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UTEP’s Korir Garners National Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s freshman Emmanuel Korir was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) National Athlete of the Week on Tuesday morning.

Korir’s 800m performance at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge was one of the most impressive by any freshman in NCAA during a regular season meet. Korir clocked in a time of 1:43.73 to garner the second-fastest time in NCAA history just behind Donavan Brazier’s record of 1:43.55 in 2016.

The Kenyan came through the first 400m in about 52.48 seconds and pushed the final lap in 51.25 seconds for a negative-split, crossing the finish line eight seconds before the nearest competition.

The mid-distance runner is one of only three men in history to have personal-bests under 1:44 (800m) and 45.00 (400m). Korir (21, Kenya), Mark Everett (22, USA) and Alberto Juantorena (25, Cuba).

This is Korir’s third national weekly honor and he will return to the track when UTEP hosts the Conference USA Outdoor Championships on May 11-14 at Kidd Field.

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

UTEP’s Korir Chases Collegiate Record at Brutus Hamilton Challenge

Berkley Ca. – UTEP’s freshman Emmanuel Korir was just .18 seconds away from the NCAA outdoor record in the 800m after running 1:43.73 at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge Saturday afternoon.

“This is by far the most impressive performance by a freshman. You can tell he has more to a lot left in the tank,” Head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “He is a very special athlete who will continue to surprise everyone watching.”

Korir clocked the second-fastest time in the world this year and set a new school record held by Peter Lemashon (1:45.68) set back in 1978. The talented freshman won the NCAA indoor national title in the 800m and set a world-best 1:14.97 in the 600m earlier this year. Korir notched the second-fastest time in program history in the 400m with a time of 44.67 just eight days ago.

The UTEP track and field team wrapped up the final regular season with 11 first-place finishes in 25 different events. Asa Guevara claimed the top spot with a time of 47.23 in the 400mk, while Carvellion Horn clocked a personal-best 50.31 to finish third.

Brandon Moss in his second competition of the outdoor season notched third-place in the long jump with a mark of 7.32m (24-0.25). James Bias clocked 10.74 in the 100m to garner a third-place showing.

In the men’s mile Jonah Koech (4:02.96) and Cosmas Boit (4:05.43) placed second and fifth respectively.

On the women’s side, Tobi Amusan notched a first-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.83m (19-1.50), followed by Tyler Ragin in fifth-place jumping out to 5.51m (18-1).

Samantha Hall threw for 14.06m (46-1.50) in the shot put and 55.17m (181-0) in the discus for a first and second-place showing. Lucia Mokrasova placed third in the shot put tossing for 13.22m (43-4.5), followed by Cierra Chenault with a mark of 11.95m (39-2.5) in eighth-place.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Rebecca Oshinbanjo notched gold running a season-best 14.00, while Danielle Trought clocked a personal-best 14.33 to finish in third-place. Yanique Bennett (58.57) and Dreshanae Rolle (1:00.19) garnered first and second in the 400m hurdles.

Lilian Koech won the 800m clocking a personal-best 2:04.68 and puts her with the fourth-fastest time in school history. Linda Cheruiyot also ran a personal-best of 4:23.60 in the 1,500m claiming fourth overall.

The Miners will enjoy a week off after competing for three consecutive weeks and will return to action to host the Conference-USA outdoor championships May 11-14.

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

Miners Notch Four First Place Finishes at Brutus Hamilton Challenge

Berkley, Ca. – The UTEP track and field team had four first-place finishes in six different events on day one Friday at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge.

Karol Koncos won the men’s hammer throw tossing 63.35m (207-10). Koncos has thrown over 60m four times this season. Kevin Rincon placed 12th overall with a throw of 45.02m (147-08).

Daniel Cheruiyot took the lead in the 3,000m steeplechase and never looked back stopping the clock at 9:07.17. Antony Kosgei (14:37.21) and Evans Kirpono (15:07.87) finished first and second respectively in the 5,000m run.

