The UTEP track and field team closed out the second day of action at the UTEP Springtime.
The team honored seniors Lilian Koech, Rebecca Oshinbanjo, Dreshanae Rolle, Carvellion Horn and Antony Kosgei, as they competed in their last home meet of their collegiate careers.
The women’s 4x100m relay opened the collegiate events. Representing the women’s squad were Maribel Caicedo, Madison Gibson, Oshinbanjo and Geraldy Barron. The Miners got off to a solid start, but New Mexico Junior College edged UTEP out by posting a time of 47.31. The Miners clocked in at 47.60, taking second overall.
On the field, freshman Chantoba Bright continued her success by posting a winning leap of 6.30m (20-08.00) W:3.1. Her mark currently rates first in the nation. Bright also notched a wind-legal mark of 6.23m, which rates fourth all time in the UTEP record book.
Newcomers Roosa Ylönenand Kaylah Shepherd opened the outdoor season representing the Miners in the javelin. The Miners went one-two, with Ylönenregistering a winning toss of 46.76m (153-05). Shepherd’s best toss of 42.06m (138-00) came in her second attempt of the day.
Senior Koech took the track for the final time at home in the Orange and Blue, claiming first place in the 400m with a time of 56.12. Madison Gibson crossed the finish line third with a time of 57.72.
Winny Koech made her return to the track taking first in the mile with a time of 5:12.90.
Teammate Carolyne Chepkosgei secured the top spot in the 800m with a personal best of 2:14.16. Her time currently rates sixth nationally.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, Maribel Caicedo won the event with a time of 14.01. Teammate Oshinbanjo finished third, stopping the watch at 14.15.
Karoline Daland led the UTEP women in the 400m hurdles, clocking in a second-place finish with a time of 1:05.02. Breona Pinkney took fifth with a time of 1:09.08.
Aphiniti Crupper claimed the win in the women’s 200m with a time of 25.25 (W:3.3).
Sean Bailey led the men’s team, registering a personal-best time of 21.10 in the 200m to notch first overall. His time is currently the third-fastest time collegiately. The transfer also posted a winning time of 47.36 in the men’s 400m.
On the field, freshman Iason Machairas led the Miners in the shot put with a toss of 17.52m (57-05.75) to claim second overall. Teammate Benjamin Coronado took third with a mark of 15.30m (50-02.50).
In the men’s long jump, Devin Mungro won the event with a leap of 6.80m (22-03.75) W: 3.0.
In the high jump, Emilio Rios won with a jump of 1.93m (6-04.00). Teammate Austin Ondijo took second with the leap of 1.88m (6-02.00).
The men’s 800m featured Michael Sims, Isaiah Page and Cornelius Kapel. The Miners notched the top three spots in the leaderboard, with Sims leading the way with a personal-best time of 2:05.71. Page followed with a clocking of 2:05.99, while Kapel took third with a readout of 2:06.05.
Shakeem Smith opened the outdoor season with a win in the 110m hurdles. The junior notched a winning time of 14.73 (W: 3.7).
The Miners will return to the track on March 27 for the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
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The UTEP track and field team will open the outdoor season on Friday and Saturday as it hosts the UTEP Springtime at Kidd Field.
The Miners will also be hosting 15 local high schools (Andress, Austin, Burges, Canutillo, Eastlake, El Paso, Franklin, Hanks, Horizon, Irvin (girls only), Mt. View, Parkland, Pebble Hills, Riverside and Socorro), which will be competing at the Miners only home meet of the season.
The meet will kickoff on Friday with the men’s and women’s hammer starting at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.
On the men’s side, Karol Koncos will look to make a comeback in the hammer throw after missing the 2018 season due to an injury. He finished the indoor season with a season best in the weight throw posted at the 2019 C-USA Championships. During the 2017 outdoor season, Koncos took bronze at the Conference USA Championship with a personal best of 64.29m in the hammer throw. Koncos will also take the field in the discus throw, which is scheduled at 12:15 p.m.
Teammate Iason Machairas will also take the field in the discus, making his outdoor debut. The freshman had a stellar collegiate open, taking fourth overall in the shot put at the 2019 C-USA Indoor Championships. Sophomore Benjamin Coronado will also represent UTEP in the hammer throw and discus.
