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C-USA announces UTEP’s Bailey, Bright and Koncos T&F Athletes of the Week

DALLAS – UTEP earned a trio of Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week presented by Top of the World the league announced on Tuesday.

Senior Sean Bailey, sophomore Chantoba Bright and redshirt junior Karol Koncos competed at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico with much success this past weekend.

Bailey was named the C-USA Male Track Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career after posting a personal-best 46.51 in the 400m at the MLK Invite. The Spanish Town, Jamaica, product registered the no. 1 time in C-USA, while it ranked seventh nationally.

Bright was named the C-USA Female Field Athlete of the Week after winning her first collegiate event, leaping to a 6.01 in the long jump. The Wismar Linden, Guyana, product recorded the longest leap in C-USA. It’s Bright’s second career indoor athlete of the week honor.

Koncos was named the C-USA Male Field Athlete of the Week, the first during his career, after hurling a 19.97m in the weight throw. The native of Vidina, Slovakia, tossed the longest weight throw in C-USA.

The Miners will return to action at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque February 7-8.

UTEP Track and Field completes Final Day at MLK Invite

ALBUQUERQUE – Carolyne Chepkosgei finished in second place in the women’s mile run, and Sean Bailey took third in the men’s 400m dash, highlighting the final day at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“Day two was better than day one. Lot of season bests,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “Much needed bye week coming up. We need to accomplish quite a bit during this week to be able to make strong move forward as a team in two weeks when we head back to Albuquerque.”

The men’s 4x400m relay also had a good showing, placing second with Bailey, James Flournoy, Shakeem Smith and Davion Bynaum, clocking in a 3:14.69.

Bailey posted a personal-best 46.51 in the 400m, while Chepkosgei recorded a 4:56.05 in the mile.

Freshman Kenneth Talavera finished fourth in the men’s mile run, posting a time of 4:18.01.

Shakeem Smith clocked an 8.06 in the men’s 60m hurdles preliminaries, while finishing fourth in the finals, matching his school record time of 7.90.

Karoline Daland placed eighth in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:16.61.

Chantoba Bright ran the women’s 60m dash preliminaries, posting a time of 7.71, followed by a seventh-place finish in the finals with a time of 7.74.

Sah-Jay Stevens posted a 13.98m toss in the women’s shot put, placing fifth.

Davion Bynuam placed sixth in the men’s 60m dash, posting a time of 6.80.

Coming up next for UTEP, they’ll return to Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Feb. 7-8.

UTEP Track to Compete at MLK Invitational hosted by UNM

The UTEP track and field team will compete in its second indoor meet January 24-25 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico.

There will be a total of 36 events throughout the two days, and 41 UTEP student-athletes competing, beginning at 4 p.m. MT on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The Miners will compete against host New Mexico and I-10 rival NM State, while some top programs in Texas, LSU and Southern California will take the track and field. Mountain West schools San Jose State, San Diego State and Air Force will also be in attendance. Other notable schools making trip are Grand Canyon, CSU-Pueblo, Azusa Pacific and Eastern New Mexico.

The LSU Tigers enter ranked second in the men’s preseason poll with USC right behind them in third and Texas in fourth. The USC women rank first in the preseason poll with Texas fourth and LSU 16th, while the UNM women enter the season sixth.

Last week, the Miners opened the indoor season with success, breaking a UTEP program record and seeing a trio of first-place finishes at the Texas Tech Corky Classic at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock.

Shakeem Smith broke a 20-year old program record by recording a 7.90 in the 60m hurdles. Rodgers Korir took first in the men’s 5000m, while Carolyn Chepkosgei finished first in the women’s 800m, and Titus Cheruiyot captured first in the men’s 3000m. Korir and Boaz Ronoh finished second and third in the 3000m, respectively.

Chantoba Bright finished in second place in the women’s triple jump. Sean Bailey raced out to a second-place finish in the men’s 600y, while Madison Gibson took third in women’s 200m.

The MLK Invitational will be streamed on FloTrack, found HERE, and live results can be found HERE.