Winny Koech took home gold in the women’s 5,000m run leading the race from the start to finish with a time of 16:45.77, followed by teammate Gladys Jerotich with a season-best 17:23.25.

Fayon Gonzales threw 50.11m (164-05) to place fourth in the javelin and placed eighth in the hammer throw with a toss of 37.75m (123-10). Abedola Akomolafe took ninth-place with a toss of 48.96m (160-07), followed by Cierra Chenault in 10th with a personal-best 45.91m (150-07).

Lucia Mokrasova placed fourth in the women’s javelin with a toss of 36.67m (123-07).

The Miners return to action on Saturday with the first field event starting at 10:00 a.m. PT and the first running event starting at 1:20 p.m.

For live updates and breaking news follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram.

UTEP Honors Athletes of the Year at “Dinner With the Miners”

Football’s Aaron Jones and Track & Field’s Tobi Amusan were named the UTEP Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, at the 43rd annual “Dinner With the Miners” banquet on Thursday night at the Wyndham El Paso Airport.

Soccer’s Aleah Davis received the Golden Miner Award, presented to UTEP’s top all-around senior student-athlete based on athletics, academics and community service.  Former Miner volleyball player Christine Brandl was recipient of the Silver Anniversary Award.

Houston Baptist vs UTEP
Houston Baptist vs UTEP

Jones became UTEP’s all-time leading rusher (4,114 yards) in 2016, breaking a school record that had stood for 28 years.  He ranks seventh on the all-time Conference USA rushing list.  Jones set a school single-season record with 1,773 rushing yards.  He was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press and first team All-Conference USA.

Jones became only the second player in school history to rush for 300 yards in a game, and the first in 51 years, when he rambled for 301 yards against North Texas.  He was named the Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for his effort.  Jones compiled 17 rushing touchdowns (third in school history), 2,006 all-purpose yards (fourth) and scored 120 points (third).

He led Conference USA and rated third nationally in rushing this season, collecting 147.8 yards per contest.  He went over the 100-yard rushing mark seven times, and had 200+ yards in three games.

Amusan made her mark during the 2016 outdoor season, receiving numerous accolades including first team NCAA All-American,

UTEP's Tobi Amusan in the Women's 200 meter dash at the  2017 UTEP Invitational, Kidd Field El Paso, TX
UTEP’s Tobi Amusan in the Women’s 200 meter dash at the 2017 UTEP Invitational, Kidd Field El Paso, TX

Conference USA Track Athlete of the Year and C-USA Freshman of the Meet.  She competed at the 2016 Olympics and World U20 Championships.  She broke a 33-year old school record, and posted the fourth-fastest time in the nation in the 100-meter hurdles (12.83 seconds).

She claimed titles in the 100-meter hurdles and the 200 meters at the C-USA Championships, while adding a runner-up showing in the long jump.  She was NCAA runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles.  Amusan achieved another school record in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season (7.98 seconds).  She claimed six first-place finishes during the indoor campaign.  She won two events (60-meter hurdles, 200 meters) at the C-USA Indoor Meet for the champion Miners.  Her time in the 200 meters (23.35 seconds) was a UTEP record.

Amusan was the C-USA High Point Scorer of the Meet.  She recorded a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-American honors.

Davis earned All-Conference (first team) and All-Region (second team) accolades for the fourth time in as many years, making her the first Miner to achieve the feat.  She started all 22 matches, tallying six goals and eight assists for a team-high tying 20 points.  She posted five game-winning goals.

She helped the Miners register their most wins (13) in seven years and advance to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championships.  She was voted to the NSCAA Senior Women’s College Scholar All-America Team and the C-USA Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team.  Davis also compiled over 100 community service hours during her UTEP career.

The Silver Anniversary Miner Award is presented to an individual who had a distinguished college athletic career, and has continued to contribute to UTEP and the El Paso community.