The men’s triple jump and the men’s 3,000m are schedule to close out the collegiate events on Friday at 9:30 p.m.
The men’s triple jump will feature sophomores Darius King and Devin Mungro. King closed out the indoor season with a sixth-place finish in the triple jump at the conference meet.
The men’s 3,000m will include underclassmen Cornelius Kapel, Rodgers Korir and Daniel Maes.
On Saturday, the action will kick off with the girls 3,200m at 8:30 a.m. and the girls long jump at 9 a.m. The college division will start with the men’s 4x100m relay at 12:30 p.m. and the women’s pole vault at 1:30 p.m.
Highlighting the women’s 800m will be Carolyne Chepkosgei. The sophomore registered an indoor personal best this season, posting a time of 2:06.53. She also helped the women’s cross country team claim a C-USA title. Chepkosgei will take the track on 12:50 p.m. and will be joined by teammates Andrea Lucero and Destiny White.
Highlighting the men’s sprints is transfer Sean Bailey running in the 400m (2:30 p.m.) and 200m (4:40 p.m.). The junior closed out his first indoor season with the Orange and Blue, earning a bronze medal in the 400m at the C-USA Championships. He will look to continue his success this outdoor season.
Freshman standout Chantoba Bright will open the outdoor season in the women’s long jump beginning at 4 p.m. The jumper barely missed the NCAA Indoor Championships sitting at 20th nationally in the triple jump. She notched an indoor best of 6.14m in the long jump and 13.15m in the triple jump.
Freshmen Karoline Daland and Breona Pinkney will represent the Miners in the women’s 400m set to begin at 4:05 p.m.
Closing out the distance races for the Miners will be Linda Cheruiyot and Winny Koech in the women’s mile at 6:15 p.m. Cheruiyot led the women’s team to a 2019 C-USA Indoor Championship title, posting a gold medal and silver medal finish in the 3,000m and 5,000m, respectively. Koech missed the 2019 indoor season, but helped the women’s cross country team claim their first conference title (2018).
The meet will conclude with the women’s 4x400m relay scheduled at 7:40 p.m.
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UT El Paso February 17, 2019Sports, UTEPComments Off on UTEP Women’s Track and Field Team Wins C-USA Title
Birmingham, Al. – The women’s UTEP track and field team won the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday afternoon in Birmingham.
“Coaches are extremely proud of the women’s championship team,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “Girls came out strong this weekend and fought hard from beginning to end. I don’t think anything went wrong for us and we got all the points we were supposed to get plus more.”
The Miners recorded a total of 89.50 points, beating Charlotte (81 points) by 8.5 points. The women’s team last won the indoor team title in 2017, when UTEP earned three consecutive indoor titles (2015, 2016, 2017).
It all came down to the final event of the day, the women’s team headed into the 4x400m(Dreshanae Rolle, Madison Gibson, Kimisha Chambers and Annette Bolomboy) race with 81.50 points with Charlotte closely behind with 75 points. UTEP took the track first in the second heat of the relay.
The Miners battled it out with North Texas every step of the way but Chambers held on to the lead in the third leg of the relay. Bolomboy sustained the lead and won the heat for the team with a season-best time. The squad would have to sit and wait for the final heat, which featured Middle Tennessee and Charlotte.
The 49ers controlled the relay, until the Blue Raiders ran away with the lead in the final leg. Middle Tennessee won the 4×400 mrelay with a time of 3:41.33, while UTEP took second with a time of 3:43.39 and Charlotte finished third at 3:43.43.
The women wasted no time in earning a spot on the top of the leaderboard after finishing first and second in the first track event of the day. Senior Lilian Koechran a steady race and challenged teammate Carolyne Chepkosgei in the mile.
Koech claimed the gold medal crossing the finish line with a time of 4:53.58. Chepkosgei earned a silver finish with a time of 4:53.91. The duo earned the squad a total of 18 points.
The next event for the Miners was the 60m hurdles featuring Chambers, Rebecca Oshinbanjo and Maribel Caicedo. Chambers led the group notching a bronze medal with a personal-best time of 8.46. Oshinbanjo and Caicedo took fifth (8.68) and sixth (8.69), respectively. The trio helped the team earn 13 points.
