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Twenty-Three UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate on Saturday

Twenty-three past and present UTEP student-athletes will walk across the graduation stage on Saturday and receive their diplomas from the university.

The list includes 11 representatives from the football program, four from men’s track & field, three from women’s track & field, two from softball, and one apiece from men’s basketball, soccer and tennis.

Graduating this weekend will be All-Americans Samantha Hall (track & field) and Will Hernandez (football).

Seventeen graduates hail from the United States, while two come from Jamaica, one from American Samoa, one from Australia, one from Kenya and one from Nigeria.

Ten of the graduates (Adebola Akomolafe, Christian Buckingham, David Jackson, Johnny Jones, Alan Luna, Ademiju Oyebanjo-Odofin, Orion Prescott, Israel Ramsay, Matilda Tench, Trey Touchet) earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Roll during their careers for posting grade point averages of 3.0 or better.

Touchet was a three-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for achieving a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Adebola Akomolafe (Women’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles … registered the eighth-best mark in program history in the hammer throw with 52.22m (171-04) … captain of the women’s team for two seasons … finished her college career with bests of 46.13m (151-4) in the discus, 17.66m (47-11.25) in the weight throw and 52.22m (171-04) in the hammer throw … earned a spot on the 2017 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biological Sciences major.

 

James Bias (Men’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Championship … ran the anchor leg on the 4x400m relay that took second at the 2014 C-USA Indoor  Championships … part of the 4x400m relay that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships, clocking in with a time of 3:03.15 which ranks second in school history … finished his career with personal bests in the 60 (6.87), 100 (10.51), 200 (21.06) and the 400m (47.24) … two-year team captain … Computer Science major.

 

Christian Buckingham (Football)

The transfer from El Paso Community College played for the Orange and Blue during the 2017 campaign … defensive lineman saw action in the first four games before suffering a season-ending injury … notched four tackles and one quarterback hurry … member of the 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …Biology major.

 

Kristopher Christian (Football)

Member of the Miner football team for three seasons … saw action in eight games during the 2015 season … recorded a tackle on special teams versus UTSA …Criminal Justice major.

 

Devin Cockrell (Football)

Played and started in 47 games for the Miners … tallied 247 tackles during his career … also totaled 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries, three sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery … led all UTEP defensive backs in tackles during the 2016 and 2017 seasons … was named the 2016 Top Gun Player of the Year, awarded to the best special teams performer … as a true freshman, led the team in tackles with 76 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Zack Greenlee (Football)

Played two seasons for the Miners after transferring from Fresno State … saw action in 17 games, making 11 starts at quarterback … threw for a total of 1,513 yards on 124-of-254 passing with nine touchdowns … during senior campaign, rushed for 114 yards and a pair of scores … threw for over 100 yards in eight contests … opened his UTEP career by throwing for three touchdowns on 15-of-27 passing, with 229 yards and no interceptions during a start and victory over rival NM State … Leadership Studies major.

 

Miranda Gutierrez (Softball)

Played in 22 games for the Miners … made six starts during her senior season … scored five runs … went 2-for-2 and scored a run during game one against Florida Atlantic … drew a walk and crossed the dish during UTEP’s victory over FAU … scored three runs and connected on three hits against the Owls on Senior Weekend … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Samantha Hall (Women’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles … competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2015 and 2017 … won the discus throw at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in 2015 and 2017 … set a school record in the discus throw in 2015 with a mark of 58.50m (191-11) … completed her college career with bests of 14.90m (48-10.5) in the shot put and 34.38m (112-9.5) in the javelin … earned All-C-USA First Team honors for the 2015 season … garnered second team All-American accolades during her final season … Economics major.

 

Will Hernandez (Football)

Started at left guard in every game played (49) since his freshman season in 2014 …

the first Miner offensive lineman to receive Associated Press, CBS Sports and FOX Sports All-American honors … two-time Pro Football Focus First Team All-American … also the first UTEP offensive lineman since 2009 to earn All-Conference USA first team recognition … one of 11 Miners ever to be invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl … appointed the 2016 Pro Football Focus Pass Protector of the Year … named to the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List … Kinesiology major.