Brandl played for the Miners from 1988-91 and is the school’s all-time leader for assists (4,210) and service aces (148).  She was a second team Verizon Academic All-American as a junior and senior and was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1992.

Brandl finished her Premedical Education at UTEP in 1992.  She completed her Medical Education from Texas Tech in 1996 and her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas in 2000.  She became a certified OBGYN in 2002 and today operates her own private practice, Lifesteps OBGYN, in El Paso.  She has received numerous awards in the medical field and is a former Vice Chairman for Providence Hospital.

Brandl has also volunteered as a volleyball coach at St. Mark’s School and Mount Franklin Christian Academy in El Paso.

The grade point average award was presented to the tennis team, and the community service award went to volleyball.

In addition, team MVP awards were presented to Dominic Artis (men’s basketball), Sparkle Taylor (women’s basketball), Jonah Koech (men’s cross country and outdoor track & field), Winny Koech (women’s cross country), Emmanuel Korir (men’s indoor track & field), Tobi Amusan (women’s indoor and outdoor track & field), Aaron Jones (football), Frederik Dreier (men’s golf), Lily Downs (women’s golf), Bailey Powell (rifle), Alyssa Palacios (soccer), Kaitlin Ryder (softball), Raven Bennett (tennis), Lindsey Larson (volleyball), Bailey Sarver & Omar Gardea (Cheerleading), Jeanna Mullen, James Bias & Will Hernandez (strength & conditioning) and Ariana Rodarte (athletic training).

“Dinner With The Miners” is made possible by the El Paso Downtown Lions Club. The event was inspired by past Lion president John Phelan. In 1979, a $10,000 memorial endowment was established. Due to the overwhelming community support of the event, the memorial fund was raised to $100,000 in 1983.

A second endowment has already been established and continues to grow each year. These two endowments provide funds annually to offset the cost of student-athlete scholarships.

UTEP Track and Field Head West to Finish Regular Season

The Miners are westbound for the second time during the outdoor season as they head to Berkley, Calif. for the Brutus Hamilton Challenge. This will be the final competition the Miners will see before the Conference USA Outdoor Championships hosted by UTEP (May11-14).

The historic two-day meet starts Friday 9:00 a.m. PT with the men’s hammer throw. Sophomore Karol Koncos will be one of the top competitors in the field. Koncos threw for 63.43m (208-1) last week at the UTEP Invitational. His mark is the third-best his season in C-USA.

Senior Fayon Gonzales and junior Lucia Mokrasova will compete in the women’s javelin set for 5:30 p.m.Gonzales (39.37m) ranks ninth in the league, while Mokrasova holds the number eight spot (39.94m).

The running events will see Daniel Cheruiyot in the 3,000m steeplechase starting at 3:30 p.m. Cheruiyot clocked the fourth-fastest time in conference running a season-best 9:03.31. Antony Kosgei and Evans Kiprono will run at 4:10 p.m. in the 5,000m. Kosgei (14:16.60) ranks fifth in the league.

Gladys Jerotich and Winny Koech will tussle in the women’s 5,000m starting at 3:45 p.m. Koech (16:22.26) ranks first in C-USA.

Saturday’s events will start with the women’s long jump at 10:00 a.m. Tobi Amusan will make her first jump of the outdoor season. Senior Samantha Hall will compete in both the shot put (10:45 a.m.) and discus throw (12:30 p.m.). Hall ranks 12th in the NCAA West Region (54.62m) in the discus throw.

Runners to look out for on the track will be UTEP’s freshman duo Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni in the men’s 800m starting at 3:10 p.m. The Kenyan natives have both started their collegiate careers off with a bang.

Korir won the 800m indoor national title and ranks second in the west region. The Kenyan has clocked a blistering 44.67 in the 400m ranking second in the West Region.

Saruni ranks first in the West Region in the 800m after stopping the clock at 1:45.82 winning gold at the Texas Relays. The mid-distance runner ranks ninth in the 400m clocking 45.69 in the 400m in the West Region.