Sophomore Bolomboy was the lone Miner in the 400m finals. She helped UTEP garner two points, finishing seventh overall with a time of 56.70. Teammate Chambers took the track once more in the 200m. The junior posted a sixth-place finish (24.54) claiming three additional points.
Koech and Chepkosgei took the track once again in the 800m finals. Koech was the top finisher for the Miners taking silver with a time of 2:11.12. Chepkosgei followed closely behind clocking in at 2:11.27 earning a bronze medal. Teammate Karoline Daland also took the track for the second time in her collegiate career in the 800m. She helped the squad earn two points with a seventh-place finish posting a personal-best time of 2:13.34.
In the women’s 3,000m, Linda Cheruiyotran behind UAB’s Emily Brouin the whole race, but in the final 400m Cheruiyot claimed the lead and won with a time of 9:30.67. Teammates Koech and Chepkosgei finished ninth (10:03.95) and 10th(10:04.64), respectively.
On the field, freshman Chantoba Bright earned a spot on the podium in her first C-USA Championship appearance. She took bronze posting a leap of 13.15m (43-01.75) in her second attempt of the final day of competition.
Carshaylah Harrison secured points in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 1.66m (5-05.25).
The men’s 400m final was split into two heats. The first heat included junior Sean Bailey. He got off to a slow start but a late kick in the final lap put him in a photo-finish situation, which showed Bailey winning the heat with a time of 46.89. Bailey garnered a spot on the podium, finishing third overall in the event.
In the field, duo Iason Machairas and Benjamin Coronado notched a fourth and fifth in the shot put, respectively. Machairas posted his best mark of 17.15m (56-03.25) in his third attempt of the day. Coronado also had his best toss in his third attempt with a mark of 15.75m (51-08.25).
Next up for the Miners is the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Al.
UT El Paso February 14, 2019Sports, UTEPComments Off on Flyin’ Miners Gear Up for C-USA Indoor Championships
The UTEP track and field team is geared up for the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday and Sunday.
The meet will kick off on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. MT with the pentathlon. Rebecca Oshinbanjo will represent the Miners in the pentathlon and will also take the track in the 60m hurdles prelims at 3:55 p.m. The pentathlon will included the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m.
On the field Saturday, Etamar Bhastekar will compete in the pole vault at 3 p.m. The sophomore currently ranks fourth in the league with a personal-best clearance of 5.18m, which was registered at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational (Feb. 9).
Teammate Karol Koncos will take the field at the same time in the men’s weight throw. The sophomore missed last indoor season due to an injury, but has made his way to the top of the leaderboard by rating fourth in C-USA. The thrower has posted two second-place finishes and one win during the regular season. His season-best mark is 18.87m, recorded at the New Mexico Classic (Feb. 2).
Freshman standout Chantoba Bright will be competing in the second flight of the long jump at approximately 3 p.m. In her first indoor season, Bright has made a name for herself by ranking fifth and sixth in the UTEP record book in the long and triple jump, respectively. The jumper also ranks third in C-USA in the long jump with a mark of 6.14m notched at the Don Kirby (Feb. 9). The freshman will return on Sunday to compete in the triple jump at 1 p.m. She currently sits in the No. 3 spot in the event with a leap of 12.77m, which was set at the New Mexico Classic.
On the men’s side, Darius King will be the only Miner competing in the long jump at 5:30 p.m. and triple jump on Sunday at 10 a.m.
On Saturday, the running events will start with the women’s mile trials at 3:15 p.m., which will feature Lilian Koech and Carolyne Chepkosgei. The duo returns to the track after a stellar showing at the Vanderbilt Music City Challenge. Koech and Chepkosgei hold the top-two spots in C-USA in the mile. They also rate second and third in the league in the 800m. They will return to the track in the 800m trials at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday. The finals for the mile and 800m will take place on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. On Sunday, both will race in the 3,000m at 2:15 p.m.
