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Flyin’ Miners Headed to Birmingham for Conference USA Championships

The UTEP track and field team will look to have its best performance of the indoor campaign this week at the Conference USA Championships held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The C-USA Championships will start on Wednesday and conclude Thursday.

The women’s team will look to defend its team title from a year ago when they tallied 122 points, and outscored the second-place team by more than 30 points. The men’s team, who finished third last year, lost a plethora of athletes, but they will do their best to score as many points as possible.

Lilian Koech will lead the charge for the women. Koech will be running in three races in which she holds top conference marks. She ranks first in the mile (4:44.71) and the 3,000m run (9:31.88) and has the third-fastest 800m time (2:10.96).

Senior Nickevea Wilson, who has the ninth-best triple jump in the nation, will look to cap off her indoor career by reclaiming the triple jump title. She won it as a sophomore and finished second last year as a junior. Wilson will also be doing the long jump.

The dynamic sprint duo of Ada Benjamin (400m dash) and Florence Uwakwe (60m dash/200m dash) will run their respective events; Benjamin’s 400m time of 54.14 ranks first in C-USA and Uwakwe’s 200m time of 24.41 ranks fifth.

In the throws, Fayon Gonzales (#5 C-USA) and Adebola Akomolafe (#7 C-USA) will be competing in the weight throw fighting for crucial points. Samantha Hall launched a personal best of 14.21m at the Don Kirby Invitational and that mark ranks second in C-USA.

Lucia Mokrasova has the No. 1 pentathlon score in conference; her 3,950 points she scored at the Texas A&M Invitational is the UTEP school record. Rebecca Oshinbanjo will compete in her first full pentathlon this year.

Israel Ramsay will compete in her first high jump event of the year. Ramsay placed sixth at last year’s conference meet by clearing 1.69m.

The Miners will send three runners to the line in the 60m hurdles. Brittney Trought (8.36/#1), Tobi Amusan (8.37/#2) and Bria Love (8.68/#8) have three of the top eight marks in C-USA.

Distance runners Gladys Jerotich and Winny Koech will both run the 3,000m and 5,000m races in hopes of racking up more points. Koech has the second-fastest 3,000m time in conference and the third-quickest 5,000m run.

Jonah Koech will headline the men’s effort and look to become the C-USA Freshman of the Meet. The Kenyan will run the 800m and the mile. Koech’s mile time of 3:58.13 currently ranks 13th in the country, which would qualify him for the NCAA Championships.

Daniel Tarango will take the sixth-fastest 800m run time in conference into action and Carnell Horn (48.12) has the fourth-fastest 400m dash in conference.

Kevin Rincon has the eighth-longest weight throw in conference when he recorded a mark of 16.21m at the Don Kirby Invitational. Sven Zellner’s 60m hurdle time of 8.09 seconds is the fifth-quickest in C-USA.

Distance runners Cosmas Boit, Antony Kosgei and Evans Kiprono will all run the 3,000m run. Kosgei (14:21.85) and Kiprono (14:56.73), who have the second and seventh fastest marks in conference, will also run the 5,000m race.

You can follow the action on Twitter @UTEPTrack or at www.flashresults.com

Author:  UTEP Athletics

UTEP’s Wilson Receives Third Athlete of Week Honor This Season

Irving, Texas – Nickevea Wilson was named the Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. She is the only athlete in C-USA, male or female, to be recognized three times this year.

Wilson recorded the ninth-longest triple jump in the nation at the Don Kirby Invitational on her way to second-place showing. The Jamaican launched herself 13.22m (43-4.50) on her way to setting a personal best and recording the fourth-best jump in school history.

The Kingston, Jamaica, native was on the cutline for a berth at nationals with her previous season-best 12.96m to rank 15th in the nation.

But with her jump of 13.22, it should solidify her spot at the NCAA Championships. Her jump is the farthest in C-USA.

Flyin’ Miners Set For Regular Season Finale

The UTEP track and field team will send its athletes to two different meets to wrap up the indoor regular season this weekend. A majority of the athletes (33) will be heading to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Don Kirby Invitational, while four select distance athletes will head to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic.

DON KIRBY INVITATIONAL

The Don Kirby will present a plethora of good competition for the Miners to compete against this weekend. Oregon, with its third-ranked women and sixth-ranked men, headline the field, which also features Stanford (No. 11 men, No. 13 women), Oklahoma State (No. 22 women, No. 24 men) and the No. 13 Colorado men.