 

David Jackson (Football)

Member of the Miner football team for three seasons … saw action in 10 games on special teams in 2016 … played in the Miners’ last home game versus LA Tech in 2017 … listed on the 2016 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Johnny Jones (Football)

Played in 22 games for UTEP … saw action on defense and special teams … notched a total of 26 tackles, three tackles for loss and one forced fumble … during junior campaign recorded a season-high four stops against Army … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Evans Kiprono (Men’s Track & Field)

Competed in both cross country and track and field for UTEP … part of the team that won the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Championship … helped the Miners capture back-to-back conference cross country titles (2015, 2016) … garnered All- Conference USA third team honors in the 10,000m in 2014 … notched an All-C-USA second team honor in the 10,000m in 2015 … finished his career running a personal best 10,000m time of 31:09.16 … helped the Miners finish 11th in the nation at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships … Biological Sciences major.

 

Alan Luna (Football)

The former walk-on played in 36 games for the Miners … finished collegiate career ranked third on the program’s all-time list for career punts (206) and punt yards (8,910) … 79 punts in 2017 rank tied for fifth on the program’s single-season list, while his 3,483 yards rank fifth on the school’s single-season list … a two-time member of the Ray Guy Award Watch List … during senior season ranked second in Conference USA and fifth in the FBS in punt yards (3,483) … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … International Business major.

 

Brian Madunezim (Football)

Was a two-year football letterwinner, seeing action in 20 games … notched a total of

36 tackles, four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one tackle for loss and two

assisted sacks … during the 2016 season played in all 12 games, making six starts

and totaling a career-best 32 tackles … registered a career-high eight tackles against

Army … Computer Science major.

 

Tommy McCoy (Men’s Track & Field)

Captain of the track and field squad for two seasons (2015, 2016) … helped the men

finish second at the 2014 and 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships … registered six

top-10 finishes during the 2015 outdoor season … finished his college career with

bests of 53.38 in the 400m hurdles and 51.14 in the 400m … History major.

 

Ademiju Oyebanjo-Odofin (Men’s Track & Field)

Notched 11 top-10 finishes in the 400m hurdles in his career at UTEP … helped the

Miners to a second place finish at the 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships … clocked

in with a personal-best time in the 400m hurdles at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge

during his final season, with an effort of 55.39 seconds … finished his career with

personal bests in the 200m (22.71), 400m (51.03) and the 600m (1:26.08) … three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Construction Management major.

 

Kiki Pepi (Softball)

Played in 155 games, making 153 starts in three seasons with the Miners … became

the seventh Miner to reach the 100-RBI mark with 103 … ranks second on the

program’s all-time list with 331 career assists … 134 assists in 2016 set a school

record, while her nine assists at FIU in 2016 is a single-game standard … led the

Miners in RBI her last two seasons … Organizational & Corporate Communication

major.

 

Orion Prescott (Football)

Saw action in all 12 games during the 2016 season … rushed for 14 yards on three

carries … ran for 11 yards on two attempts with a long rush of 10 yards during a

victory over Houston Baptist … tallied a three-yard run during a season-finale win

versus North Texas … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic

Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Israel Ramsay (Women’s Track)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in

school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles …

team captain for two seasons … competed at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary

Round in the high jump, long jump and 4x100m relay … competed at the 2017 NCAA

West Preliminary Round in the 4x100m relay … part of the C-USA champion

4x100m relay teams in 2015 and 2017 … finished her college career with bests of

1.76m (5-9.25) in the high jump and 5.95m (19-6.25) in the long jump … earned a

spot on the 2017 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multimedia

Journalism major.

 

Matilda Tench (Tennis)

Appeared in 111 singles and 103 doubles matches for the Miners, tallying 94 wins …

ranks sixth in UTEP’s all-time record book for career singles wins with 46 … had a

career-high 14 singles wins and 15 doubles victories during the 2014-15 season …

two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …

Kinesiology major.