Four Miners (Carshaylah Harrison, Oshinbanjo, Kimisha Chambers and Maribel Caicedo) will take the track in the women’s 60m hurdles prelims at 3:55 p.m. Chambers leads the group, ranking fourth in C-USA with a mark of 8.49 registered at the season opener. Senior Oshinbanjo trails closely behind, rating seventh in the league in the event. The top individual from each heat plus the next five best times will advance to the finals on Sunday at 12:40 p.m.
In the evening, UTEP will race in the men’s 400m prelims which are set to start at 4:50 p.m. Junior Sean Bailey heads into the race ranked third in C-USA and 42nd nationally with a time of 46.86. The top eight times will advance to the finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The sprinter will also compete in the men’s 200m on Saturday at 6 p.m. It will be the first time this indoor season that Bailey races in the 200m.
On Sunday, the meet will resume with the men’s shot put at 10 a.m. Freshman Iason Machairas and sophomore Benjamin Coronado will represent the Orange and Blue. Machairas rates third in C-USA with a toss of 17.26m, which was posted at the New Mexico Classic (Feb. 2). Teammate Coronado checks in at sixth in the league with a mark of 15.75m.
The C-USA Championships will conclude with the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays, which are set to start at 2:40 p.m.
Live coverage and live results will be available on championship central. On Sunday, coverage will be streamed on CUSA.TV and will switch to ESPN+ starting at 1 p.m.
UT El Paso February 9, 2019UTEPComments Off on Flyin’ Miners Shine on the Track Saturday Afternoon
Albuquerque – The UTEP track and field team completed a full day of competition at the Don Kirby and Vanderbilt Music City Challenge in Albuquerque and Nashville, Tn., respectively.
Duo Lilian Koech and Carolyne Chepkosgei were the two Miners that represented the Miners at the Vanderbilt Music City Challenge meet. Koechclocked in a first-place finish in the women’s 800m posting a winning time of 2:06.29. The mid-distance runner currently ranks 19th nationally and fourth all-time at UTEP.
Teammate Chepkosgei took third in the 800m clocking in a time of 2:06.53. The sophomore now rates 22nd nationally and fifth in the UTEP record book.
At the Don Kirby, Sean Bailey crossed the finish line with a winning time of 46.86 in the 400m. The sprinter has registered consecutive wins after claiming the victory last week at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. The junior moves up the national leaderboard ranking 34th. Bailey also rates fifth all-time at UTEP.
On the field, Darius King finished 10thin the triple jump in a field of 20 competitors. The sophomore recorded a leap of 14.44m (47-04.50) in his third attempt of the day.
In the women’s 60m hurdles qualifying round, Rebecca Oshinbanjotook sixth overall. The senior posted a time of 8.81 advancing to the preliminary round. In the preliminary round, the Miners fell short. KimishaChambers finished 13th(8.59), while Oshinbanjotook 20thplace.
On the professional circuit, former Miners Michael Saruniand TobiAmusancompeted at the 112thNYRR MillroseGames in New York.
Saruniwon the men’s 800mbeating USA runner DonavanBrazier. The mid-distance runner clocked in a time of 1:43.98 breaking the African, Kenyan and meet record. His stellar performance officially makes him the second-fastest man ever in the indoor 800m.
On the women’s side, Amusannotched a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles. The Adidas runner clocked in a time of 8.03, finishing closely behind SharikaNelvis(8.01).
The Miners will return to the track Feb. 16-17 to compete in the Conference USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
UT El Paso February 2, 2019UTEPComments Off on Flyin’ Miners Execute on Final Day of New Mexico Collegiate Classic
Albuquerque – The UTEP track and field team showed improvements on the final day of the New Mexico Collegiate Classic Saturday.
“Some of our higher profile student-athletes are starting to look sharper,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “I think we took big strides forward in several events and we plan to go back to Albuquerque next week for our final tune-up before conference indoor championships with a very lean team.”
Leading the way for the Miners was distance runner Lilian Koech. She clocked in a season-best time of 4:46.21 in the mile to take second overall in the competitive field. The senior currently checks in at 57th nationally and first in Conference USA in the event. Teammate Carolyne Chepkosgei finished closely behind, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:47.31. The sophomore not only posted a personal-best time but also ranks second in the league in the mile.
