College Station, Texas – The UTEP track and field team closed out the Texas A&M Invitational, posting top finishes on Saturday night.
Winny Koech closed out the meet for the Miners, running in the 5,000m for the second time this season. The junior recorded a winning time of 17:23.73.
On the men’s side, Rodgers Korir notched a second-place finish in the 5,000m. The freshman clocked in a time of 15:00.53. Sophomore Boaz Ronoh followed closely behind, crossing the finish line third overall with a time of 15:05.69. Senior Antony Kosgei also took the track in the 5,000m and took fifth.
Junior Sean Bailey returned to the track for the first time since the Miners season opener. The sprinter wasted no time, registering a season-best time of 47.31 taking second place overall.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, Junior Shakeem Smith also posted a silver-medal finish. The hurdler clocked in a season-best time of 14.45 (W: 2.1). His time currently ranks sixth in Conference USA.
On the field, underclassmen Iason Machairas and Benjamin Coronado took the field in the men’s shot put. Machairas claimed a third-place finish with a toss of 17.50m, while Coronado registered a fourth-place finish with a personal best of 16.33m. Coronado moved up the Conference USA rankings, checking in at fifth in the league.
On the women’s side, Carolyne Chepkosgei crossed the finish line fourth in a field of 21 competitors. The sophomore notched a time of 2:13.77 in the 800m.
In the hurdles, Dreshanae Rolle registered a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:05.05 in the 400m hurdles. Carshaylah Harrison and Breona Pinkney also represented the Miners in the field and finished 11th and 12th, respectively.
Rebecca Oshinbanjo notched a seventh-place finish (14.02 W: 5.0) in the women’s 100m hurdles. Teammate Maribel Caicedo also took the track in the 100m hurdles and finished 12th overall.
UTEP will return to the track on April 18-20 at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California. and Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, California.
College Station, Texas – The UTEP track and field team wrapped up the first day of action at the Texas A&M Invitational at E.B. Cushing Stadium on Friday night.
Highlighting the women’s team was freshman Roosa Yloenen in the javelin throw. The newcomer finished second with a personal-best mark of 50.44m. Yloenen mark currently rates 22nd nationally and first in Conference USA. Her throw also is the seventh all-time in the UTEP record book.
On the men’s side, Karol Koncos notched a second-place finish in the hammer throw in a field of 18 competitors. The junior posted a toss of 63.62m in his sixth and final attempt of the night.
In the women’s hammer throw, Cierra Chenault was the Miners top finisher, posting a ninth-place finish. The sophomore’s best throw was 47.94m registered in her first attempt. Freshman Samantha Cordier also competed in the hammer and took 12th overall.
Freshman Chantoba Bright took the field in the women’s long jump and finished 11th in a field of 26 competitors. The freshman recorded a leap of 5.72m in her second attempt.
UTEP will resume action tomorrow, kicking off with the women’s discus throw at 2 p.m. MT. For live results please visit, TAMU Invite website.
AUSTIN – Senior Lilian Koech closed out the last day of the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in stellar fashion on Saturday afternoon.
“We had a few individuals register personal-best marks this weekend with Karol (Koncos) in the hammer throw and Carolyne Chepkosgei in the 1,500m,” said UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen. “I’m also very pleased with Lilian’s (Koech) performance in the 800m and 1,500m. She was the second collegiate finisher in the 800m and took second in the 1,500m. Although Chantoba (Bright) didn’t have her best meet, she was very competitive in both the long and triple jump.”
The distance runner took the track in the women’s 1,500m with teammate Carolyne Chepkosgei. Koech notched a second-place finish with a season-best time of 4:21.84. Chepkosgei was the fourth collegiate runner to cross the finish line with a personal-best time of 4:25.78. Koech time currently rates fourth nationally, while Chepkosgei time ranks 14th nationally.
Also on the women’s side, Chantoba Bright represented the Miners in the women’s long jump. In the highly-competitive field, Bright took 11th place with a leap of 6.02m (19-9) and was the top freshman finisher.