 

Bri Thomas (Soccer)

Evolved into one of the top scoring threats in Conference USA while starring for her

hometown Miners … a three-year starter who was used as a defender, midfielder

and forward, she recorded 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points in more than

4,500 minutes of playing time … saved her best for last with eight goals and four

assists for a 20-point senior season in 2016 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

 

Trey Touchet (Men’s Basketball)

Has appeared in 69 games for the Miners, making five starts … has collected 224

points, 84 rebounds, 66 assists and 23 steals … scored in double figures five times

during his sophomore season (2016-17) … three-time recipient of a Conference USA

Commissioner’s Academic Medal … three-time member of the C-USA

Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … on a Presidential Scholarship at UTEP …

Kinesiology major.

 

Augie Touris (Football)

Played for the Miners for three seasons as a blocking tight end … saw action in 16

games, making five starts … played in all 12 games during the 2017 season, seeing

the field on offense and special teams … recorded his first career catch, a five-yard

snag during the first quarter against WKU … Creative Writing major.

UTEP’s Koech Earns First 2017 C-USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s Lilian Koech captured the first Conference USA Athlete of the Week award of 2017 for her performance at the Lobo Invitational the league office announced Tuesday morning. 

Koech marked a 5K time of 17:32.2 on Saturday at the Lobo Invitational to become the first female and second overall athlete to cross the finish line. Her time improved drastically from last season, which saw her run a 19:07.6 in that race.

The performance followed a stellar 2016 slate in which the junior earned NCAA Division I Cross Country All-Region and All-C-USA first team honors. The weekly award is the fourth of her career.

The Miners will return to action on Friday, September 8, for the Lori Fitzgerald held at the Chamizal Memorial National Park. The men’s race starts at 5:30 p.m. M.T. followed by the women’s race at 6:15 p.m.

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

UTEP’s Korir Declares to Run Professionally for Nike

The now former UTEP track and field star Emmanuel Korir has decided to forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and start competing professionally after signing a pro contract with Nike.

“Emmanuel started running well at the start of the indoor season, that’s when talks of turning pro came up”, said associate head coach Paul Ereng. “He’s ranked number one in the world in the 800m and top 10 in the 400m so he has the tools to become another house hold name for Kenya.”

Korir made his debut for the Miners at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational. The native of Kenya competed indoor for the first time in his career and claimed gold in the 800m with an impressive 1:46.50 time. The mid-distance runner went undefeated in each race he took part in including setting a world record 600m time of 1:14.97 at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver.

Wrapping up the indoor season, Korir became the first Miner to win the NCAA National Indoor title in the 800m clocking a time of 1:47.48.

“The decision for him to turn pro not only benefits him but also the program”, stated Ereng. “We want the best for our athletes and if we can help them achieve the goals they want and help further their education we will do everything we can to help them.”

During the outdoor season, Korir broke the school record in the 400m at the UTEP Invitational setting a time of 44.67 previously held by Bert Cameron (1981). The All-American is just one of three athletes in the world to run a sub-45 second 400m (UTEP Invitational) and a sub-1:44 in the 800m (1:43.75; Brutus Hamilton Challenge). He captured his second national title in the 800m (1:45.03) at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., the Mecca of track and field.

Making his professional debut back on July 21, Korir demolished a quality field with a world-leading 1:43.10 at the Herculis Monaco Diamond League in France. He captured the gold at the Kenyan trials running 1:43.86 in Nairobi to solidify his spot on the Kenya national team and a spot in the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships. Korir made the trip to London, England, where he reached the semifinal round of the 800m before narrowly missing out of the final.

Korir will return to the Sun City to continue his studies and train with Ereng.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for breaking news and live updates.

UTEP’s Amusan Gains Experience at World Championships Debut

LONDON – UTEP’s Tobi Amusan made her debut at the IAAF (International Athletic Association Federation) World Championships in the 100m Hurdles Friday afternoon.

Amusan (Nigeria) clocked a time of 12.97 in the final heat of the 100m hurdles qualifiers early this morning. The All-American returned to the track just eight hours later to run in the second of three semifinal heats. Amusan finished fourth (13.04) and took 14th overall.