In the women’s 60m quarterfinals former Miner great Tobi Amusan opened the meet with a stellar showing. The Adidas athlete dashed past the competition, posting a winning time of 7.44 and advancing to the preliminaries. In the second round of the 60m, Amusan took second in the second heat after clocking in at 7.41. She went on to finish sixth overall (7.45) in the finals.
Junior Kimisha Chambers competed for the second time this meet, representing the Miners in the 400m dash. The transfer took the track in the final section of the event and finished third overall with a time of 55.40. Chambers checks in at fourth in the league in the event. Teammates Madison Gibson (56.29) and Annette Bolomboy (56.36) crossed the finish line seventh and eighth, respectively.
Junior Sean Bailey dominated the men’s 400m, posting a personal-best time of 46.87 to claim first place overall. The sprinter currently ranks 19th nationally and second in C-USA in the event. He also rates fifth all-time in UTEP history in the indoor 400m.
Darius King finished second in the triple jump in his final attempt of the day. The sophomore posted a season-best leap of 14.62m (47-11.75). On the women’s side, Chantoba Bright also took second in her final attempt of the day, with a mark of 12.77m (41-10.75). The freshman rates 30th nationally and second in C-USA in the triple jump. Bright also earned a spot in the UTEP record book, checking in at sixth in the triple jump.
In the men’s 60m hurdles prelims Shakeem Smith ran in the fastest heat and earned a spot in the finals with a time of 8.13. The senior finished fifth overall in the 60m hurdles in a field that included 19 runners.
In the men’s shot put, freshman Iason Machairas once again improved his mark. The thrower registered a personal best of 17.26m (56-07.50) and sits third overall in the event in the league.
The Miners wrapped up the meet with a third-place finish in the men’s 4x400m relay. The relay featured Luis Baca, Bailey, Carvellion Horn and Anthony Brinson. The team clocked in a time of 3:21.42 and won the second section of the event.
The squad will compete at the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational Feb. 8-9 in Albuquerque, N.M.
The UTEP track and field team will travel to College Station to compete in the Texas A&M Triangular Meet on Saturday.
On the women’s side, 17 Miners will represent the Orange and Blue. Leading the squad will be transfer Kimisha Chambers in the women’s 60m hurdles at 1 p.m. MT. The junior has already left her mark at UTEP, posting the eighth-fastest time (8.49) in the 60m hurdles in program history.
The women’s 800m will be fully loaded with Carolyne Chepkosgei, Lilian Koech and Destiny White taking the track for the Miners at 1:40 p.m. Chepkosgei won the women’s 1,000m by clocking in a time of 2:53.74 at the Texas Tech Corky Classic on Jan. 12. Her personal-best time (2:09.50) was posted last season at the Conference USA Championships, where she took silver.
Koech will be racing in the 800m for the first time this season. She won the mile run with a time of 4:59.88 in the first meet of the season on Jan. 12. White, who took eighth in the 1,000m at the Texas Tech Corky Classic on Jan. 12, will also compete in the 800m for the first time this season.
Three Miners will also run in the 400m set for 1:05 p.m. Junior Madison Gibson will lead the group. She ran a personal-best time of 56.52 at the 2018 New Mexico Classic. Also participating the 400m will be Karoline Daland and Dreshanae Rolle, who finished fourth and fifth in the 600m at the Texas Tech Corky Classic, respectively.
On the field, Chantoba Bright will be the lone Miner in the long jump (12:15 p.m.). The freshman finished fourth at the Texas Tech Corky Classic with a mark of 5.90m, which is currently the top mark in C-USA by a freshman.
On the men’s side, 19 student-athletes will represent UTEP.
The men’s field events will feature freshman Iason Machairas in the shot put at approximately 1:30 p.m. The thrower took third in the season opener on Jan. 12 with a mark of 17.11m, which currently ranks second in C-USA.
Sophomore Karol Koncos will once again compete in the weight throw (1:30 p.m.) for the Miner. On Jan. 12, he won the event with a toss of 18.54m. Joining him will be teammate Benjamin Coronado, who will compete in the weight throw and shot put.
In the sprints side, the men’s 400m (1:15 p.m.) will consist of Sean Bailey, Carvellion Horn and Luis Baca. At the Texas Tech Corky Classic, Bailey posted a second-place finish in the 600m by clocking in at 1:10.07.