Smith breaks 20-year old Program Record; Chepkosgei, Cheruiyot grab 1st-Place on Final Day at Corky Classic

LUBBOCK – The UTEP track and field team completed its first indoor event with a successful Saturday showing at the Texas Tech Corky Classic in the Sports Performance Center.

Shakeem Smith broke a 20-year old UTEP indoor track and field record, clocking in a personal-best 7.90 in the men’s 60m hurdles and finishing third in the final.

The senior broke Lee Mays’s mark of 7.91. Smith posted a 7.96 in the first round of 60m hurdles, placing first. Smith’s previous was PR was a 7.95 at last year’s Conference USA Championships.

“Typical opener for the season, mixed bag. We got a little bit of everything,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “The men’s team definitely looked better than a year ago. We even got one school record which is unusual in a first meet of the year. We’re proud of Shakeem Smith, who broke a 20-year old school record in the 60m hurdles.”

The men dominated the 3000m with the top-three finishers. Budding star freshman Titus Cheruiyot took gold, recording a time of 8:42.53. Teammates Rodgers Korir (8:44.44) and Boaz Ronoh (8:47.70) took silver and bronze, respectively.

On the women’s side, Carolyn Chepkosgei raced out to a first-place finish in the women’s 800m, clocking in a time of 2:12.22.

Samantha Cordier registered a personal-best toss of 15.50 in the weight throw, while Chantoba Bright recorded a 12.95 in the triple jump, securing a second-place finish.

Freshman Davion Bynaum, who competed in his first collegiate event, posted a 6.79, finishing tied for sixth in the 60m first round. Bynaum followed with a fifth-place showing in the 60m final, beating his first time with a 6.77.

Freshman Yasmine George also competed in her first collegiate event, finishing seventh in the 400m with a time of 58.44.

Michael Sims clocked personal-best 4:34.72 in the mile. Maribel Caicedo placed seventh in the first round of the women’s 60m hurdles, registering an 8.68 and advancing to the finals.

Emilio Rios tied his personal best with a 1.97 lead in the men’s high jump, while freshman Markiet Loggins recorded the same mark. Austin Ondijo also registered a 1.97.

In the women’s 4x400m, George, along with Madison Gibson, Aphiniti Cupper and Natalia Roberts, posted a 3:58.45, while on the men’s side, Sean Bailey, Jevaughn Powell, James Flournoy and Smith clocked in a 3:16.42 for a seventh-place finish.

“It’s going to be a quick turnaround for us, as we travel to Albuquerque for out next indoor competition this coming Thursday. I’m expecting more of our athletes to get it going there.”

Up next,  UTEP will take the track at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque on Jan. 24-25.

UTEP Track & Field Completes First Day at Corky Classic

LUBBOCK – The UTEP Track & Field team completed a successful first day at the Texas Tech Corky Classic Friday evening at the Sports Performance Center.

“It was a good first day of competition,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “These results were positive and should set us up going forward this season. I’m looking forward to Saturday’s events.”

Rodgers Korir captured a first-place finish in the 5000m, clocking a time of 15:06.44, while teammate Boaz Ronah was right behind him, recording a time of 15:22.24.

Senior Sean Bailey raced out to a second-place finish in the 600y, recording a time of 1:09.95. Bailey improved his time from last season’s Corky Classic (1:10.07).

Senior Madison Gibson took third in the 200m, clocking a time of 25.01.

UTEP was top-heavy in the men’s 200m, as Davion Bynaum finished in second (21.63). James Flournoy (21.73) and Jevaughn Powell (21.73) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Carolyne Chepkosgei clocked in a personal-best time of 2:52.50 in the 1000m, crossing the finish line second.

In the men’s 1000m, Kenneth Talavera finished in second, clocking a time of 2:31.31. Texas Tech’s Alfred Chawonza edged out Talavera with a time of 2:31.29. Titus Cheruiyot finished in fourth, registering of time of 2:31.51.

Devin Mungro finished with the longest leap in the long jump, recording a 6.90.