Also competing with Amusan was former Miner Greta Kerekes (Hungary), where she stopped the clock at 13.15 in the qualifying heats to finish 26th overall.

In the women’s long jump, former Miner Blessing Okagbare finished in eighth place with a mark of 6.55m (21-6). Okagbare has one event left to compete in as part of the Nigerian 4x100m relay team running on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 3:35 a.m. M.T. and the finals of the relay event running at 2:50 p.m. M.T.

The remainder of the World Championships are being streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage for each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.

UTEP Alumni Okagbare Qualifies for Long Jump Final

LONDON – Former UTEP Miner Blessing Okagbare qualified for the women’s long jump final at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships on Wednesday afternoon.

Under rainy conditions, Okagbare notched a second-place finish with a mark of 6.51m (21-3.5). The Nigeria native qualified for her third World Championship final. She garnered a silver medal in 2015.

Heading into the final, Okagbare recorded the eighth-best jump of the 32 competitor field and will look to make another podium appearance on Friday, Aug. 11 at 12:10 p.m. M.T.

Making their first appearance at the World Championships on Friday will be junior Tobi Amusan (Nigeria) and Greta Kerekes (Hungary) in the 100m hurdles. Amusan clocked the seventh-fastest time (12.57) in the world this year when she captured her first NCAA title in the 100m hurdles. Kerekes notched a qualifying time of 13.10 earlier this year.

Both athletes will take the track on at 3:45 a.m. M.T. where the top three athletes from each heat qualify to the semifinal round set to run at 12:05 p.m. Should Amusan and Kerekes earn a spot in the semifinal they will need to finish in the top two of their heat with the next two best times making the final, set for Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1:05 p.m.

The World Championships are being streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.

UTEP’s Korir Gains Experience at World Championships

LONDON – UTEP’s Emmanuel Korir wrapped up his experience at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships Sunday afternoon as he bowed out of the semifinal round.

Korir ran in lane five of the second heat in the men’s 800m semifinal where he clocked a time of 1:46.08. The Kenya native finished with the eighth fastest time of the semifinal round but still misses out of Tuesday’s final.

The NCAA All-American adds the World Championships experience to his list, which includes two NCAA titles, a Kenya 800m title and a first-place finish at the Herculis Monaco Diamond League with a personal-best time of 1:43.10.

Former Miner Blessing Okagbare also missed out in the women’s 100m final, as she clocked a time of 11.08 to finish fourth in her heat of the semifinal round. Okagbare just missed out of the final by .01 seconds. She will continue her competition at the World Championships in the long jump beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 12:10 p.m. M.T.

Another former Miner Churandy Martina (Netherlands) will compete in the men’s 200m qualifying round Monday, Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m.

The World Championships will be streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage of each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.

UTEP’s Korir and Okagbare Advance to Semifinal Round

LONDON – UTEP’s Emmanuel Korir and former Miner Blessing Okagbare advanced to the semifinal round of their respective events Saturday morning at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships.

UTEP’s freshman Emmanuel Korir | Photo courtesy UTEP

Korir made his debut for at the World Championships a success, winning heat four of five with a qualifying time of 1:47.08. The Kenyan advances to the semifinal round which will run on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. M.T.

The top two athletes from three heats of the semifinal round qualify for Tuesday’s final at 2:35 p.m.

Okagbare showed her experience in the 100m qualifying round, clocking a time of 11.22 to

Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)

notch a second-place finish behind American Tori Bowe (11.05).

 The Nigerian will compete in the semifinal round on Sunday at 12:10, where the top two finishers of three heats earn a spot in the final being run later at 2:50.
The World Championships will be streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage of each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.

Five Miners Prepare for World Championships

The UTEP track and field program will be well represented with five Miners punching their ticket to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships held in London, England, starting Friday, August 1-13.

Emmanuel Korir and Tobi Amusan will be making their first appearance at the world stage. Korir will compete in the 800m on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5:45 a.m. M.T. The Miner clocked the third fastest time in the world this year at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (1:43.73). The All-American won back-to-back NCAA titles in both the indoor and outdoor 800m and claimed gold at the Kenyan Trails with a time of 1:43.86.