Horn took the track in the 400m at the Texas Tech Corky Classic and recorded a second-place finish.
The men’s mile run (12:45 p.m.) will feature sophomores Boaz Ronoh and Cornelius Kapel. Kapel crossed the finish line second with a time of 4:16.68 in the mile run on Jan. 12. Ronoh finished first in the 3,000m at the Texas Tech Corky Classic and will compete in the mile for the first time this season.
UT El Paso January 12, 2019UTEPComments Off on Flyin’ Miners Shine in First Indoor Meet of Season
Lubbock – The UTEP track and field team opened the 2019 indoor season at the Texas Tech Corky Classic at the Sports Performance Center on Saturday.
Transfer Kimisha Chambers wasted no time in getting out of blocks in her first meet with the Orange and Blue. The junior posted a third-place finish in the 200m clocking in a time of 24.20. She went on to register a personal best of 8.49 in the 60m hurdles finishing fifth overall. Chambers currently ranks 23rd nationally in the 60m hurdles with her time at the Texas Tech Corky Invitational.
In the field events, sophomore Karol Koncos returned to action after missing the 2018 season due to an injury. The thrower notched a winning mark of 18.54m (60-10) in his second attempt of the day.
Freshman Iason Machairas opened his collegiate career with a third-place finish in the shot put. He posted a mark of 17.11m (56-1.75) in his second attempt of the day.
Sophomore Etamar Bhastekar was the lone Miner in the pole vault and notched a fourth-place finish with a mark of 4.87m (15-11.75).
In her first meet with the Miners, Chantoba Bright posted a leap of 5.90m (19-4.25) in the long jump, which ranks her 24th nationally.
On the distance side, Cornelius Kapel took second in the mile run with a time of 4:16.68. Sophomore Boaz Ronoh led the Miners in the 3,000m finishing first overall clocking in at 8:51.26. Teammates Rodgers Korir and Kapel followed crossing the finish line at 8:54.80 and 8:59.34, respectively.
On the women’s side, sophomore Carolyne Chepkosgei opened the season with a personal-best time of 2:53.74, notching a first-place finish in the 1,000m.
Teammate Lilian Koech also recorded a winning time in the mile run crossing the finish line with a time of 4:59.88.
The sprinters also proved to be a threat on the track as underclassmen Annette Bolomboy and Natalia Roberts finished second and third in the 400m, respectively.
Freshman Dennis Johnson opened the season with a fourth-place finish crossing the finish line at 6.83 in the 60m.
Senior Kyle Farrell finished sixth out of 18 runners in the 200m with a time of 21.64. Teammate Sean Bailey ran in the 600m and posted a time of 1:10.07 taking second overall.
UTEP will be back in action next week at the Texas A&M Quad Meet in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.
UT El Paso January 10, 2019Sports, UTEPComments Off on Flyin’ Miners Open Indoor Season at Texas Tech Corky Classic
The UTEP track and field team will open the indoor season on Saturday at the Texas Tech Corky Classic in Lubbock, Texas.
The Miners will be competing at the Sports Performance Center, going up against Garden City, Houston, Oklahoma and host Texas Tech. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. MT with the women’s shot put, while the running events are set to start at 12 p.m. with the women’s mile.
Highlighting the women’s team is Lilian Koech. The distance runner has garnered 12 conference medals in the Orange and Blue. Koech won the 2018 Conference USA Championships in the mile and registered a season best of 4:45.62 at the 2018 Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational. The senior will open the season with the mile run at 12 p.m.
Also taking the track for the Miners is Carolyne Chepkosgei, Andrea Lucero and Destiny White in the 1,000m (2 p.m.). All three distance runners were a part of the 2018 Cross Country C-USA Championship team. Last season, Chepkosgei earned a silver medal at the C-USA Indoor Championships in the 800m with a personal best of 2:09.50.
The women’s 200m will feature six Miners; including transfer Kimisha Chambers, who clocked in a personal best of 24.19 in the 200m at the 2018 NJCAA Indoor Championships. The junior also notched a silver medal in the 60m hurdles at the NJCAA Championships.