The Corky Classic will continue on Saturday; live results are available via this website.

Bailey Heads to NCAA Championships

Sean Bailey is ready to take on the competition on Wednesday at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas.

The junior will be running in the men’s 400m semifinals at 4:30 p.m. MT. Bailey will be in the second heat of the prelims. The sprinter heads into the championships with a collegiate-best time of 45.19 registered at the NCAA West Preliminaries.

Bailey has generated a stellar season, notching five top-two finishes and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA West Prelims.

The top two from each heat plus the next best two times advance to the finals. The 400m finals are scheduled for Friday at 7:32 p.m.

Fans can watch the 400m semifinals on ESPN2 and the finals on ESPN.

For live results please visit the NCAA Website.

Miners Close Out Action at NCAA West Prelims

Sacramento – The UTEP track and field team concluded action at the 2019 NCAA West Prelims on Saturday.

Chantoba Bright closed out her first season with the Orange and Blue competing in the triple and long jump. The freshman posted a 24th-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 12.58m. Bright registered a leap of 5.84m in the long jump on Friday evening.

Iason Machairas also took the field for the last time this season in the men’s shot put. The freshman scratched his first two attempts of the day, before recording a toss of 17.38m in his final throw.

Sean Bailey and Lilian Koech are the two Miners that advanced to the NCAA Championships yesterday.

Bailey earned an automatic bid, finishing second in the 400m quarterfinals. The junior crossed the finish line with a season-best time of 45.19, posting a fourth-place finish overall.

Koech is making her second trip to the NCAA Championships, the senior clocked in a personal-best time of 2:03.73, automatically advancing with a third-place finish in the second heat.

The 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships is scheduled for June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Bailey and Koech Punch Ticket to NCAA Championships

Sacramento – Sean Bailey and Lilian Koech punched their ticket to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Championships (June 5-8) on Friday night.

Bailey earned an automatic bid, finishing second in the third heat of the men’s 400m quarterfinals. The junior crossed the finish line with a season-best time of 45.19, posting a fourth-place finish overall. His time also ranks fourth all-time in program history.

Koech is making her second trip to the NCAA Championships, as the senior made an appearance in 2017 in the 800m. The mid-distance runner clocked in a personal-best time of 2:03.73, automatically advancing with a third-place finish in the second heat. Her time rates third all-time in program history.

In his first trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries, Marek Taskar finished 22nd overall in the men’s javelin. The freshman registered a mark of 64.78m in his third and final attempt of the day.

In the women’s 400m hurdles, Kimisha Chambers and Dreshanae Rolle concluded their season. Chambers finished 17th with a time of 58.66, while Rolle took 23rd place.

Freshman Maribel Caicedo closed out her season, recording a personal-best time of 13.52 in the 100m hurdles.

On the men’s side, Shakeem Smith notched a 22nd-place finish with a time of 52.80 in the 400m hurdles.

The top-12 qualifiers of each event will move on to the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.


Live streaming of the west preliminaries will be available on flotrack.org. For live results please visit,  this website.

Schedule

Saturday
Men’s Shot Put                      3:45 p.m.
Women’s Triple Jump           4 p.m.

Four Miners Advance to NCAA West Prelims Finals

Sacramento – Four Miners earned a spot in Friday’s finals at the NCAA West Preliminaries on Thursday.

On the men’s side, Sean Bailey was the top finisher in the second heat of the night in the 400m. The junior clocked in a winning time of 46.45, earning a spot in the finals tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. MT. He heads into the finals in ninth out of 23 runners.

Shakeem Smith was the second Miner to advance to the finals. The junior took the track in the fifth heat of the 400m hurdles and finished third. Smith automatically qualified with a time of 50.98. The hurdler is set to compete tomorrow at 8:15 p.m.

On the women’s side, Kimisha Chambers secured her spot in the 400m hurdles finals tomorrow (8 p.m.). The junior crossed the finish line third in the third heat with a time of 58.56.