The small group of Miners concluded the final day of competition at the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday afternoon in San Marcos, Texas.
Freshman Kaylah Shepherd finished fourth in the javelin throw a field that included 32 competitors. The thrower registered a personal-best mark of 42.66m, which currently rates fourth in Conference USA.
On the men’s side, Darius King took seventh place in the triple jump, while teammate Iason Machairas also finished in seventh in the shot put.
· Karol Koncos posted a personal best of 65.59 in the men’s hammer throw.
· Lilian Koech time of 2:05.42 in the 800m currently ranks third nationally. Her time (2:05.42) in the 1,500m rates fourth nationally.
· Carolyne Chepkosgei notched a personal-best time of 4:25.78 in the 1,500m.
· Chantoba Bright’s leap of 13.01m in the triple jump currently rates second in Conference USA.
· Kaylah Shepherd posted a personal best of 42.66m in the javelin throw.
Next up, the Miners will be back in action on April 12-13 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas
AUSTIN – The UTEP track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.
Lilian Koech and Carolyne Chepkosgei kicked off the evening running events in the 800m. Koech was in the leading pack through the whole race and finished third overall with a time of 2:05.42. Her time is a personal best and also currently ranks her third nationally.
Teammate Chepkosgei finished seventh overall with a personal-best time of 2:09.19, which also rates 30th nationally.
Junior Winny Koech posted a stellar showing in the 5,000m finishing second overall behind unattached runner Sarah Lancaster. The distance runner clocked in a time of 16:40.03, which currently ranks second nationally.
On the men’s side, Karol Koncos took seventh in the hammer in a field that included 25 throwers. The junior notched a toss of 65.59m (215-2) in his final attempt of the day. His mark currently checks in ninth nationally.
Freshman Roger Korir closed out the first day of action in the men’s 5,000m. The distance runner crossed the finish line in seventh place with a time of 14:50.19.
Friday’s action will begin with the preliminaries in the women’s 4x100m relay at 8:35 a.m. MT and field events will kickoff with the women’s javelin throw scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Roosa Yloenen will be the lone Miner in the field of 13 throwers. The freshman currently rates 37th nationally with a mark of 46.76m posted at the UTEP Springtime.
Also taking the field for the women is freshman Chantoba Bright in the women’s triple jump at 2 p.m. This is the first time this outdoor season that Bright will compete in the triple. She heads into the meet ranked fourth nationally in the long jump with a leap of 6.30m registered at the UTEP Springtime.
On the track, the women’s 100m hurdles prelims and men’s 110m hurdles prelims will run simultaneously starting at 8:35 a.m. On the women’s side, Maribel Caicedo and Rebecca Oshinbanjo will represent the Miners in a race that features 107 competitors. Caicedo opened the season with a win in the 100m hurdles at the UTEP Springtime.
The men’s side will feature Shakeem Smith and David Rivera for the Orange and Blue. The race features 84 student-athletes. Smith opened the season with a first-place finish in the 110m hurdles at the Miners home meet.
Additionally, a small group of Miners will also be competing in the Bobcat Invitational tomorrow in San Marcos, Texas.
Taking the field for the Miners is Benjamin Coronado competing in the hammer throw on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The thrower opened the outdoor season with a second-place finish in the hammer throw (49.11m) at the UTEP Springtime. He will close the weekend on Saturday in shot put scheduled for 2 p.m.
Teammate Iason Machairas will also participate in the shot put. The freshman currently ranks 38th nationally in the shot put with a mark of 17.52m registered at the UTEP Springtime.
On the women’s side, Cierra Chenault will represent the Miners in the hammer throw on Friday at 12 p.m. The field includes four flights with a total of 43 student-athletes competing. Chenault opened the season with a personal-best toss (48.72m) in the hammer throw at the UTEP Springtime.
Miner duo Darius King and Devin Mungro will take the field in the men’s long jump on Friday at 5 p.m. Mungro opened the season with a win in the long jump (6.80m W:3.0).
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.