As of right now, only one athlete for the Miners is qualified for the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Senior Nickevea Wilson holds the 15th-longest triple jump (12.96m) in the nation and the top 16 marks make it to Nationals. Wilson will look to improve her triple jump mark and also compete in the long jump.

The fivesome of Brittney Trought, Tobi Amusan, Bria Love, Lucia Mokrasova and Rebecca Oshinbanjo will hone their technique in the 60m hurdles. Trought (8.36/fastest), Amusan (8.59/fourth fastest) and Love (8.68/seventh fastest) hold three of the top seven spots in C-USA this year. Oshinbanjo and Amusan will also compete in the long jump as well.

Fayon Gonzales (17.57m) and Adebola Akomolafe (17.51m) hold the fifth and seventh-longest weight throws in C-USA this season; the duo will look to improve upon their marks this weekend. Samantha Hall will take the fifth-longest shot put in C-USA into action as well.

Tyler Ragin, who is coming off a personal best last weekend in the long jump (5.62m), will double up in the long jump and 60m dash.

Brittney Adams will be the lone Miner in the mid-distance 800m run and Kayla Pallares and Truphena Sum will run the 3,000.

In the sprints, Alexis Roberts and Florence Uwakwe will be the only two in the 200m dash, while Ada Benjamin, Yanique Bennett, Dreshanae Rolle and Roberts will run the 400m dash.

On the men’s side, Jonah Koech is the only Miner close to qualifying for Nationals. Koech’s mile time of 3:59.92 ranks 18th in the nation; the freshman will look to shave a couple seconds or hundredths of seconds off his time to get a qualifying mark for the NCAA Championsips. Fellow Kenyan Evans Kiprono will join him for the mile on Saturday.

Isak Washington, Sven Zellner, Asa Guevara and Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin will run in the 200m sprint on Saturday. Washington will also run the 60m dash, Oyebanjo-Odofin will try the 400m dash and Zellner will compete in the 60m hurdles.

Three other sprinters will run the 400m dash; Carlos Cavazos will be making his season debut and he will be joined by Tommy McCoy and Carnell Horn.

Carvellion Horn, Esteban Montanez and Daniel Tarango will run in the 600m run. Daniel Cheruiyot and Cosmas Boit (season debut) will be running in the 3,000m race.

For results, visit liverunningresults.com.

HUSKY CLASSIC

At the elite distance running Husky Classic, Lilian Koech (3,000m), WInny Koech (5,000m), Gladys Jerotich (5,000m) and Antony Kosgei (5,000m) will be looking for quick times.

Lilian Koech, who has the fastest mile and second-fastest 800m run in C-USA this year, will be running in her first 3,000m run of the year on Saturday. Winny Koech and Jerotich will run the 5,000m race on Friday, and so will Kosgei.

For live updates this weekend, follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

UTEP’s Mokrasova Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week

Irving, Texas – Lucia Mokrasova was rewarded for her excellent performance this weekend in the pentathlon at the Texas A&M Invitational by being named the Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Week.

Mokrasova broke the school record in the pentathlon by scoring 3,950 points. Mokrasova, who was competing in her first full pentathlon upon arriving in El Paso, eclipsed Jallycia Pearson’s (2015) school record by 82 points.

The 3,950 points scored by Mokrasova helped her earn a fourth-place showing in a field of 18 athletes; the point total ranks 18th nationally and first in Conference USA by nearly more than 600 points.

The sophomore started her day off with a  time of 8.79 (954 points) in the 60m hurdles. She then progressed onto clearing 1.66m (5-5.25) in the high jump for 806 points. The multi-athlete launched the fourth-longest shot put throw of the day with a heave of 12.87m (42-2.75) for 719 points. Her long jump of 5.63m (18-5.75) was the second longest in the field and earned herself 738 points. She closed out the record-breaking performance with a 800m run time of 2:26.85 for 733 points.

The Miners will attend two meets this weekend that will serve as their final prep for the Conference USA Indoor Championships. Most athletes will be running/jumping/throwing at the Don Kirby Invitational (Albuquerque, N.M.), while a select few distance runners will head to the Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.).

Seeing Triple: Jonah Koech, Lilian Koech and Nickevea Wilson named C-USA Athletes of the Week

Irving, Texas – Three UTEP track and field athletes were rewarded for the excellent performances this past weekend at the Cherry & Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Nickevea Wilson (female field), Jonah Koech (male track) and Lilian Koech (female track) were named the Conference USA Athletes of the Week on Tuesday.