Senior Rebecca Oshinbanjo will also compete in the 200m and 60m hurdles. The hurdler notched an eight-place finish at the 2018 C-USA Championships. Oshinbanjo posted a personal-best time of 8.50 in the 60m hurdles last season.
Chambers and Oshinbanjo will take the track in the 60m hurdles at 1 p.m., followed with the 200m at 2:10 p.m.
Freshmen Samantha Cordier and Kayla Larry will represent the Miners in the shot put (10 a.m.) and weight throw (2 p.m.).
On the men’s side, sophomore Karol Koncos returns to the field after missing last season due to an injury. Koncos posted a personal best of 19.63 in the weight throw at the 2017 C-USA Indoor Championships. The thrower will compete in the weight throw at 1 p.m. alongside teammates Iason Machairas and Benjamin Coronado.
The men’s 60m dash will include three freshmen (Luis Baca, Anthony Brinson and Dennis Johnson) and senior Kyle Farrell. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m.
Junior Shakeem Smith will be the lone Miner competing in the 60m hurdles at 1:10 p.m. The hurdler set a career best at the C-USA Indoor Championships last season, clocking in a time of 8.07 in the 60m hurdles.
Smith will also take the track in the 4x400m relay set to close out the meet at approximately 4:35 p.m.
UT El Paso September 14, 2018UTEPComments Off on Miners to Co-Host Lori Fitzgerald Open
The UTEP cross country team will head to Las Cruces, N.M. to co-host the Lori Fitzgerald Open on Saturday at the NMSU track and intramural fields.
The men’s team will open the meet in the 7K at 7:45 a.m. MT, followed by the women’s 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Also participating in the meet is New Mexico, NM State, Western New Mexico and El Paso Community College. The women’s team will go head-to-head for the second time this season against UNM. The Lobos claimed the 2017 NCAA Championship and rank first in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) national coaches’ poll.
The Miner women’s team comes into the race after claiming a first-place finish at the Lobo Invitational. Winny Koech led the team, clocking in a time of 17:42.7 in the 5K to finish first overall. Teammate Lilian Koech followed with a second-place showing, posting a time of 17:57.3.
Linda Cheruiyot took third, while Carolyne Chepkosgei notched a fourth-place result with a personal best of 18:05.9 at the Lobo Invitational.
Sophomore’s Andrea Lucero and Destiny White will also be competing for the Miners this weekend.
The men’s team opened the season with a second-place team finish. Sophomore Cornelius Kapel led the Miners with a seventh-place finish at the Lobo Invitational with a personal best of 16:00.3 in the 5K. Freshman Boaz Ronoh took eighth with a time of 16:07.4.
Also competing for the men’s team will be Rodgers Korir, Isaiah Page, Daniel Maes, Edgar Gonzalez, Allan Ortiz and Michael Sims.
UT El Paso August 1, 2018NewsComments Off on 98-Year-Old UTEP Track Staffer Calls it a Career After 31 Years
A beloved 98-year-old administrative assistant who served The University of Texas at El Paso’s Track and Field office for the past 31 years was celebrated for her effectiveness as much as her hugs and cookies during her retirement luncheon, held last week.
Katie Jensen, who used safety pins to attach a white runner’s bib with the number “31” to the back of her orange jacket, was all smiles as she mingled with friends, family members, co-workers, current and former coaches and campus administrators, to include University President Diana Natalicio, in the lobby of UTEP’s Foster•Stevens Basketball Center.
Organizers used a sports/track theme to decorate the round tables that spanned the lobby. Items included batons, track shoes, mini-hurdles, pompoms, and plastic cups that held up photos of Jensen through the years.
After a Mexican meal of mini-flautas, picadillo and sides, Director of Athletics Jim Senter called the guest of honor to the middle of the room, where he praised her for her great work through the years. Senter, who joined the University in November 2017, said it was a treat to work with Jensen before he presented her with some gifts. She received a wood plaque from UTEP athletics that thanked her for her years of service and wished her well in her future endeavors, and a large white UTEP football jersey with the blue number 31 and the name “Jensen” stitched on the back.
“This is unbelievable,” Jensen repeated several times as her friends and family applauded vigorously.
