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UTEP Athletics “Picks Up Podcast” premieres

The brand-new “Picks Up Podcast” made its debut Thursday on UTEP Athletics’ official website.

The “Picks Up Podcast” takes an inside look at UTEP Athletics, offering perspectives and analysis not available anywhere else.  Hosted by long-time “Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher, “Picks Up Podcast” kicks off with a visit from Jim Senter who, like his fellow collegiate Athletic Directors, is navigating unique and challenging times due to the onset of COVID-19.

“I look forward to sharing additional Miner content in a new form with those who enjoy UTEP Athletics,” Teicher said.

The “Picks Up Podcast” will air weekly online, with special guests including Miner coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni.

To go directly to the podcast landing page, click here.

Flyin’ Miners’ Bailey, Bright, Caicedo, Chepkosgei, Koncos, Men’s 4×400 head All-C-USA Indoor Selections

DALLAS – Conference USA announced its All-Conference selections as UTEP track and field’s Sean Bailey (400m), Chantoba Bright (long jump), Maribel Caicedo (60m hurdles), Carolyne Chepkosgei (800m), Karol Koncos (weight throw) and the men’s 4x400m relay team were named first team All-C-USA on Tuesday.

Bailey ran a personal-best 46.42 in the men’s 400m, claiming gold, while he was part of the men’s 4x400m relay team that also took gold. Bailey was also named second team all-conference in the 200m, earning a silver medal with a personal-best 21.37.

Bright won gold after leaping out to a personal-best 6.22m in the women’s long jump. The sophomore was named second team All-C-USA after taking silver in the women’s triple jump after posting a 12.94.

Caicedo raced out to a personal-best 8.26 in the women’s 60m hurdles, winning gold. Koncos also claimed gold in his respective event, tossing 19.35m in the men’s weight throw.

Chepkosgei took gold in the women’s 800m, recording a time of 2:11.95, while also being named to the third team in the women’s mile run (4:48.92).

The men’s 4x400m relay team, composed of James Flournoy, Bailey, Shakeem Smith and Jevaughn Powell took gold, recording a time of 3:12.18.

Smith was also named second team all-conference in the men’s 60m hurdles, clocking in a time of 7.94.

Titus Cheruiyot was named second team in the 5000m (14:08.80), and third team in the 3000m (8:13.28).

UTEP nabs four First-Place Finishes on final day of C-USA Indoor Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Al. – UTEP track and field’s Sean Bailey (400m), Maribel Caicedo (60m hurdles), Carolyn Chepkosgei (800m) and the men’s 4x400m relay team all captured gold on the final day at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in the Birmingham CrossPlex on Sunday afternoon.

The UTEP men’s side moved up a spot from day one, placing fourth with 77 points, while the women’s side also moved up a spot, finishing in fifth place with 57 points. Charlotte (135 points) won the men’s side, while the Rice women (110 points) took first.

“Last year the men’s side finished in eighth place, so that was quite an improvement,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “But once our freshmen get going the way they can, we should be right there with the UTSA’s and Middle Tennessee’s. The men’s 4x400m relay team got it done today. That was a good way to end the meet.”

The men’s relay team composed of James Flournoy, Bailey, Shakeem Smith and Jevaughn Powell, capped the day with a 3:12.18. Their performance gave the squad 10 points, which surged the Miners to place in front of fifth-place Rice (76.50 points) by half a point.

And speaking of the freshmen, Titus Cheruiyot had a good showing as he was named the Male Freshman of the Meet. Cheruiyot finished in second place in the 5000m on Saturday, while winning bronze in the men’s 3000m, clocking in a time of 8:13.28.

Bailey, who competed in a trio of events, recorded a personal-best 46.42 in the men’s 400m dash, while he won silver in the 200m with a personal-best 21.37.

“Last year was Sean’s first year with us, and he really had a rough conference meet. But he fought hard today,” Laaksonen said. “Those are tough events (200m, 400m, 4x400m relay) to compete in. You have to feel good to run hard in that many events. You can’t have any aches or pains.”

Caicedo clocked in a time of 8.26 in the women’s 60m hurdles during her first-place finish, while she finished fourth in the 60m dash, registering a personal-best 7.55.

Chepkosgei ran a 2:11.95 in the women’s 800m, crossing the finish line first. She also won bronze in the women’s mile, recording a time of 4:48.39.