Brandon Moss will compete in the men’s long jump at 11:45 a.m., where he ranks ninth in the league after jumping out to 7.20m (23-7.5) in his first outdoor competition at last week’s UTEP Invitational.

Ada Benjamin will race at 2:05 p.m. in the 400m. Benjamin ranks first in conference with a time of 53.16. Florence Uwakwe will take the track at 2:25 p.m. in the 100m. Uwakwe will race her first short sprint of the outdoor season.

Lilian Koech and Truphena Sum will run in the 800m set for a 3:00 p.m. Koech ranks third in the league with a personal-best 2:05.86.

For live updates and breaking news follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram.

UTEP’s Korir Garners C-USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s freshman Emmanuel Korir was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week after his performance on Saturday at Kidd Field, announced the league office Tuesday afternoon.

The Kenyan clocked the nation’s second-fastest time of 44.67 in the 400m and broke the 37-year old stadium record (Billy Mullins, 45.03, USC, 1980).

Korir etched himself into the UTEP recordbooks with the second-fastest time in program history, just .02 seconds behind Bert Cameron’s time of 44.58 set in 1980.

This is Korir’s second weekly award of the outdoor season. Last weekend, the mid-distance runner clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history with a time of 1:47.19 in the 800m, which rates him 12th in the nation in the event.

The UTEP track and field team travel westbound to Berkley, Calif. for the Brutus Hamilton Open at Edwards Stadium. For live results and breaking news follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Gallery+Story: UTEP’s Amusan Doubles Up on Gold, Korir Breaks Stadium Record

In just his second meet of the outdoor season, UTEP freshman Emmanuel Korir clocked a blistering 44.67 in the 400m to break a 37-year old stadium record (Billy Mullins, 45.03, USC, 1980) at Kidd Field Saturday afternoon.

Korir’s time of 44.67 ranks first in the nation and is the second-fastest time in the world. The Kenyan was just .09 seconds away from Bert Cameron’s school record established back in 1981. Teammate Michael Saruni followed by claiming silver with at time of 45.69, which is the 10th fastest time in the nation. Seniors Asa Guevara (46.81) and James Bias (47.24) notched the third and fourth spots, respectively.

Sophomore Tobi Amusan claimed gold in both the 100m hurdles (12.67) and the 200m (22.60). Amusan already has the fastest time in the nation (12.63) in the 100m hurdles and is now tied for third in the country in the 200m.

UTEP claimed the top four spots in the women’s 1,500m run with Lilian Koech (4:29.15), Linda Cheruiyot (4:29.38), Winny Koech (4:34.08) and Gladys Jerotich (4:46.89).

In the field events, senior Fayon Gonzales notched two second-place showings in the hammer throw (52.58m) and the discus throw (42.95m). Adebola Akomolafe claimed fourth (48.07m) in the hammer throw and third (40.89m) in the discus. Samantha Hall notched gold in the shot put after throwing for 14.30m.

In the men’s hammer throw, Karol Koncos threw for a personal-best 63.43m. Koncos ranks third in Conference USA. Brandon Moss claimed gold in the long jump with a mark of 7.20m and Austin Ondijo leaped over 1.89m in the high jump. In the men’s 1500m seniors Cosmas Boit, (3:50.99) and Daniel Cheruiyot (3:54.23) went 1-2 while sophomore Antony Kosgei (3:55.60) snagged the bronze.

Lucia Mokrasova placed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.65m, while Israel Ramsay (5.89m) and Tyler Ragin (5.62m) took fifth in the long jump. In the women’s 400m Ada Benjamin (53:39) edged out Central Arizona’s Shawkia Iddrisu (54:53) to secure the first-place finish.

In the 4x400m relay, UTEP’s Yanique Bennett, Madison Gibson, Brittney Adams and Imani Adams teamed up to cross the line in 3:48.71 to finish in second place.

