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Miners Claim 11 Medals at the Conference USA Championships

HOUSTON – The UTEP track and field team wrapped up the final day at the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships taking him 11 medals in six different events on Sunday at Wendel D. Ley Holloway Field in Houston.

“Injuries really plagued us this heading into this meet and I felt both teams performed as best they could,” UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “The men’s team was only 10 points away from second place and showed how hard our team battled.”

Mid-distance duo, Jonah Koech and Michael Saruni dominated in the 1,500m and 800m finals. Koech claimed gold in the 1,500m with a time of 3:49.73, followed by Saruni taking home silver with a time of 3:50.09.

The Kenya natives returned in the 800m producing the same result, Koech (1:48.79) followed by Saruni (1:49.71) to finish first and second, respectively. Koech scored 20 team points, while Saruni added 16 points.

On the women’s side, Lilian Koech garnered a gold-medal finish in the 1,500m with a winning time of 4:18.72. She returned in the 800m running a time of 2:06.17 taking home silver. Linda Cheruiyot notched a fifth-place showing in the 800m with a time of 2:11.63 and crossed the finish line at 4:33.67 in the 1,500m for eighth overall.

Koech scored 18 points for the Miners, while Cheruiyot added another five points.

Newcomer Shakeem Smith sprinted to a bronze-medal finish in the 400m clocking a personal-best time of 51.95. Earlier in the day Smith narrowly missed out on a podium finish clocking 14.05 in the 110m hurdles garnering fourth place. Smith scored 11.5 team points.

Senior Asa Guevara captured his first C-USA title in the 400m running a career-best 45.26. He returned in the 200m earning fourth overall with a time of 20.97. Guevara scored 15.5 team points.

In the women’s 400m hurdles, junior Dreshanae Rolle earned runner up by clocking a personal-best 59.02 and scored eight team points.

In the men’s 5,000m, newcomer Boaz Ronoh led the trio of Miners competing with a time of 14:48.87 to take fourth overall. Freshman Cornelius Kapel followed closely behind crossing the finish line at 14:51.15 in fifth place. Antony Kosgei clocked a time of 15:06.36 to finish 10th overall. Kapel and Ronoh combined for nine team points.

Sophomore Madision Gibson added three team points in the 400m clocking a time of 54.88 earning sixth overall.

Donivan Ortega leaped out to 14.94m (49-0.25) in the triple jump finishing in seventh place and scoring 2 team points.

Closing out the night in the women’s 4x400m relay, Gibson, Rolle, Annettee, Bolomboy and Imani Adams combined efforts sealed a silver-medal finish with a time of 3:40.45 registering eight team points.

The team standings on the men’s side was a battle for second place, the Miners finished sixth overall with 100 points. Charlotte took home first with 149 points, Southern Miss took home second with 110 points, UTSA third with 109 points, Rice and WKU tied for fourth with 105 points.

On the women’s side, Southern Miss finished first with 131 points, Mid. Tenn. Claimed second with 116 and UTEP finished eighth overall with 52 points.

The Miners will return to competition for the NCAA West Preliminaries held in Sacramento, Ca., on May 24-26.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Fourteen Miners Advance to Finals at C-USA Championships

HOUSTON – UTEP track and field wrapped up day three at the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships at the Wendel D. Holloway Field.

“We had some good performances throughout the day,” UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “There are still some things we need to work on but both men’s and women’s teams put themselves in a good position for tomorrow’s final.”

The day started with a second and third-place showing by Jonah Koech and Michael Saruni in the 1,500m. Koech clocked a time of 3:59.14, followed by Saruni (3:59.15) earning an automatic-qualifying spot in Sunday’s final at 5:15 p.m. MT.

The mid-distance duo also advanced to the 800m final. Koech crossed the finish line with a time of 1:50.79 to win the first heat. Saruni cruised to an easy second-place finish in the second heat with a qualifying time of 1:52.93. The 800m final will start at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday.

Lilian Koech and Linda Cheruiyot matched their male counterpart’s performances by qualifying in both the 800m and 1,500m. Koech notched an overall first-place finish in the 1,500m with a time of 4:34.35 and garnered second place in second heat of the 800m clocking in at 2:12.50. Cheruiyot registered a time of 4:34.41 in the 1,500m finishing second in the second heat and took first in the third heat of the 800m with a time of 2:12.30.