Competing on the biggest stage is nothing new for Amusan, having competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she placed 11th overall in the 100m hurdles (12.91).  The Nigerian native clocked the seventh-fastest time (12.57) in the world this year when she captured her first NCAA title in the 100m hurdles.

The UTEP All-American will be joined by former Miner Greta Kerekes (Hungary), as she clocked a qualifying time of 13.10. Both athletes will take the track on Friday, Aug. 11 at 3:45 a.m.

Making her fourth appearance at the IAAF flagship event, Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) will compete in the 100m, long jump and the 4x100m relay team. The six-time Nigeria champion won gold in the 100m, silver in the long jump and bronze in the 200m four years ago in Moscow, Russia. Okagbare is a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the long jump and a two-time NCAA champion in the 100m and long jump (2010).

Okagbare is one of UTEP’s most decorated athletes holding six school records. The sprinter will be the first to take the track on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 4:45 a.m.

Competing in the men’s 200m will be former Miner Churandy Martina representing the Netherlands. Martina qualified for the 200m with a time of 20.27 and has a personal-best 19.81. The Dutchman is a four-time gold medalist at the Central American and Caribbean Games (2006, 2010) and a three-time gold medalist at the European Championships (2012, 2016). Churandy hold the school record in the 100m with a time of 9.95.

The World Championships streamed across the NBC family of networks with coverage for each day. Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for live updates.

UTEP Paces All C-USA Programs in Directors’ Cup Standings

UTEP led all Conference USA athletic programs in the final 2016-17 Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, released this week.

The Learfield Directors’ Cup measures performance in NCAA Championship competition.  The Miners scored a total of 242.5 points for a no. 83 national finish.  The second-highest rated program in C-USA was Middle Tennessee with 217.5 points (91st), while Rice scored 142.5 points to rank 121st.

A total of 293 Division I athletic programs were ranked.

The Miners scored their points from men’s indoor track & field (50 points), men’s outdoor track & field (50 points), women’s outdoor track & field (50 points), men’s cross country (45 points), women’s indoor track & field (25 points) and men’s golf (22.5 points).

The UTEP men’s track & field team finished tied for 22nd at the NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for 23rd at NCAA Outdoors.  Women’s track & field tied for 47th at NCAA Indoors and tied for 21st at NCAA Outdoors.  Men’s cross country took 29th place at NCAAs.  Men’s golf reached NCAA Regionals as a team for the first time since 2004.

The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports in Division I — 10 men’s and 10 women’s.

UTEP’s Korir Awarded C-USA Athlete of the Year

UTEP’s freshman Emmanuel Korir had a phenomenal year and was awarded the Conference USA Athlete of the Year, announced by the league office on Friday afternoon.

Opening up the 2016-17 season, Korir clocked a world record 600m at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver meet with at time of 1:14.97. It was his first time ever running on a 200m banked track. At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships, the freshman captured his first title in the 800m running a time of 1:47.48.

During the outdoor season the Kenyan native ran a school record time of 44.67 in the 400m at the UTEP Invitational. Seven days later Korir clocked 1:43.73 in the 800m at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge. He is just on of three athletes in the world to run sub-1:44 and sub-44 in the 800m and 400m respectively.

At the C-USA Outdoor Championships Korir claimed the 400m title (44.53) and set the meet record at the NCAA West Region Preliminaries in the 800m with a time of 1:45.88. The mid-distance runner won his second NCAA title in the 800m (1:45.03) at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Korir was named the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) Athlete of the Week twice during the indoor season, garnered four C-USA Athlete of the Week awards and made The Bowerman Watch List three times during the season.

He joins a list of Miners who have been named C-USA Athlete of the Year:

Anthony Rotich (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15/ Track and Cross Country)

Camilla Carrera (2011-12/Softball)

Blessing Okagbare (2009-10/Track and Field)

For more information on UTEP track and field, follow the Miners on Twitter (@UTEPTrack) and on Instagram (uteptrack).