For Wilson, this is her second straight honor. The Jamaican doubled splendidly in the long jump and triple jump this past weekend. She leaped 12.63m (41-5.25) in the triple jump to claim silver. She currently has the eighth-longest jump in the country with a mark of 12.96m. In the long jump, she registered a bound of 5.76m (18-10.75) to take seventh place; her mark of 5.76m ranks fifth in Conference USA. This marks the third time in Wilson’s career she has been named C-USA Athlete of the Week.

Jonah Koech has been nothing but dominant in his first two career indoor races. The freshman has taken gold twice in the mile run with times of 4:14.22 and 4:05.26.

Last weekend in Albuquerque, his initial time of 4:05.26 was converted to a sub-four minute mile (3:59.92) due to the elevation. Koech ran his mile race at 11:55 a.m. (MT) and was the first NCAA runner this year to break the four-minute barrier; Koech only held the No. 1 time in the country for a brief time though. Air Force’s Patrick Corona (3:59.77) clocked his sub-four minute mile time at 1:55 p.m.  Koech’s time ranks No. 2 in the country and first in Conference USA. This is Koech’s first career C-USA Track Athlete of the Week award.

Lilian Koech, the 2015 Outdoor Conference USA Co-Performer of the Meet, has gotten off to a hot start in 2016. At the Cherry & Silver, the Kenyan took second place in the 800m run with a personal best time of 2:11.70. The mark, which converted to 2:10.96 due to elevation, ranks second in C-USA, 46th nationally and 10th in UTEP program history. This is Koech’s first-career C-USA Track Athlete of the Week award.

UTEP’s Akomolafe records 5th-longest weight throw in school history

Albuquerque, N.M. – Adebola Akomolafe registered the fifth-longest weight throw in UTEP program history on her second heave of the day at the Cherry & Silver Invitational. The El Paso native tossed the weight a personal best of 17.51m (57-5.50) on her way to a bronze showing.

“I felt like you could see the progression from week one to week two today,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “We seemed a little more at ease and comfortable and got some good marks, hopefully it will continue tomorrow.”

Fayon Gonzales, a fellow weight thrower, registered a fifth-place showing with a toss of 16.91m (55-5.75). On the men’s side, Kevin Rincon notched a personal best with a projectile throw of 15.12m (49-7.25).

The Miners registered 15 personal bests on day one of the Cherry & Silver. Two of those personal bests came from newcomers on the women’s side.

Both Winny Koech and Tobi Amusan just arrived in El Paso earlier this week. In her first event for the Orange and Blue, Koech, a distance runner, carded a second-place finish in the 3,000m run with a time of 10:11.75. Amusan, an extraordinary hurdler, clocked a 60m hurdle time of 8.59 and easily advanced to the semifinals in the 60m hurdles tomorrow morning.

“I was very pleased with how both the new ladies (Koech and Amusan) performed,” Laaksonen said. “Both of these athletes had very little time to get acclimated, so both of their performances were solid with the time they had to prepare.”

Freshman standout Brittney Trought ran stride for stride with Amusan and qualified for the semifinals in the 60m hurdles as well. Senior hurdler Sven Zellner took care of business in his 60m hurdle heat with a mark of 8.16 to advance to tomorrow’ssemifinals as well. In the 60m dash, Tyler Ragin collected a personal best for the second-straight week with a readout of 7.74 seconds.

Sophomore Alexis Roberts registered a personal best in the 60m dash (8.07) and in the 200m dash (25.44/28th place). Florence Uwakwe finished sixth in a field of 66 200m dash runners with a time of 24.34. Imani Adams recorded a personal best in the event too with a time of 25.48 to finish in 30th place .

In the men’s 3,000m run, Antony Kosgei demolished his prior personal best (8:51.36) and surpassed that by 20 seconds with a time of 8:31.57 to finish third. Evans Kiprono crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time of 8:53.90 in a field of 20 runners. Gladys Jerotich, who ran in the second section of the women’s 3,000m run, clocked a personal best with a time of 10:19.05 to place fourth overall.

In the 600m run, Brittney Adams (1:36.64/personal best) and Dreshanae Rolle (1:36.89/personal best) both won their heats and finished sixth and seventh overall respectively. On the men’s side, Daniel Tarango won his heat and finished 10th overall with a time of 1:21.34. Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin clocked a personal best time of 1:26.08 in the event.