Lilian Koech was the last Miner to move on to tomorrow’s finals in the 800m. The senior was in the fastest heat of the night and notched an automatic bid with a third-place finish. Koech posted a time of 2:05.96, finishing fourth overall in the prelims.

Freshman Roosa Yloenen finished her first season with the Orange and Blue with an 18th-place finish in the javelin. The thrower recorded a toss of 46.64m in her second attempt of the day.

Junior Karol Koncos also wrapped up his season taking the field in the hammer throw. He finished 22nd overall with a mark of 62.28m.

The top-12 qualifiers of each event will move on to the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Live streaming of the west preliminaries will be available on flotrack.org. For live results please visit this website.

 

Schedule

Friday
Men’s Javelin                         1 p.m.
Women’s 100m Hurdles        4:30 p.m. (First Round)
Men’s 400m                           6:45 p.m. (Quarterfinals)
Women’s 800m                      7:30 p.m. (Quarterfinals)
Women’s 400m Hurdles         8 p.m. (Quarterfinals)

Saturday
Men’s Shot Put                      3:45 p.m.
Women’s Triple Jump             4 p.m.
Women’s 100m Hurdles         8:05 p.m. (Quarterfinals)

Flyin’ Miners Gear Up for NCAA West Prelims

Thirteen Miners will gear up to compete on May 23-25 at the 2019 NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento, California.

Kicking off the meet on Thursday will be junior Karol Koncos in the men’s hammer at 1 p.m. MT. The thrower heads into the preliminaries ranked 16 in the west region with a personal-best toss of 65.59m registered at Texas Relays. Koncos posted four top-five finishes this season, including a silver finish at the Conference USA Championships.

Also taking the field for the Miners on Thursday (1 p.m.) will be newcomer Roosa Yloenen in the javelin throw. The freshman competed three times this season and claimed two first-place finishes, including a win at the C-USA Championships.

Yloenen recorded a collegiate-best mark of 50.44m at the Texas A&M Invitational. She heads into the meet ranked 16th in the region.

Closing out the field events on Thursday will be Chantoba Bright in the long jump at 7:45 p.m. The freshman rates 16th with a season-best leap of 6.30m (W: 3.1) set at the UTEP Springtime.

The jumper took bronze at the C-USA Championships with a mark of 6.07m. Bright will also take the field on Saturday in the triple jump at 4 p.m.

On the track, Kimisha Chambers will be the first Miner to compete on Thursday in the 400m hurdles at 5:30 p.m. The transfer claimed the crown at the C-USA Championships, clocking in a time of 59.15. The junior clocked in a personal-best time of 57.82 at the Desert Heat Classic, which earned her the no. 9 spot heading into the regional meet.

Joining her on the track is senior Dreshanae Rolle. The hurdler notched a season-best time of 59.23 at the Desert Heat Classic.

Representing the men’s team in the 400m hurdles (6 p.m.) is Shakeem Smith. The junior continues to improve every time he takes the track. Smith took the crown at the C-USA Championships with a personal-best time of 50.86. He ranks 18th in the west region.

On the sprints side, Sean Bailey is the lone Miner racing in the 400m on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. He heads into the competition as the highest ranked Miner, sitting at third in the west region with a personal best of 45.54 registered at the Desert Heat Classic. The transfer has notched five top-two finishes this season.

Making her last appearance at the NCAA West Preliminaries is senior Lilian Koech. The distance runner has made three appearances at the regional meet and advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2017. The C-USA Champion will take the track in the 800m at 9:10 p.m. Koech will be joined by Carolyne Chepkosgei, who posted a personal-best time of 2:06.45 at the Desert Heat Classic.

Also representing the Miners on the distance side is Winny Koech. The junior missed the 2018 outdoor season, but made an appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2017 in the 10,000m. Koech recorded a personal-best time of 33:35.68 in the 10,000m at the MT. SAC Relays. She also earned two gold medals at the C-USA Championships in the 10,000m and 5,000m. The distance runner will close out the first day of action in the 10,000m at 10 p.m.