After composing herself, the mother of two, grandmother of six and great- and great-great grandmother of too many offspring to remember, shared a quick work history from her start at State National Bank (now Wells Fargo) in downtown El Paso in 1950 to her decision to apply at UTEP in 1986. The El Paso native said she heard the track office needed help.
“I’ve been there ever since,” said Jensen, who continues to drive herself to work from her west El Paso home near Coronado High School. “I’m surprised you’ve allowed me to stay this long.”
All kidding aside, Jensen spoke from the heart as she called her 31 years at UTEP a wonderful time. She spent a few minutes complimenting the student-athletes, many who lovingly referred to her as “nana.” She called them kind, thoughtful, courteous and generous.
Jensen thanked members of the University community, from President Natalicio on down, for their support of UTEP athletics, especially track and field. When she leaves – her last official day is Tuesday, July 31 – she will take her UTEP family home with her, Jensen said as she covered her heart.
“I’ve led a blessed life,” said Jensen, whose husband of 40 years, Ronnie Jensen, died in 1980. “I’ve truly enjoyed every minute here. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in any other department. Thank you for many, many happy days.”
Jensen said she decided this was the right time to retire to allow a new person to settle in the job before the new academic year begins in August. It was a tough decision, but she stands by it. She said she has no immediate plans other than to crochet and knit items for family and friends to include a baby blanket.
After the presentations, President Natalicio expressed her fondness for Jensen, an always loyal and energetic presence in the athletics department. She also used the occasion to reflect on how many UTEP staff and faculty help to create the University’s warm and friendly atmosphere and strong relationships.
“If anyone epitomizes UTEP’s family spirit, it’s Katie,” President Natalicio said. “Everyone knows her. She’s always cheerful and so very proud to be a member of the UTEP family. Oh, and she never ages!”
Bob Kitchens, UTEP’s head track coach from 1988 to 2010, joked that he and Jensen spent the first few years trying to figure out who was in charge. The Hall of Fame coach said her work ethic and positive outlook impressed him.
“I learned to respect her and appreciate her,” he said. “She’s a wonderful lady. I knew she had my back. I couldn’t ask for a better person (as an assistant).”
Just inside the event’s front door was a memory book where guests could share a thought about Jensen, an El Paso native who ran sprints for the Austin High School track team in the 1930s. She attended the Texas College of Mines (now UTEP) for a few years but did not complete her degree to help at home. The book already had various typed emails from Miner alums and others such as former athletic director Bob Stull, who could not attend.
The messages praised “Ms. Katie” as a teacher who helped the writers to grow as people. They wrote of their admiration of her work ethic. One person described how Jensen found her on the floor stretching, told her she was doing it wrong, and proceeded to get on the floor to show her the proper technique. Others thanked her for her smile, advice, guidance, dedication, thoughtfulness and unconditional love.
“You have become our Nana away from home,” one wrote.
Rita Lerma, Senter’s administrative assistant and the event’s lead organizer, said her life was richer for having known Jensen these past 19 years. She laughed at recollections of Jensen giving positive affirmations to office machines that seemed to need encouragement.
“She had a great attitude … a good outlook on life,” Lerma said. “I think she’s amazing. I’m grateful to have had her in my life.”
UT El Paso June 14, 2018UTEPComments Off on Saruni Named C-USA Male Track Athlete of the Year
UTEP track and field claimed the Conference USA Male Track Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year with sophomore Michael Saruni being named this year’s award winner, it was announced by the league on Thursday morning.
Saruni was crowned the NCAA Champion in the 800m at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships, where he ran the No. 2 time in collegiate history at 1:45.15. His time ranks just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989). The Kenya native set a world best time in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate stopping the clock at 1:14.79.
During the outdoor season, Saruni garnered a bronze-medal finish at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships with a time of 1:45.31 and earned his fourth-career All-American honor. ]
He etched his name into NCAA track and field history when he clocked the NCAA record in the 800m at the Desert Heat Classic halting the clock at 1:43.25. His time broke the two-year streak held by Donovan Brazier (1:43.55, Texas A&M).
Saruni holds both indoor and outdoor records in the 800m at UTEP. He was also voted as a semi-finalist in The Bowerman watchlist.
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