Nickevea Wilson jumped herself to a seventh-place showing in the long jump with a mark of 5.76m (18-10.75). Wilson will be competing in the triple jump tomorrow.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Flyin’ Miners headed to ABQ for 2nd meet of the year

The UTEP track and field team will make the short trek up Interstate 25 to compete in the Cherry & Silver Invitational this weekend at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Orange and Blue will have 35 athletes (21 female and 14 male) make the trip.

Events are slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. (MT) on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Live stats can be found at liverunningresults.com and for up to date times and marks, follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

UTEP will be competing against 17 other universities and junior colleges. The competition on the list includes the likes of Arkansas, Texas and New Mexico.

Fayon Gonzales and Adebola Akomolafe will get the action started off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the weight throw. Kevin Rincon, who set a personal best last weekend, will also be competing in the men’s weight throw at 7 p.m. In other field events, Lucia Mokrasova will be competing in the high jump and Tyler Ragin, Nickevea Wilson and Israel Ramsay will have a go at it in the long jump.

The Miners will have four athletes dashing in the first running event of the meet, the 60m hurdles. The prelims will take placeFriday with the top 16 qualifying for the semifinals on Saturday morning. On the men’s side, Sven Zellner will be the lone Miner to run in this event. Last weekend, Zellner missed a personal best by .01 seconds when he ran 8.08. The women will be sending three athletes to compete in the 60m hurdles. Brittney Trought and Bria Love are coming off solid performances and they will be joined by newcomer Tobi Amusan, who won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2015 African Games with a time of 13.15 seconds.

The 60m dash prelims will take place following the hurdles and the top 16 times will advance in that event. UTEP has Isak Washington, Nicholas Colbert, Ragin, Ramsay and Alexis Roberts competing in the short sprint.

A foursome of Miners will be running the 3,000m run. On the women’s side, Gladys Jerotich and Winny Koech, who is making her debut, will run at 5:55 p.m. and Antony Kosgei and Evans Kiprono will run at 5:35 p.m.

Timed finals in the 600m run and 200m dash will close out the evening. Daniel Tarango, Esteban Montanez, Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin, Brittney Adams and Dreshanae Rolle will be competing in the 600m run. The timed finals for the 200m dash will begin at 6:45 p.m. On the men’s side, a total of 58 athletes will run; UTEP will send Colbert, Carnell Horn and Isak Washington to the track. On the women’s side of things, there will be 79 athletes (16 heats); the Orange and Blue will be represented by Imani Adams, Veronica Alvarez, Alexis Roberts and Florence Uwakwe.

On Saturday, only three Miners will compete in field events (Wilson, Mokrasova and Samantha Hall). Wilson will take the fourth-best mark in the country in the triple jump into action and Hall and Mokrasova will compete in the shot put.

Jonah Koech (4:04.98/altitude converted) will be running the mile for the second straight week; his time from last week is the fifth-best in the country. Truphena Sum will be running the 1,600m event for the women.

The 400m dash will start at 1 p.m. Asa Guevara, Carvellion Horn and Tommy McCoy will run that event for the second straight week. On the women’s side, Yanique Bennett and Alvarez will run it. Lilian Koech will close out the individual events at 2:20 p.m. and will look to win her second-consecutive 800m race.

The 4x400m relays will close out the meet at 2:40 p.m.

Author:  UTEP Athletics

Miners strike gold six times during 1st meet of season

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The UTEP track and field team had six individual winners on Saturday at their first meet of the season; Jonah Koech (mile), Lilian Koech (800m run), Gladys Jerotich (3,000m run), Antony Kosgei (3,000m run) Nickevea Wilson (triple jump) and Carnell Horn (400m dash) were the first-place finishers. All in all, 18 new personal bests were set at the Lumberjack Team Challenge.

“This meet laid out a very good foundation for us to keep building on for the rest of the season,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said.

Wilson recorded a mark on three of her five jumps with a long bound of 12.96m (42-6.25) before passing on her final attempt.

Both the Koech’s did not disappoint with their first-place showings. Jonah clocked a mile time of 4:14.22 at altitude and Lilian pulled away in the final straightaway to take gold in the 800m run with a time of 2:16.08.

Sophomore Tyler Ragin got the morning started off with a personal best in the long jump (5.61m/18-5.00) to finish third. Fellow Miners Israel Ramsay (5.50m/18-0.50) and Lucia Mokrasova (5.48m/17-11.75) finished sixth and seventh in the event respectively.

Ramsay and Ragin would both go on to set personal bests in the 60m dash shortly after. Ramsay placed 8th with a time of 7.70 seconds and Ragin finished 13th (7.80).