Friday’s action will kick off at 1 p.m. with the men’s javelin throw, which will feature Marek Taskar. The freshman notched a season-best mark of 65.24m at C-USA Championships taking silver.

Taking the track on Friday will be Maribel Caicedo in the 100m hurdles (5:30 p.m.). The freshman is making her first appearance at the west preliminaries. Earlier in the year, she clocked in a collegiate-best time of 13.55 at the Desert Heat Classic.

On Saturday, Iason Machairas will take the field in the men’s shot put at 3:45 p.m. The freshman posted six top-five finishes this season and took bronze at the C-USA Championships. He set a collegiate-best throw of 18.45m at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

The top-12 qualifiers of each event will move on to the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Live streaming of the west preliminaries will be available on flotrack.org. For live results please visit, https://dt8v5llb2dwhs.cloudfront.net/West/index.htm

Schedule
Thursday
Men’s Hammer 1 p.m.
Women’s Javelin 1 p.m.
Women’s 400m Hurdles 5:30 p.m. (First Round)
Men’s 400m Hurdles 6 p.m. (First Round)
Women’s Long Jump 7:45 p.m.
Men’s 400m 8:45 p.m. (First Round)
Women’s 800m 9:10 p.m. (First Round)
Women’s 10,000m 10 p.m.

Friday
Men’s Javelin 1 p.m.
Women’s 100m Hurdles 4:30 p.m. (First Round)
Men’s 400m 6:45 p.m. (Quarterfinals)
Women’s 800m 7:30 p.m. (Quarterfinals)
Women’s 400m Hurdles 8 p.m. (Quarterfinals)

Saturday
Men’s Shot Put 3:45 p.m.
Women’s Triple Jump 4 p.m.
Women’s 100m Hurdles 8:05 p.m. (Quarterfinals)

*The first round (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 400m, 800m) will consist of six heats of eight competitors. Twenty-four, the top three from each heat plus the next best six times, after tie breaking, will qualify from the first round to the quarter-final round.

UTEP Sending 13 Entries to NCAA West Prelims

The UTEP track and field team will be represented by 13 entries at next week’s NCAA West Preliminaries as official selections were announced Thursday.

The meet will take place May 23-25 at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California.

The Miners’ 13 entries – eight women, five men – are spread among 12 events. The top 12 finishers in each event will then advance to the 2019 NCAA Championships (June 5-8) in Austin, Texas.

UTEP Entries

Women (8)

800m

Lilian Koech (2:05.42)

Carolyne Chepkosgei (2:06.45)

 

10,000m

Winny Koech (33:35.68)

 

100m Hurdles

Maribel Caicedo (13.55)

 

400m Hurdles

Kimisha Chambers (57.82)

Dreshanae Rolle (59.23)

 

Long Jump

Chantoba Bright (6.30m)

 

Triple Jump

Chantoba Bright (13.01m)

 

Javelin Throw

Roosa Yloenen (50.44m)

 

Men (5)

400m

Sean Bailey (45.54)

 

400m Hurdles

Shakeem Smith (50.86)

 

Shot Put

Iason Machairas (18.45m)

 

Hammer Throw

Karol Koncos (65.59m)

 

Javelin Throw

Marek Taskar (65.24m)

UTEP Women’s Team Takes Silver at C-USA Championships

Charlotte, N.C. – The women’s UTEP track and field team took second place at the 2019 Conference USA Championships on Sunday afternoon.

It was a close race to the finish and the women’s team fell just shy of claiming the crown at the conference meet. The Miners finished the meet with a total of 102 points, which wasn’t enough to top Charlotte who won the 4x400m relay, securing the 49ers’ team title with 103.5 points.

“Heading into the championship, we had a few individuals that were battling injuries including Linda Cheruiyot (missed championship) which set us back a bit,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “Yesterday some individuals didn’t qualify for the finals, but we still came into the final day with a good group that gave us a chance to win. But Charlotte had a really good relay team that registered a meet record (3:34.76), which we couldn’t match and the relay is what it came down to.”