The Kenya natives with compete in the 1,500m final on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. and will return for the 800m final at 6:25 p.m.

Newcomer Shakeem Smith stamped his place in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.10 and the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the field. Smith squeezed his way into the 400m hurdles final with the eighth and final qualifying time of 54.33.

He will race in the 110m hurdles final starting at 5:35 p.m. and in the 400m hurdles at 8:35 p.m.

Junior Dreshanae Rolle showed her speed in the 400m hurdles qualifying to Sunday’s final with a time of 1:01.30. Rolle earned the third-fastest qualifying time and will race tomorrow at 6:40 p.m.

Senior Asa Guevara cruised his way into the 200m and 400m finals. Guevara registered a time of 20.82 in the 200m, which was the third-fastest time of the night. He clocked 46.17 in the 400m notching a second place overall. Guevara will compete in the 400m at 5:50 p.m. and again at 6:50 p.m. in the 200m.

Madison Gibson notched a personal-best 54.95 in the 400m earning her a spot in tomorrow’s final. Gibson clocked the fourth-fastest qualifying time and will race at 5:55 p.m.

The men’s team earned five points in the pole vault after freshman Etamar Bhastekar climbed over the bar at a career-best 4.82m (15-9.75).

The team is currently in fifth place overall with 22 points, while the women’s team is in 10th place with 10 overall points.

The action continues tomorrow on the final day of the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships with the field events starting at 2 p.m. and the running events at 5 p.m.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Mokrasova Captures Gold in the Heptathlon at the 2018 C-USA Outdoor Championships

HOUTSTON – Senior Lucia Mokrasova finally captured the elusive gold medal in the heptathlon by scoring 5,523 total points at the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Friday at the Wendel D. Holloway Field in Houston.

The senior scored 2,159 in three events on the second day of competition. She opened the day with a fourth-place finish in the long jump, landing a mark of 5.57m (18-3.25) securing 720 points. The Slovakia native followed that by tallying 626 points in the javelin with a toss of 37.28m (124-1). Heading into the final event, the senior clocked a time of 2:20.78 in the 800m to garner 813 points.

Mokrasova is a three-time indoor pentathlon champion with two second-place finishes in the heptathlon, making this her first career gold medal in the event.

The senior secured 10 team points for the Miners, putting them tied for third place through three events.

On the men’s side, Antony Kosgei led the Orange and Blue in the 10,000m final by crossing the finish line with a winning time of 31:13.45, scoring 10 points. Kosgei was followed by freshmen Boaz Ronoh (31:23.53) and Cornelius Kapel (31:45.02) who finished fourth and seventh, respectively.

Together the trio distance runners tallied a total of 17 points for the men’s team, putting them second in the team standings.

The Miners return to track for day three on Saturday with the field events starting at 2 p.m. MT and the running events at 4:30 p.m.

The spotlight will be on sophomore Michael Saruni when he will compete in the 800m and 1,500m on Saturday along with teammate Jonah Koech. Saruni garnered national and world-wide attention when he broke the 800m NCAA Record at the Desert Heat Classic with a time of 1:43.25. Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 1:43.55) previously held the record which stood for two years.

Saruni and Koech hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the conference in the 800m. Koech ranks first overall in the 1,500m, while Saruni will compete in his first of the season. Both will take the track at 4:30 p.m. in the 1,500m and will return in the 800m at 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Mokrasova Gains Early Lead After Day One at the C-USA Outdoor Championships

HOUSTON – UTEP senior Lucia Mokrasova left nothing to chance as she started her final heptathlon competition scoring 3,364 points leading the field of 15 athletes at the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Thursday in Houston.

“She had a good day to open the competition,” UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “She really focused on her events and she could have a chance at national depending on how tomorrow goes.”

Mokrasova started the day clocking the fastest time in the 100m hurdles crossing the finish line at 14.42 and gaining 920 points. She followed that performance with a third-place finish in the high jump, leaping over the bar at 1.66m (5-5.25) tallying 806 points.