Daniel Tarango dashed to a second-place showing in the 800m run with a time of 1:56.38. Fellow 800m runner, Esteban Montanez, placed ninth with a time of 1:58.40.

The Orange and Blue sent a total of 10 runners (five men and five women) into the 400m dash event. On the men’s side, Horn took gold with a smooth time of 48.60 and he was followed by Asa Guevara, who made his Miner debut, in third place with a time of 49.36. Tommy McCoy registered a personal best in the event with a time of 51.20. For the women, Ada Benjamin took silver with a mark of 54.43 seconds and Florence Uwakwe (55.84) placed seventh. Imani Adams recorded a personal best in the 400m dash with a time of 57.37.

In the 60m hurdles, Bria Love (8.64) and Brittney Trought (8.69) sprinted to a fifth and sixth-place showing. On the men’s side, Sven Zellner missed his personal best by less than one-hundreth of a second (8.08) and went on to finish with bronze.

In the 200m dash, Alexis Roberts, a Arizona native, clocked a time of 25.54 in the 200m dash to finish sixth. Right behind her was Yanique Bennett who registered a mark of 25.59 to place seventh.

In the weight throw, the Miners had two throwers set new personal marks. Fayon Gonzales took fifth place with a mark of 17.57m (57-7.75). On the men’s side, Kevin Rincon launched a terrorizing throw of 14.67m (48-1.75) to cap the day.

UTEP will return to action next weekend at the Cherry & Silver Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners set to open 2016 Indoor Season at Lumberjack Team Challenge

The UTEP track and field team will kickoff the 2016 indoor campaign this Saturday at the Lumberjack Team Challenge in Flagstaff, Ariz., on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

35 athletes (20 women and 15 men) will make the trip for the Orange and Blue. This will be the first of five indoor meets before UTEP heads to Birmingham, Ala. (Feb 2425) for the conference championships.

2015 was a historic year for the women’s team, as it captured its first conference title in program history. The women’s team returns seven veteran point scorers from that team along with some talented newcomers.

Nickevea Wilson, the only indoor All American on the team, will start her final indoor season off in the triple jump. At last year’s conference meet, Wilson secured silver with a bound of 12.64m (41-5.75).

The duo of Ada Benjamin and Florence Uwakwe is one of the most lethal sprinter one-two punches in Conference USA. Benjamin (12 points) and Uwakwe (9 points) racked up 21 points for the Miners at last year’s conference meet. The duo will be running in the 400m dash at 11:35 a.m. (MT) alongside four other Miners (Brittney Adams, Imani Adams, Veronica Alvarez and Dreshanae Rolle).

Tyler Ragin and Israel Ramsay will both be pulling double duty by competing in the 60m dash (10:55 a.m.) and the long jump (9 a.m.). Yanique Bennett and Brittney Trought will make their debut for the Orange and Blue in the 200m dash (12:55 p.m.) alongside sophomore Alexis Roberts.

UTEP will send three throwers to Flagstaff: Samantha Hall will compete in the shot put and Adebola Akomolafe and Fayon Gonzales will participate in the weighted throw.

The triumvirate of Lilian Koech (800m run), Truphena Sum (mile) and Gladys Jerotich (3,000m/indoor debut) will hold down the distance events. Koech racked up 12 points at the Conference USA Championships last year as a freshman.

Rounding out the athletes for the women will be Bria Love and Lucia Mokrasova, both whom will be running the 60m hurdles. Mokrasova, a pentathlete, will also be competing in the long jump.

The men will have five scorers from last year’s third-place finishing conference team in action this weekend.

The duo of senior Daniel Tarango (fifth) and sophomore Esteban Montanez (sixth), both who scored at the 2015 Indoor Conference USA Championships in the 800m run, will compete in that event at 11:25 a.m.

Daniel Cheruiyot, Evans Kiprono and Antony Kosgei will be running the 3,000m run at 1:30 p.m. and freshman Jonah Koech will run the men’s mile 10:45 a.m.

The fivesome of Asa Guevara (debut), Carnell Horn, Carvellion Horn (debut), Tommy McCoy and Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin will all compete in the 400m dash at 11:45 a.m.

Nicholas Colbert and Isak Washington will hold down the short sprints with the 60m dash at 11:05 a.m. and Sven Zellner will run the 60m hurdles at 12:05 p.m. Kevin Rincon will be the only thrower in action for the men; he will compete in the weighted throw.

Live results will be posted at http://live.wingfootfinish.com/. For additional live updates of the meet, follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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