In her last meet of her collegiate career, Lilian Koech dominated the track in the women’s 1,500m and 800m. The senior took the track in the 1,500m first and ran away with the crown with a time of 4:26.85.

Koech went on to run a solid 800m race, earning a silver medal with a time of 2:05.77. The distance runner tallied a total of 18 points for the Miners.

Teammate Carolyne Chepkosgei also posted a stellar showing, clocking in a third-place finish in the 1,500m (4:28.81). In the 800m, the sophomore crossed the finish line fourth with a time of 2:07.44.

In the hurdles, Kimisha Chambers earned a spot on the podium in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. In the 100m hurdles, the junior crossed the finish line third with a time of 13.73. She went on to take the crown in the 400m hurdles with a winning time of 58.33. Freshman Carshaylah Harrison took eighth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.39.

In the women’s 5,000m, Winny Koech stormed out early as the front runner, posting a winning time of 16:42.02. The Miner finished the C-USA Championships scoring 20 points.

The women’s 4x100m relay (Maribel Caicedo, Chambers, Aphiniti Crupper and Madison Gibson) battled it out for a fourth-place finish with a time of 46.27.

On the field, Roosa Yloenen became the front runner early in the women’s javelin throw. The freshman notched a mark of 48.45m in her first attempt of the day. She went on to top herself with a toss of 49.86m in her fourth attempt. Yloenen won the javelin throw in her first conference championship appearance.

Freshman Chantoba Bright was the lone Miner in the women’s triple jump. The jumper took bronze in the event with a leap of 12.63m posted in her fourth attempt of the day. Bright was named the C-USA Freshman of the Meet, after claiming two bronze-medal finishes.

“On the men’s side, we came into the final day hoping to finish in the top three, but Sean Bailey strained his hamstring in the 400m and that hurt the team,” said Laaksonen. “I think overall the men’s team performed well with the individuals we had going into the meet.”

On the men’s side, Shakeem Smith not only won the 400m hurdles but posted a personal-best time of 50.86. The junior also took the track in the 110m hurdles and posted a sixth-place finish with a time of 14.40.

Miners Iason Machairas and Benjamin Coronado took the field in the final day of the C-USA Championships in the shot put. Freshman Machairas posted a bronze-medal finish of 17.89m in his third throw of the meet. Coronado finished fifth with a mark of 16.98m registered in his third attempt.

In his first meet of his collegiate career, Marek Taskar registered a silver finish in the javelin. The freshman posted a season-best toss of 65.24m in his final attempt of the day.

In the men’s triple jump, Darius King posted a leap of 14.56m to earn an eighth-place finish.

The men’s team finished sixth with 75 points.

Closing out the action was the women’s 4x400m relay (Gibson, Chambers, Rolle and Bolomboy), as the squad went back and forth sitting between fourth and fifth, and ultimately crossed the finish line fourth with a time of 3:41.18.

The Miners will return to the track on May 23-25 in the 2019 NCAA Outdoor West Preliminaries in Sacramento, Ca.

Miners Advance to Finals on Day Three of C-USA Championships

Charlotte, N.C. – The UTEP track and field team closed out the third day of action at the Conference USA Championships, as seven individuals solidified their spots in the finals tomorrow.

Chantoba Bright took bronze in the women’s long jump on Saturday afternoon. The freshman registered a leap of 6.07m in her first attempt of the day.

In the field, Benjamin Coronado and Iason Machairas represented the Orange in Blue in the discus throw. Coronado notched a bronze-medal finish with a personal-best toss of 48.40m. This is the first conference medal for the El Paso native. Machairas finished sixth with a season-best mark of 45.32m.

First on the track for the Miners was Carolyne Chepkosgei and Lilian Koech in the women’s 1,500m. Chepkosgei finished second in the second heat of the morning, posting a time of 4:35.09. Koech won the first heat of the 1,500m clocking in a time of 4:36.78. The duo heads in to the finals ranked second and third, respectively.