The UTEP track and field team will return to action April 28-29 at the Brutus Hamilton Open in Berkley, Calif. For live updates and breaking news be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Photos: Andres Acosta – El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer

Flyin’ Miners Set for Final Home Meet of the Regular Season

The UTEP track and field team will host its final regular season meet on Saturday at Kidd Field, starting with the running events at 10:00 a.m. MT and running events at 2 :00 p.m.

The UTEP track and field team will honor 15 seniors prior to the running events.

Two seniors Fayon Gonzales and Abedola Akomolafe will compete in the hammer throw set for 10:00 a.m. The pair will join Samantha Hall in the discus throw at 2:15 p.m. Hall earned Conference USA athlete of the week honors last week and ranks first in league.

In the long jump, Israel Ramsay will compete at 2:30 p.m. Ramsay ranks eighth in C-USA with a mark of 5.88m posted at the UTEP Springtime.

In the track events, Truphena Sum will compete in the 1,500m run set for 2:10 p.m. Yanique Bennett will take the track at 2:30 p.m. in the 100m hurdles along with sophomore Tobi Amusan. Amusan opened the season at home notching the fastest time in the nation (12.63).

Ada Benjamin, who currently leads the league in the 400m will race at 2:45 p.m. Brittney Adams will see action in both the 100m and the 400m hurdles, along with Yanique Bennett at 3:45 p.m.

Florence Uwakwe compete in the 200m at 4:05 p.m. Uwakwe will run the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay, which ranks third in the league.

On the men’s side, Kevin Rincon will compete in the hammer throw starting at 11:30 a.m. Brandon Moss will compete in the long jump set for 2:30 p.m.

Seniors, Cosmas Boit and Evans Kiprono will compete in the 1,500m run at 2:20 p.m. Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin will race in the 400m hurdles starting at 3:55 p.m.

James Bias will run in the 400m at 3:15 p.m. along with Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni. This will be the second meet for Korir this outdoor season after running the fastest time in the country in the 800m last week at the Jim Bush Invitational.

Saruni has competed in three different events claiming the number one spot in all three races. His highlight of the season so far was at the Texas Relays where he won the 800m and posted the third-fastest time in the nation.

This will be the last home meet of the regular season before the Miners travel to Berkley, Calif. for the Brutus Hamilton Open on April 28-29 UTEP host the 2017 C-USA Outdoor Championships May 11-14.

For live updates and breaking news follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Hall Garners C-USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP senior Samantha Hall was named Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week for her performance in the discus and shot put this past weekend at the 2017 Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational, announced the league office Tuesday afternoon.

The senior recorded a season best of 54.62m (179-2) in the discus earning a second-place showing. Her mark ranks first in C-USA and 21st nationally.

Hall tossed the shot put out to 13.86m (45-5.75) to finish seventh overall and rank 13th in C-USA. This is Hall’s first C-USA athlete of the week award of the outdoor season and the second of her career.

The Miners will return home for the UTEP Invitational at Kid Field on Saturday.

For live updates and breaking news follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Miners Finish UCLA Invitational with Seven Personal Bests

Los Angeles – The UTEP track and field team had a strong performance with seven different athletes recording a new personal best on Saturday at the Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational.

Lucia Mokrasova clocked a personal-best 14.09 in the 100m hurdles to earn a fourth-place showing. Lilian Koech in her second race of the outdoor season competed in the 800m run claiming a second place showing with a personal best of 2:05.86 and the fifth-fastest time in school history. Linda Koech notch a personal-best of 4:26.47 in the 1,500m run.

Sophomore Tobi Amusan clocked the 10th fastest time in program history and recorded a season-best 23.48 in the 200m dash. Israel Ramsay leaped to a second-place showing in the high jump with a season-best 1.70m (5-06.75). Samantha Hall tossed 54.62m (179-02.25) in the discus to earn second overall.