Korir Named Bowerman Award Semifinalist

Emmanuel Korir has been named a semifinalist for college track and field’s highest individual honor, The Bowerman Award, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday.

Korir wrapped up his freshman season with a sweep of both 800m national titles. The Kenyan is the first Miner to win the 800m NCAA title since Peter Lemashon outdoors in 1978, and the first to achieve the feat at both NCAA Indoors and Outdoors in the same year.

The All-American holds school records in the indoor 800m (1:46.75), the outdoor 800m (1:43.73) and the outdoor 400m (44.53). Korir is one of three athletes in the world to run a sub-45 400m and a sub-1:44 in the 800m.

Three finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 22 from the following list of semifinalists:

KeAndre Bates, junior, jumps, Florida

Edward Cheserek, senior, distance, Oregon

Christian Coleman, junior, sprints/jumps, Tennessee

Grant Holloway, freshman, hurdles/jumps, Florida

Fred Kerley, senior, springs, Texas A&M

Josh Kerr, sophomore, mid-distance, New Mexico

Emmanuel Korir, freshman, mid-distance, UTEP

Ioannis Kyriazis, junior, throws, Texas A&M

Filip Mihaljevic, junior, throws, Virginia

Lindon Victor, senior, combined events, Texas A&M

For more information on UTEP track and field, follow the Miners on Twitter (@UTEPTrack) and Instagram (uteptrack).

Amusan Named to the Bowerman Watch List

EL PASO – UTEP’s Tobi Amusan has been named one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman Award, announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday afternoon.

In her second appearance at the NCAA Championships Amusan, the 2016 runner-up in the 100m hurdles, captured the 2017 title with the fourth-best performance in the event in collegiate history.  Her time was 12.57 seconds. The last Miner to win the event at the NCAAs was Kim Turner (1984). Amusan edged defending champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.58).

The Nigeria native broke the UTEP school record in the event earlier this year at the UTEP Springtime Meet, stopping the clock at 12.63. Her time of 12.57 demolished that record and set a personal best.

Amusan is the first UTEP female on The Bowerman Watch List since Blessing Okagbare on May 7, 2010.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram for everything track and field.

UTEP Home to Two NCAA Champions: Amusan Joins Korir

Eugene, Or. – Tobi Amusan finds redemption as she won her first NCAA title in the 100m hurdles at historic Hayward Stadium on the final day of the NCAA Championships, Saturday evening.

“Amusan is another special talent. She executed her race very well and all the hard work she put in this season paid off,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “This was her closest race yet and she stepped up to the challenge.”

The freshman exploded out of the blocks and held onto a narrow lead over the defending champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Kentucky). In the closing moment of the race Amusan leaned over the finish line to clock a time of 12.57, while Camacho-Quinn was close behind at 12.58.

The Nigerian native broke the UTEP school record in this event earlier this year at the UTEP Springtime stopping the clock at 12.63. Her time of 12.57 demolished that record and sets a personal best.

The last time UTEP track and field had multiple individual NCAA Champions was back in 1978 (Peter Lemashon, 800m, Michael Musyoki, 10,000m, Jennifer Smit, Shot Put and Ria Stahlman, Discus).

Korir and Amusan add to UTEP’s total of NCAA Champions to 107. Korir becomes just the second Miner to ever win the 800m NCAA title, while Amusan is the first to ever achieve the NCAA crown in the 100m hurdles.

Two other Miners competed on Saturday evening. Samantha Hall in the women’s discus throw and Lucia Mokrasova completing the final three events in the women’s hepthathon.

Hall showed poise in the first flight of two in the discus event. The senior launched the discus out to 54.66m (179-4), placing 10th overall and just narrowly missing out of the top nine who advance to the event’s final. The Jamaican native finishes her career at UTEP ranking fifth on the all-time list for the indoor shot put (14.90m), fifth in the outdoor shot put list (14.77m) and holds the school record in the discus throw (58.50m). Hall is a two-time Conference USA Champion in the discus throw. Hall garnered All-American second team honors.