Chantoba Bright displayed another stellar showing, as the sophomore sensation won silver in the women’s triple jump (12.94m).

Smith clocked in a 7.94, good for silver in the men’s 60m hurdles.

Benjamin Coronado finished fourth in the men’s shot put (16.23m), while Sah-Jay Stevens placed sixth (13.86m) on the women’s side.

Kenneth Talavera finished in sixth place, clocking in a personal-best 4:12.20 in the men’s mile.

Flournoy placed seventh in the men’s 200m, recording a time of 21.83.

C-USA honors UTEP’s Bright, Chepkosgei and Koncos Athletes of the Week

DALLAS – For the second time this season a trio of UTEP track and field student-athletes were named the Conference USA Indoor Athletes of the Week presented by Top of the World as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.

The UTEP ladies swept the weekly honors as sophomore Chantoba Bright was name the female field athlete of the week and Carolyn Chepkosgei the female track athlete of the week. Redshirt junior Karol Koncos was named the men’s field athlete of the week.

Bright leaped out to a personal-best 13.28m mark in the women’s triple jump and placing second at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico. The Wismar Linden, Guyana, product posted the no. 1 mark in C-USA and 14th best nationally.

For Bright, it’s her second honor in as many weeks in the triple jump.

Overall, it’s third indoor athlete of the week honor this season and fourth of her career. Bright earned her first of the season on Jan. 28 after winning the long jump at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational. She earned her second of the season on Feb. 23 after winning her first career triple jump event at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

Chepkosgei posted a 2:07.16 in the women’s 800m at the Iowa State Classic, clocking in the no. 1 time in C-USA and 35th nationally. It’s the first athlete of the week honor for the Kitale, Kenya, product.

Koncos posted a personal-best 20.56m toss in the men’s weight throw and placed first at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. The Vidina, Slovakia, product recorded the no. 1 throw in C-USA and 35th best nationally this past weekend. For Koncos, it’s his second athlete of the week honor of the season and during his career. He first earned his first weekly honor on Jan. 28 after stellar performance at the MKL Invite.

Bright, Chepkosgei, Koncos and the Miners will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to compete at the C-USA Indoor Championships on February 22-23.

UTEP Track & Field completes first day at the Don Kirby Elite

ALBUQUERQUE – The UTEP track and field team produced another successful effort on the first day at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico in the Albuquerque Convention Center on Thursday afternoon.

Karol Koncos highlighted the day as the junior set a personal best in the men’s weight throw, tossing a 20.56m mark and placing first. Benjamin Coronado also set a personal best, recording a 16.25m mark.

Yasmine George clocked a personal-best 56.88 in the women’s 400m, placing 11th.

Madison Gibson ran a personal-best in the women’s 200m, clocking in a 24.69. Geraldy Barron (25.78) and Natalia Roberts (26.31) also posted a personal-bests in the 200m.

Boaz Ronoh recorded an 8:44.65 in the men’s 3000m, finishing fifth.

El Paso native Keith Rodriguez registered a personal-best 4.62 in the men’s pole vault, placing fifth.

A pair of throwers set personal marks in the women’s weight throw. Samantha Cordier posted an 18.05m mark, finishing 10th place, while Sah-Jay Stevens recorded a 17.13m.

Friday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. MT with the men’s and women’s shot put. The final day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay.

Flyin’ Miners to compete at Don Kirby Elite Invitational; Send Runners to Iowa State Classic

The UTEP track and field team will head to Albuquerque, for a third consecutive meet as the Miners will compete at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center on February 13-14.

Three other Miners will travel to Ames to run at the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15.

The Miners will take the track and field with schools such as Oregon, Colorado, UCLA, Utah, California, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, SMU, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Multiple Mountain West programs will make trip as Air Force, Colorado State, Utah State, San Jose State, UNLV, San Diego State and Fresno State will be at the two-day meet.

Stanford, Oregon, Colorado and Washington are ranked eighth through 11th in the latest USTCCCA national women’s rankings, while UNM is ranked 12th. Oregon is ranked 11th and Colorado 17th.

The meet will begin at 1 p.m. MT with the women’s long jump, women’s weight throw and men’s pole vault. The track events begin at 2:30 p.m. with the men’s 400m. Friday’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s shot put and track events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the qualifying round of the women’s 60m hurdles.

Both days of the meet will be streamed on FloTrack HERE. Live results will also be available HERE.

