot return for their second career showing at the Notre Dame Invitational. Cheruiyot crossed the finish line with a time of 17:41.9 to finish 20th overall, followed by Koech (18:02.5) in 46th overall.

Making their first trip to the Hoosier State will be three newcomers for the Miners Lucero, Chepkosgei and White.

The women’s team will face nationally the University of Colorado, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation, along with No. 3 New Mexico, No. 7 North Carolina State and No. 9 Arkansas.

On the men’s side, the team will run an 8K race in the blue division starting at 11:45 a.m. The Miners will compete against nationally-ranked No. 4 Colorado, No. 11 Washington State and No. 13 Southern Utah and 17 other schools.

Junior Antony Kosgei will make his third appearance at the Notre Dame Invitational after a top-10 finish last year finishing with a personal-best time of 23:55.0. Joining Kosgei will be freshman Cornelius Kapel. Kapel has won his last two meets, the last being the NMSU Kachina Classic where he clocked a winning time of 21:21.34 in the 7K.

Asa Guevara and Alejandro Alcazar will make their cross country debut for the Miners.

Fans can follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and Instagram for live updates and results will be posted on DeltaTiming.com.

UTEP’s Kapel Wins Second Consecutive Race

For the second consecutive week UTEP’s freshman Cornelius Kapel chalks up another first place finish by winning the Kachina Classic Saturday morning in Las Cruses, N.M.

“He continues to look impressive,” Head coach Paul Ereng said. “He ran at a pace that he was comfortable with and held it throughout the race.”

Kapel led the field of 20 runners to clock a time of 21:21.34 in the men’s 7K race. Teammate Antony Kosgei crossed the finish line with a time of 21:45.88 to finish eighth overall for the Miners.

In the women’s 5K it was a clean sweep with Winny Koech, Lilian Koech and Linda Cheruiyot taking the top three spots for the Miners. Winnyy Koech (17:09.82) led the field of 32 runners before taking off on her own finishing 13 seconds before Lilian Koech (17:22.69), followed by Cheruiyot (17:43.88).

Carolyne Chepkosgei clocked 20:29.59 to notch a 23rd place finish. Andrea Lucero posted a season-best 20:43.82 to finish 23rd over all followed by Destiny White (21:18.58) making her debut for the Miners.

The UTEP cross country will travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on September 29.

For live results be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and on Instagram

UTEP Cross Country Set to Travel for Kachina Classic

The UTEP cross country team prepares to head up Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, N.M., where it will compete in the Kachina Classic Open on Saturday.

The meet is set to take place at the NM State Track and Intramural Fields.

The men will be running a 6.4K starting at 8:00 a.m. M.T. followed by the women running a 5K promptly at 8:45 a.m.

The Miners won both the men and women team titles at last year’s staging. The women’s team registered a total of 24 points. Lilian Koech paced the way for the Miners with a first-place finish (17:34.36) followed by Linda Cheruiyot (17:56.86) taking third overall.

On the men’s side, Jonah Koech (19:24.65) and Michael Saruni (19:45.13) treaded past the finish line within seconds of each other to take the top two spots overall.

This will be the third meet for the Orange and Blue before their biggest upcoming competition at Notre Dame at the end of the month.

For live updates be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and on Instagram.

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