The Slovakia native won her second event in the shot put landing a mark of 13.28m (43-7), good for 746 points. In the final event of the first day, Mokrasova notched a time of 24.94 in the 200m winning her third event and registering 892 points.

Mokrasova established a 219-point lead over Middle Tennessee’s Qetuwrah Abdullah (3,145). She will return to the track on Friday at beginning with the long jump at 3:30 p.m. MT, followed by the javelin and 800m run.

Also competing on Friday will be newcomer Benjamin Coronado in the men’s hammer throw starting at 1:00 p.m. Coronado notched a personal-best 44.28m (145-3) at the UTEP Springtime.

Antony Kosgei, Cornelius Kapel and Boaz Ronoh will all compete in the 10,000m final at 7 p.m. Kosgei ranks fifth heading into the final with a season-best 30:20.92, while Ronoh and Kapel will compete in their first 10,000m race of the season.

The bulk of the Miners will compete on Saturday with field events beginning at 2 p.m. and running events at 4:30 p.m.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

UTEP Track and Field Headed to Houston for the C-USA Outdoor Championships

The UTEP track and field team will close out the 2018 outdoor season with a trip to Houston, Texas, for the Conference USA Championships on May 10-13 hosted by Rice.

The Miners will compete against 13 different schools from across the league in four days. The Charlotte men’s team won the indoor title along with Middle Tennessee women’s team back in May.

Getting the action started will be senior Lucia Mokrasova in the heptathlon on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. Mokrasova has enjoyed a successful career with the Miners, holding the school record with 5,671 points. The Slovakia native will compete in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m on the first day. She will return to the track on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the long jump, followed by the javelin and the 800m.

Mokrasova currently ranks second in the league with a season-high 5,160 points scored at the Texas Relays.

The men’s 10,000m final will feature three Miners on Friday at 7 p.m. Antony Kosgei will lead newcomers Boaz Ronoh and Cornelius Kapel in the charge. Kosgei ranks fifth heading into Friday’s final with a season-best 30:20.92, while Ronoah and Kapel will compete in their first 10,000m race.

Saturday will see the bulk of the Miners competing for a spot in Sunday’s finals.

The spotlight will be on sophomore Michael Saruni when he will compete in the 800m and 1,500m on Saturday along with teammate Jonah Koech. Saruni garnered national and world-wide attention when he broke the 800m NCAA Record at the Desert Heat Classic with a time of 1:43.25. Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 1:43.55) previously held the record which stood for two years.

Saruni and Koech hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the conference in the 800m. Koech ranks first overall in the 1,500m, while Saruni will compete in his first of the season. Both will take the track at Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the 1,500m and will return in the 800m at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Asa Guevara will compete in the 200m and 400m. The Trinidad and Tobago native set a personal best in the 200m with a time of 20.51. His time ranks eighth in program history and 15th in the nation. Guevara will race in the 400m at 5:25 p.m. and again at 7:25 p.m. in the 200m.

Newcomer Shakeem Smith entered the league for the Miners making an immediate impact in the hurdle events. Smith clocked a personal-best 13.97 in the 110m hurdles at the Desert Heat Classic. His time ranks fourth in school history and third in C-USA. The Bahamas native registered a season-best 400m time of 53.35 at the UTEP Springtime ranking him No. 4 in the league.

Smith will compete in the 110m hurdles at 5 p.m., followed by the 400m hurdles at 7 p.m.

In the field events, Donivan Ortega leads the Orange and Blue in the long jump setting a career-best 7.54m (24-9) at the UTEP Springtime. Ortega’s leap ranks him No. 5 on the C-USA list this season. The long jump competition will begin at 2:30 p.m.

On the women’s side, Rebecca Oshinbanjo will compete in the 100m hurdles where she ranks third in conference. The junior clocked a season-best 13.71 at the Texas Invitational to finish fourth overall. Oshinbajo will compete at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday.