On the men’s side, Alejandro Alcazar notched a personal-best 50.22 in the 400m for 12th place overall. Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin garnered fourth place in the 400m hurdles for a personal-best of 56.06. In the 1,500m Michael Saruni clocked a personal-best 3:47.73 to earn gold, while Evans Kiprono ran his personal-best 3:59.45 for 10th place overall.

In his first race of the outdoor season, freshman Michael Saruni won the 800m with a time of 1:57.19 and teammate Jonah Koech followed for a second-place finish stopping the clock at 1:49.99.

Sohpmore Karol Koncos garnered a fourth-place showing in the hammer throw with a toss of 61.24m (200-11). Donivan Ortega also earned fourth place in the triple jump with a leap of 14.00m (45-11) for a season-best. Senior James Bias clocked 10.70 for a third-place finish in the 100m dash.

The Miners will return to action April 22 for their second home meet of the season. For more updates be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Winny Koech Has Strong Showing at Mt. SAC Relays

Torrance, Ca. – Sophomore Winny Koech posted the fourth-fastest time (33:51.31) in program history in the 10,000m to highlight the action for the UTEP track and field team on the opening day of the Mt. SAC Relays.

Koech showed her competitiveness in the first 10,000m run of the outdoor season. Competing in the open elite invitational, which places amongst some of the best college and professional talent, the sophomore raced to a third-place finish.

Running in the 10,000m open, Gladys Jerotich finished with the eighth-fastest time (36:26.07) in program history to earn 29th overall.

On the men’s side, Daniel Cheruiyot competed in the 3,000m steeplechase. He grabbed 14th overall with a time of 9:03.31. That is the second-fastest time in C-USA this year.

Antony Kosgei ran in the 10,000m invitational elite. He clocked in at 30:25.77 for a 49th-place finish. It is the second-fastest-time in C-USA this season.

The Miners return to action April 22nd for the UTEP Invitational. For live updates follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Flyin’ Miners Head to West Coast for Two Meets

The UTEP track and field team return to action as they head to the Golden State for the Mt. SAC Relays (April 13-14) and the Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational (April 15).

It will be the first action for the Miners since competing in the Texas Relays two weeks ago.


Heading to Torrance, Calif. will see the 5 distance runners for the Miners on Friday. Daniel Cheruiyot in the 3,000m steeplechase set for a 4:30 p.m. PT start. Cheruiyot earned a fifth-place finish at the Texas Relays on March 29.

Three Miners will compete in the 10,000m run, Winny Koech and Gladys Jerotich will set to run at 6:00 p.m., followed by Antony Kosgei in the men’s open at 6:40 p.m. Cosmas Boit will compete in the 5,000m run set for 7:40 p.m.

UCLA Invitational

The second destination will see the Miners compete at the UCLA Drake Stadium on Saturday. Starting the day at 8:30 a.m., will be Abedola Akomolafe, Fayon Gonzales and Cierra Chenault in the hammer throw. Lucia Mokrasova and Tyler Ragin will compete in the long jump set for 10:00 a.m. Israel Ramsay returns to the high jump after placing second at the C-USA indoor championships.

Sophomore sensation, Tobi Amusan will race in the 100m dash set for 3:20 p.m. Amusan holds the nation’s fastest time in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.63. Lilian Koech will run in the 800m, after posting the third-fastest time (2:08.51) in the C-USA this season registered at the Texas Relays. Competing in the 400m dash will be Ada Benjamin, Florence Uwakwe, Imani Adams and Madison Gibson.

On the men’s side, Emmanuel Korir makes his return to the track after winning the 800m NCAA Championship on March 10. The freshman has made an immediate impact on the track setting an indoor school record in the 800m (1:46.75). Korir also recorded a world best 1:14.97 during the indoor season in the 600m. The distance runner will compete in the 800m at 3:45 p.m., along with sophomore Jonah Koech.