In just her second appearance at the NCAA Championships, Mokrasova finished in 17th place with a total of 5,172 points. The junior started the day off by leaping 5.34m (17-16.25) in the long jump for 654 points. She followed that up with a javelin heave of 37.10m (121-9) and closed out the event with an 800m time of 2:13.46 (915 points). The Slovakia native finished the season with a new school record in the event, when she scored 5,671 points earlier this year at the Texas Relays.

The UTEP track and field team close out the 2017 campaign with two women conference titles both indoor and outdoor. The 2017 C-USA Outdoor Championship title was the first outdoor conference title in women’s program history. The Miners finish with three outdoor All-Americans, Michael Saruni, Korir and Amsuan and a second team All-American (Hall).

For live results and breaking news be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram.

UTEP’s Korir Captures Second 800M NCAA Title

Eugene, Or. – It was a bittersweet victory for the Miners as UTEP’s freshman Emmanuel Korir captured his second NCAA title in the 800m at the historic Hayward Stadium on Friday evening.

Running in the 800m final were both freshman Michael Saruni and Korir, who were favored to finish the event No. 1 and No. 2. Korir, a bit shaken up, narrowly held onto his lead and finished the race in a time of 1:45.03. It marks his second NCAA track and field title (800m indoor and outdoor).

“It was very unfortunate that Michael went down in the 800m, it would’ve been a very exciting finish to see who would be the national champion had he not fallen,” head coach Mika Laaksonen stated. “Emmanuel should feel very fortunate, Michael would have really challenged him at the end. He [Korir] is such a talented runner this may have been his last race for us.”

Saruni, having taken a hard fall, showed great determination and strength to finish the race with a time of 2:15.56. The Kenya native still earned All-American honors for his performance.

The only female competing for the Miners on Friday was junior Lucia Mokrasova. Under difficult weather conditions, she tallied a total of 3,178 points through the first four events of the women’s heptathlon.

She started the day off with a time of 14.49 in the 100m hurdles for 910 points. She followed that up by clearing 1.54m in the high jump accumulating 666 points. Her best event was undoubtedly the shot put. The Slovakia native heaved the ball out to 13.36m (43-10) garnering 751 points; the throw was the enough to place her first in the 24-athlete field.

She closed out the night with a time of 25.93 for 851 points in the 200m.

Mokrasova will conclude the heptathlon Saturday with the long jump (12:30 p.m. MT/espn3.com), javelin throw (1:45 p.m./espn3.com) and the 800m run (6:30 p.m./ESPN).

Saturday will feature the women’s final day of competition with sophomore sensation Tobi Amusan running in the 100m hurdle final for the second time in her career. Amusan qualified with the fastest time of 12.79. The Nigerian native will take the track at 5:10 p.m. live on ESPN.

Senior Samantha Hall will make her final appearance in the Orange and Blue as she competes in the women’s discus throw. Hall comes into the competition ranked 7th among the 24-athlete field. The discus throw starts at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN3.com.

 

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UTEP’s Korir, Saruni Advance to 800m Final

Eugene, Or. – UTEP’s Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni make history by being the first freshman duo from the same school to make the 800m final in meet history at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday night.

Running at their first ever NCAA Championships, All-American duo Korir and Saruni did not disappoint. Korir won the first of three heats in the men’s 800m semifinal with the fastest qualifying time of 1:46.38. Saruni’s time of 1:46.63 was enough to win the final heat of the 800m and the third-fastest qualifying time.

Korir and Saruni will run on Friday’s 800m final set to start at 7:45 p.m. MT.

In a valiant effort running the 4x400m relay, Saruni, Korir, Asa Guevara and James Bias clocked 3:18.65. Saruni and Korir had just 90 minutes to recuperate and compete in the mile relay.

Day two of the NCAA Championship will see Tobi Amusan in the 100m hurdles set to start at 6:25 p.m., Lilian Koech in the 800m set for a 7:10 p.m. start and Winny Koech to close out the night in the 10,000m final running at 8:05 p.m.

You can watch the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships live on the ESPN family of networks. Both the final day of the men’s championship and women’s championship will be aired in prime time on ESPN.

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