Junior Dreshanae Rolle has steadily improved in the 400m hurdles. She started the season by clocking a personal best time of 1:00.00 at the Texas Relays. Rolle lowered that time down to 59.57 at the Desert Heat Classic taking third overall. Heading into the conference championships, Rolle ranks second in the event. She will race on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

Mid-distance duo, Lilian Koech and Linda Cheruiyot will compete in the 800m and 1,500m over the weekend. Koech (2:07.06) ranks second in the league in the 800m followed by Cheruiyot (2:10.05) in the No. 3 spot. Koech also ranks No. 2 in C-USA in the 1,500m after clocking a season best time of 4:25.59 at the Texas Relays, taking third overall and the second collegiate athlete to cross the finish line.

The Miners will race at 4:45 in the 1,500m and will return for the 800m beginning at 6:40 p.m.

Sunday’s Final will begin with field events at 2 p.m. and running events starting at 5 p.m.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Miners Garner C-USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s Lilian Koech and Michael Saruni were named Conference USA Track athletes of the week for their performances at the Desert Heat Classic, the league announced on Tuesday.

Saruni etched his name into track and field history when he clocked 1:43.25 and set the NCAA 800m record. Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 1:43.55) previously held the record for two years.

The Kenya native passed former teammate Emmanuel Korir (1:43.77) on the all-time best in program history.

This marks the sophomore’s second weekly award of the season. Saruni’s time ranks as the fastest in the world this year.

Koech notched her first C-USA weekly award of the season after running 2:07.06 in the 800m to take home gold. The junior notched her fifth top-five finish of the outdoor season and garnered her second sub-2:08 in the 800m this season. The Kenya native currently ranks second in the league in the 800m and second in the 1,500m.

The Miners will enjoy a week off from competition before heading to Houston, Texas, for the C-USA Outdoor Championships hosted by Rice on May 10-13.

UTEP’s Saruni Sets NCAA 800M Record

UTEP’s Michael Saruni marked his spot in track and field history when he clocked the NCAA record time of 1:43.25 at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson on Saturday night.

“Michael Saruni made the most of the opportunity to run a great 800m time tonight,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “His time was one of two collegiate records set tonight and that just proves what a special athlete he is.”

Saruni’s time breaks the NCAA record previously held by Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M) who ran 1:43.55 at the 2016 NCAA Championships. His time ranks as the fastest in the world this year and breaks the school record held by former teammate Emmanuel Korir (1:43.73).

The Miners had strong performances across the board racking up 14 personal-bests on the day with highlights coming from Saruni, Asa Guevara and Shakeem Smith.

“The weather was perfect to run a track meet tonight in Tucson,” said Laaksonen. “Our athletes really focused on their race and performed very well. Asa Guevara had a huge showing in the 200m, which should boost his confidence heading into the Conference USA Championships in two weeks.”

Guevara, known for running the 400m, showed his power in sprinting by registering a career-best 20.51 taking home a gold medal finish. His time ranks 15th in the country and puts him eighth in school history. The senior was part of both the 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams that finished second and fifth, respectively.

Smith stamped his mark in program history by sprinting to a career-best 13.97 in the 110m hurdles, which ranks fourth all-time. His time ranks 14th in the west region and will qualify him the NCAA West Preliminary round.

Jonah Koech registered a season best time of 1:47.12 in the 800m to finish third overall. Koech’s time ranks No. 6 in the nation.

Junior Kyle Farrell notched two personal bests in the 100m and 200m. Farrell clocked 10.87 in the 100m to finish eighth overall and 21.87 garnering a 14th place finish.

On the women’s side, freshman Annette Bolomboy notched personal bests in the 200m and 400m. Bolomboy sprinted to a time of 24.81 in the 200m. She followed that performance with a 400m time of 54.96 to finish ninth overall.

Linda Cheruiyot, Lilian Koech, Destiny White and Andrea Lucero all competed in the 800m. Lilian Koech led the miners with a first-place finish, stopping the clock at 2:07.06. Cheruiyot finished close behind with a time of 2:11.05. Andrea Lucero (2:22.03) and Destiny White (2:30.02) came in at 11th and 13th overall, respectively.

In the 400m hurdles, Dreshanae Rolle raced her way to a career-best 59.57 to finish third overall. Her time ranks second in C-USA.

Sophomore Madison Gibson notched a 10th-place finish in the 400m notching a personal-best 55.08. Gibson was also part of the 4x400m team that finished in third-place with a time of 3:40.81.