Competing in the 1,500m run will be Michael Saruni and Evans Kiprono. Saruni had an outstanding performance at the Texas Relays where he set the second-fastest outdoor school time in the 800 (1:45.82). The mid-distance runner competed against the 2012 Olympic silver medialist (Leonel Manzano) and the collegiate record holder (Donivan Brazier) in Austin. Saruni and Kiprono will be set to run at 5:05 p.m.

For live updates follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Flyin’ Miners’ Ragin Earns C-USA Spirit of Service Honors

UTEP track and field member Tyler Ragin received the Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service Award, the league announced on Wednesday.

The junior has compiled more than 194 hours of community service this season, the majority of which was volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia as a tutor, coach and mentor. She dedicated 30 hours at the R.E.A.L Academy helping with camps and organizing activities for kids.

The Macon, Georgia, native is a staunch supporter of driving while sober, as she volunteered at Mothers against Drunk Driving greeting walkers and spent additional time walking to end breast cancer at the AVON 39 event.

She also helped promote SAAC Hunger handing out flyers promoting hunger week.

Ragin is an organizational and corporate communications major with a marketing minor and earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll list.

Ragin set a personal best of 5.79m (19-0.00) in the long jump at the Cherry and Silver meet. She scored points for the Miners in the long jump helping the women’s team secure their third consecutive C-USA team title.


UTEP’s Amusan Sets New Meet Record at the Texas Relays

AUSTIN – Tobi Amusan continues to dominate in the 100m hurdles as she claims gold (12.72), while also setting a new meet record at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by Spectrum.

“Tobi and Michael had an outstanding performance this week, breaking two meet records in a historic event like this is outstanding,” UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “We still have to work hard with most of our athletes to get them going by the championship season.”

The sophomore came into this weekend with the nation’s fastest-time after running 12.63 at Kidd field and continues her undefeated outdoor season. Amusan’s time of 12.72 sets a new meet record previously held by Ashlee Williams (12.83) set in 2005.

In the women’s 1,500m run, Lilian Koech ran a personal-best of 4:22.12 tying the seventh-fastest time in school history, earning a second-place finish. Her time registers as the eighth-fastest time in the nation. Samantha Hall garnered a sixth-place showing the discus throw tossing for 50.52m (165-9).

The 4x400m relay team of Dreshanae Rolle, Florence Uwakwe, Madison Gibson and Ada Benjamin clocked a 3:40.95

Jonah Koech earned a sixth-place showing in the mile run with a time of 4:03.75.

The UTEP track and field program returns to the track April 13-15 for the Mt. SAC Distance Carnival and the UCLA Invitational.

Follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter for live updates.

Dominant! Flyin’ Miners Amusan Cruises Her Way to 100M Hurdle Finals

Tobi Amusan continues to dominate the 100m hurdles as she clocked the fastest qualifying time in the 100m hurdles (12.75) Friday morning at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by Spectrum.

The sophomore will compete at 1:17 p.m. (MT) and will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

The women’s 4x400m relay team also qualified for Saturday’s final, advancing with the sixth-fastest time (3:41.20). Despite a shaky handoff, the team comprised of Dreshanae Rolle, Florence Uwakwe, Madison Gibson and Ada Benjamin were able to stay composed and win their heat.

The 4x100m relay team of Israel Ramsay, (Tobi) Amusan, (Florence) Uwakwe and(Madison) Gibson just missed out of reaching the final by less than a second. The Miners clocked a time of 45.40. The last qualifying time came from Virginia Tech at 45.37.

Saturday’s slate will feature Samantha Hall in the women’s discus, which has a 1:30 p.m. (MT) start. Lilian Koech will participate in the 1,500m final set to start at 2:40 p.m., followed by the men’s mile run featuring Jonah Koech and 800m champion Michael Saruni. The meet will conclude with the 4x400m relay at 3:40 p.m.

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