Heading to Ames, Iowa, are a trio of distance runners. Titus Cheruiyot and Rodgers Korir will compete in the 5K, while Carolyne Chepkosgei will run the 800m.

Live results for the Iowa State Classic will be available HERE, while it will be streamed on FloTrack HERE.

At last week’s New Mexico Collegiate Classic saw multiple Miners set personal bests, highlighted by Shakeem Smith’s school-record setting 7.89 in the 60m hurdles. The other Miners to set PB’s were: Kenneth Talavera (800m – 1:54.31), Sam Zambrano (mile – 4:40.21), Titus Cheruiyot (3K – 8:21.93), Kayn Quinones (3K – 9:17.23), Devin Mungro (triple jump – 14.12m), Austin Ondijo (high jump – 1.99m), Benjamin Coronado (shot put – 17.47m), Karol Koncos (weight throw – 20.03), Arturo Ciriza (pole vault – 4.51m), Keith Rodriguez (pole vault – 4.51m), James Flournoy (60m – 7.01), Davion Bynaum (200m – 21.59), Jevaughn Powell (400m – 47.50), Joan Kimaiyo (3K – 11:05.33), Sah-Jay Stevens (weight throw – 15.43m), Samantha Cordier (weight throw – 15.43m), Maribel Caicedo (60m – 7.67, 60m hurdles – 8.37), Jasmine George (400m – 57.47), Johna Diggs (200m – 26.43) and Natalia Roberts (200m – 26.62).

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C-USA Announces UTEP’s Chantoba Bright Female Field Athlete of the Week

DALLAS – Chantoba Bright’s sophomore campaign is off to a shining start as she was named the Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Week presented by Top of the World the league announced on Tuesday.

Bright won her first ever triple jump event, leaping out to a 12.98m mark at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on February 8. Her distance was ranked 20th nationally, while it ranked second in the conference.

The weekly indoor honor is Bright’s second of the season and third overall during her career.

She was named the indoor athlete of the week on January 28 following her first-place finish in the long jump (6.01m) at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational.

Bright’s career results via TFRRS.

The Miners will return to the track and field on February 13-14 at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico.

The C-USA Championships will follow on February 22-23 in Birmingham.

Smith sets school record again, Bright & Bailey claim victories on Final Day UNM Collegiate Classic

ALBUQUERQUE – The UTEP track and field team saw more success on the final day at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday afternoon.

After 14 student-athletes set personal bests on Friday, on Saturday one set a school record, two won their respective events and seven more career bests were set.

“The men’s side displayed a very good meet, tons of new personal bests were set on that side. The team strongly improved their position for the conference meet,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “The women didn’t have a bad meet either as a few individuals stood out. We’re two weeks away from the Conference USA Championships, but will return to Albuquerque next week for the final tune-up. We’re also sending three distance student-athletes – Titus Cheruiyot and Rodgers Korir, and Carolyne Chepkosgei – to Iowa State next weekend, providing them with an opportunity to run a NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying time there in face-paced races.”

Shakeem Smith has been a speedster this indoor season, breaking his own school record with a time of 7.89, and finishing fourth in the men’s 60m hurdles. He broke his previous mark of 7.90 set a few weeks back at the Corky Classic.

Sean Bailey raced out to a personal-best 46.37 in the men’s 400m dash with a gold-medal finish, while Jevaughn Powell placed third with a time of 47.50.

Chantoba Bright won her second overall event this season, leaping out to a 12.98m mark in the women’s triple jump.

Benjamin Coronado had a great day, as Franklin HS graduate recorded a 17.47m mark in the men’s shot put, best for third place, and blowing past his previous personal best of 15.94m.

In the women’s shot put, Sah-Jay Stevens placed eighth with a toss of 13.77m. Cierra Chenault (11.92m) and Kayla Larry (11.76m) set personal bests with their respective throws.

Devin Mungro hit a personal best mark with a 14.12m leap in the men’s triple jump.

Sam Zambrano set a personal best with a time of 4:40.21 in the men’s mile.

Carolyne Chepkosgei finished in third in the women’s mile run, posting a 4:59.08.

Kenneth Talavera placed sixth in the men’s 800m, posting a time of 1:54.31. In the women’s 800m, Karoline Daland clocked in a 2:15.36, good for sixth.