The Miners will enjoy a week off before traveling to Houston, Texas, for the Conference USA Outdoor Championships hosted by RICE on May 10-11.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Miners Head West For Final Regular Season Meet

The UTEP track and field team will wrap up the final meet of the 2018 season with a trip to Tucson, for the Desert Heat Classic hosted by the University of Arizona on Saturday.

Schools competing will include nationally-ranked No.10 Oregon, No. 14 Arizona State, San Diego State, NMSU, California State Northridge and Northern Arizona.

The meet will begin with field events starting at 3:30 p.m. MT and the running events beginning later in the evening at 6:30 p.m.

Opening the meet for the Miners will be Benjamin Coronado in the men’s hammer throw. The newcomer has seen a steady increase in the event having a personal-best toss of 44.28m (145-3).  Coronado will return to the track for the discus at 6:30 p.m. and the shot put later at 9:30 p.m.

Competing in the long jump at 5:30 p.m. will be Devin Mungro, Frederic Williams and Donivan Ortega. Ortega leads the Miners this season with a personal-best leap of 7.54m (24-9) at the UTEP Springtime. His mark ranks him fifth Conference USA.

Shakeem Smith and David Rivera will compete in the first running event in the 110m hurdles at 6:30 p.m. Smith clocked a personal best 14.23 at the Don Kirby Tailwind and ranks fourth in C-USA.

Scheduled to run in the 800m will be Michael Saruni and Jonah Koech at 8:55 p.m. So far this season, Saruni clocked the eighth fastest time in nation (45.53) in the 400m at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open. This will be the second time he will run the 800m along with Koech after clocking a time of 1:48.39 at the Texas Invitational.

Senior Asa Guevara will compete in the 200m at 9:35 p.m. The Trinidad and Tobago native holds the No. 14 spot in the nation in the 400m with a time of 45.86. This will mark his first 200m competition of the 2018 season.

On the women’s side, senior Lucia Mokrasova will see action in three events: the 100m hurdles, high jump and the javelin. The Slovakia native scored 5,150 points in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays, putting her second in the league. Mokrasova will compete first in the 100m hurdles at 6:30 p.m. followed by the high jump at 8 p.m. and the javelin at 9:30 p.m.

Junior Rebecca Oshinbanjo and Danielle Trought will also compete in the 100m hurdles. Oshinbanjo clocked a season-best 13.69 at the UTEP Springtime, earning her third best in the conference.

Lilian Koech continues to build her strong performance for the 2018 season. Koech has notched four top-five finishes in three different events. The Kenya native will compete in the 800m at 8:45 p.m. Her season-best time of 2:07.53 ranks second in C-USA. Linda Cheruiyot, Destiny White and Andrea Lucero will also compete in the 800m.

In the 400m hurdles, Dreshanae Rolle will race at 7 p.m. Rolle registered a personal-best 1:00.00 at the Texas relays earlier this season. She ranks third best in the league.

This is the final tune-up for the Miners before the C-USA Outdoor Championships that will be held in Houston, Texas, on May 10-13.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

UTEP’s Saruni Named to The Bowerman Mid-Outdoor Watch List

Michael Saruni was named to The Bowerman Mid-Outdoor Watch List, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday afternoon.

The Bowerman consists of the top-10 track and field athletes throughout the country and is regarded as the most prestigious track and field honor in the collegiate ranking.

The sophomore is ranked highly in both the 400m and 800m. Saruni clocked an altitude-converted time of 45.53 in the 400m at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open, which ranks him No. 3 in the country. He followed that up with a time of 1:48.39 in the 800m the next week at the Texas Invitational, which puts him 17th in the nation.

This marks the Kenya native’s second appearance on the watch list after making the outdoor preseason list. He is just the fourth Miner to receive national recognition following Blessing Okagbare (2010) Anthony Rotich (2014 and 2015), and Emmanuel Korir (2017). Okagbare is the only Miner to be a finalist for the prestigious award.

