UTEP’s Winny Koech crossed the finish line first, registering a time of 16:40.53 as the senior led the cross country women to the team title at the 35th Lori Fitzgerald Memorial.
“The team competed very well today – both men and women,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “With this being our second meet, we’re still working on where we want to be. We still have a couple of more races to get ready for conference.”
The UTEP women claimed the overall team title in the 4.7KM with 35 points, while EPCC placed second (46 points). Junior Carolyne Chepkosgei finished fourth (17:04.85), senior Linda Cheruiyot (17:14.67) crossed the finish line in fifth and sophomore Karoline Daland placed seventh (17:27.59). Freshmen Joan Kimaiyo (18th – 19:41.78), Jacquilyn Orozco (23rd – 20:41.36) and Valerie Gonzalez (25th – 21:27.64) rounded out the field for UTEP.
UTEP finished first overall in the men’s race with 35 points, while EPCC (39 points) placed second in the 6.4KM. Freshman Titus Cheruiyot finished third, clocking in a time of 19:47.13, while sophomore Boaz Ronoh (20:44.10) placed eighth. Freshman Kenneth Talavera (20:47.59) finished 10th, and junior Cornelius Kapel (21:13.38) placed 16th. Freshman Kayn Quinones (17th – 21:30.80), sophomore Michael Sims (20th – 21:47.58), sophomore Cory Calvani (27th – 22:36.48), sophomore Daniel Maes (30th – 23:22.61), freshman Alek Duran (31st – 23:31.91) and junior Allan Ortiz (36th – 25:01.24) rounded out the UTEP men’s side.
Up next, UTEP will compete at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 4 in South Bend, Ind.
**After a correction in error, the UTEP men’s cross country team tallied 35 points to win the team title at last night’s event. Jesus Bruno, who finished seventh, was incorrectly attached to EPCC. His status was updated to an individual runner and EPCC’s points were corrected to 39.**