In the men’s 400m 4×400 relay, the team of Flournoy, Bailey, Powell and Bynaum placed fourth, clocking in a 3:12.72. On the women’s side, the team of Yasmine George, Madison Gibson, Natalia Roberts and Carshaylah Harrison posted a 3:52.96.

Up next, the Miners will travel to a pair of events next weekend. The majority of the team will compete at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by New Mexico on February 13-14, while three distance runners, Titus Cheruiyot and Korir will compete in the 5K, and Chepkosgei will compete in the 800m at the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15.

The C-USA Championships will be held on February 22-23 in Birmingham, Alabama.

FINAL RESULTS LINK: http://www.liverunningresults.com/events/unmcc20/

Multiple Miners set personal bests at Day One of UNM Collegiate Classic

ALBUQUERQUE – Fourteen Miners set personal bests, as the UTEP track and field team concluded day one at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic Friday evening in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Titus Cheruiyot claimed his third 3000m title of the season, finishing with a personal-best 8:21.93. Teammates Rodgers Korir placed seventh (8:40.86) and Boaz Ronoh finished eighth with a personal-best 8:42.30. Kayn Quinones also recorded a personal best with a 9:17.23.

In the women’s 200m dash, Johna Diggs clocked a personal-best 26.43, while Natalia Roberts also set a personal best, recording a 26.62.

Linda Cheruiyot placed 10th in the 3000m, clocking in a 10:25.26, while Joan Kimaiyo ran a personal-best 11:05.33.

Yasmine George ran a personal-best 57.47 in the 400m, placing 13th.

Davion Bynaum set a personal best, recording a time of 21.59 in the 200m dash.

Karol Koncos set his personal best in the weight throw, registering a 20.03m toss, placing fourth. Benjamin Coronado finished 11th in the weight throw, recording a 15.36m toss.

A pair of El Paso products set personal bests in the pole vault. Freshman Keith Rodriguez (Eastlake HS) and redshirt junior Arturo Ciriza (Bel Air HS) each recorded a 4.51m.

Samantha Cordier has been getting stronger as the season has progressed, setting another personal best in the weight throw with a toss of 17.54m, finishing sixth in the finals. Sah-Jay Stevens also set a personal best in the weight throw, notching a 15.43m toss.

Emilio Rios and Austin Ondijo each set personal-best marks in the high jump, registering a 1.99m.

Day two will resume Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with the men’s “A” pole vault and women’s shot put, and will end at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay.

Both days will be streamed on FloTrack and live results will be available HERE.

Flyin’ Miners return to action at New Mexico Collegiate Classic

After a week off, the UTEP track and field team will make its second return to Albuquerque to compete at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on February 7-8 in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Friday’s events will start at 3 p.m. MT with the women’s weight throw and will conclude at 7:50 p.m. with the women’s 200m.

Saturday’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the men’s “A” pole vault and women’s shot put, and will end at 2:30 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay.

Both days will be streamed on FloTrack and live results will be available HERE.

The Miners will be competing alongside host New Mexico in which the Lobo women are ranked 12th in the latest rankings. The weekend will also include Alabama, Kentucky (ranked seventh on the women’s side and 15th for the men), Texas (men’s team ranked third, women ranked fourth), UCLA (men ranked 22nd), Texas Tech (ranked 21st in the men’s rankings and 23rd in the women’s rankings), Arizona State, San Diego State and UNLV.

UTEP last competed at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque on January 24-25.

Multiple Miners set personal bests as Sean Bailey clocked a 46.51 in the 400m, Cory Calvani recorded a 1:33.66 in the 600m, Sam Zambrano ran a 4:50.47 in the mile run, Titus Cheruiyot registered an 8:28.00 in the 3000m and Rodgers Korir (8:32.90) in the same event, and Benjamin Coronado tossed a 15.94m in the shot put on the men’s side.

Setting personal bests for the women at the MLK Invite were Natalia Roberts who clocked in a 26.98 in the 200m, Aphiniti Crupper recorded a 1:02.41 in the 400m, Joan Kimaiyo tallied a 11:26.64 in the 3000m, Cierra Chenault tossed a 11.65m in the in the shot put, and Samantha Cordier registered a 16.98m in the weight throw.

The Miners will return to Albuquerque for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational on February 13-14 and the Iowa State Classic on February 14-15. The Conference USA Championships will follow on February 22-23 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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.

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