The duo returned to the track quickly after and finished one and two in the 800m prelims. Chepkosgei won the first heat with a qualifying time of 2:10.47, while Koech clocked in a winning time of 2:11.50 in heat two. The pair will take the track tomorrow in the 1,500m (2:15 p.m. MT) and 800m (3:20 p.m.).

Kimisha Chambers was the top Miner in the women’s hurdles, garnering a spot in the finals in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, she registered the top time of 59.15. The hurdler heads into tomorrow’s 400m hurdles finals (3:35 p.m.) as the favorite. In the 100m hurdles, Chambers ran in the fastest heat and clocked in a qualifying time of 13.85. The junior finished third overall and will take the track tomorrow at 2:35 p.m.

Teammate Rebecca Oshinbanjo will also represent the Miners in the 100m hurdles finals, after posting a first-place finish (14.39) in heat two. Freshman Carshaylah Harrison also earned a spot in the finals in the 400m hurdles. Harrison ran in the first heat and notched a personal-best time of 1:01.99, finishing sixth overall.

On the men’s side, Sean Bailey was the lone Miner to advance in the 400m. The transfer won heat one with a winning time of 46.37 and heads into tomorrow’s finals ranked second. He will run in the finals at 2:55 p.m.

Shakeem Smith earned a spot in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles finals on Saturday afternoon. The hurdler won the second heat of the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.75. He heads into the finals ranked fourth overall. In the 110m hurdles, Smith finished seventh overall with a time of 14.44. He will take the track tomorrow in the 110m hurdles (2:40 p.m.) and in the 400m hurdles (3:40 p.m.).

Freshman Emilio Rios finished fifth overall in the men’s high jump, notching a personal best of 1.98m.

After only seven events of 21 the men’s team is tied at second place with 37 points. The women’s team is eighth with 18 points.

The Miners will wrap up the C-USA Championships tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. with the women’s shot put. The running events will begin at 2 p.m. with the women’s 4x100m relay.

For live results, schedule and streaming, please visit the CUSA Website

Flyin’ Miners’ Koech Wins Gold at C-USA Championships

Charlotte, N.C. – Junior Winny Koech won the women’s 10,000m at the 2019 Conference USA Championships on Friday night.

The distance runner was the first Miner to claim a gold medal, clocking in a time of 34:49.58.

On the men’s side, underclassmen Rodgers Korir and Boaz Ronoh earned podium finishes in the 10,000m. Korir crossed the finish line second with a time of 30:29.56. Teammate Ronoh posted a bronze-medal finish with a personal-best time of 30:31.53. Sophomore Cornelius Kapel also ran in the event and notched a personal best of 31.39.67.

In the men’s hammer throw, Karol Koncos registered a silver-medal finish with a toss of 61.62m in his final attempt of the day.

Rebecca Oshinbanjo wrapped up the final day of the heptathlon with a seventh-place finish overall. The senior clocked in a time of 2:25.76 in the 800m, notching sixth place.

Oshinbanjo finished eighth in the long jump with a leap of 5.35m. The multi-event athlete helped the Miners earn two points.

After three events, the men’s team is tied for third with 24 points. The women’s team sits in sixth place with 12 points.

The Miners will return to the field Saturday starting at 7 a.m. MT with the women’s discus throw.

For live results, schedule and streaming, please visit the  C-USA Tournament website

Oshinbanjo Represents Miners in First Day of C-USA Championships

Charlotte, N.C. – Senior Rebecca Oshinbanjo was the lone Miner to take the track in the first day of action at the 2019 Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.

Oshinbanjo competed in the first four events of the heptathlon at the Irwin Belk Track. She won the first event of the day, claiming the crown in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.08.

The multi-event athlete went on to finish 11th overall in the high jump with a leap of 1.55m.

The senior posted a mark of 9.01m in the shot put. She finished the day of action with a third-place finish in the 200m (25.47).

Oshinbanjo sits in eighth place after the first day of the heptathlon. She will return to the field tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. MT in the long jump (heptathlon).

For live results, please visit the meet’s website

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