Saruni and the UTEP track and field team will head out west to Tucson, Ariz., for the Desert Heat Classic for the final regular-season meet on April 28th.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Miners Complete Day One at the Texas Team Invitational

Austin – The UTEP Track & Field team finished day one with nine Miners registering personal bests over six different events at the Texas Team Invitational on Friday.

Lilian Koech and Winny Cheruiyot highlighted the meet with a first and second-place finish in the 800m. Koech led the way with a winning time of 2:09.32, followed by Cheruiyot with a personal-best time of 2:10.05. The two Miners continue to lead the league in the 800m.

Michael Saruni cruised to a first-place finish in the 800m invitational stopping the clock at 1:48.39. His time ranks seventh in the west region. The All-American will return to the track as part of the 4x400m relay on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT.

In the 200m, Alejandro Alcazar and Kyle Farrell clocked personal bests. Kyle ran a time of 21.57, followed by Alcazar with a career-best 22.46.

Competing in the long jump was Darius King, Devin Mungro, Frederic Williams and Donivan Ortega. Williams led the way for the Miners with a career-best 7.12m (23-4.50) to finish 12th overall. Ortega notched a 13th-place finish with a leap of 7.03m (23-0.75). Tying for 19th in the competition, Mungro and King both landed their jump at 6.64m (21-9.50).

Freshman Benjamin Coronado notched an 18th-place showing in the shot put tossing a career-best 14.10m (46-3). He followed that performance with a 39.04m (128-3) toss in the hammer throw to finish 19th overall.

In her last season as a Miner, Tyler Ragin has been improving each meet clocking a personal best in the 100m twice during the outdoor season. She notched a season-best 5.63m (18-5.75) in the long jump earning 11th place.

The Miners return to the track on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with the running events and the field events starting at 9:30 a.m.

Junior Jonah Koech will compete in his first 800m of the season at 11:10 a.m. Koech ranks 18th in the country in the 1,500m with a time of 3:44.02.

Newcomer Shakeem Smith makes his return trip to Mika A. Myers Stadium where he will race in the 110m hurdles at 11:35 a.m. He holds the seventh-fastest time (14.19) in program history.

In the 400m, senior Asa Guevara is set to take the track at 12:05 p.m. running in the first of five heats. Guevara will run against collegiate and professional athletes, including Dedric Dukes (Nike).

Be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Commonwealth Games: UTEP’s Amusan Strikes Gold in the 100m Hurdles

Gold Coast, Australia – Tobi Amusan hit pay dirt as she won gold in the 100m hurdles, crossing the finish line with a time of 12.68 at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Friday.

This marks Amusan’s first major victory in her professional career. She continues to train at UTEP under assistant coach Lacena Golding-Clarke, who won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles (Jamaica, 12.77) at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Amusan will return to the track on Saturday as a member of the 4x100m relay team, along with former UTEP great Blessing Okagbare.

Okagbare is a three-time medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth games winning gold in the 100m and 200m and earning a silver medal in the 4x100m relay.

Amusan won the first of two heats with a time of 12.73. Her time is the second-fastest qualifying time just behind Danielle Williams (Jamaica, 12.69). The 2017 NCAA Champion was the only athlete in the first heat to clock a time under 13 seconds.

Be sure to follow @UTEPTRACK on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news

Saruni Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week

Michael Saruni was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week for his performance in the 400m at the Don Kirby Tailwind, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

The All-American notched a first-place finish in the 400m by clocking a personal-best time of 45.52, ranking him first in the league and third in the nation.

Saruni was also a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished first overall with a time of 3:08.12. He ran a 46.8 split and helped the Miner relay team rank No. 27 in the country.

Up next for the Miners will be a return trip to the state capital for the Texas Team Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Former UTEP Athletes Set to Compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

The UTEP track and field team continues to be represented at major competitions, with former athletes Blessing Okagbare and Tobi Amusan both competing for Nigeria at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

The competition is going on from April 4-15.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) welcomes more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment and culture.

The largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade, GC2018 features the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.

Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)

Okagbare bore the honor of being the flag-barer for Nigeria during the opening ceremony. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she notched two gold medals in the 100m and 200m, along with a silver medal in the 4x100m relay.

The 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist will take the track on April 13 as part of the 4x100m relay team.

Recently, Okagbare set the African 200m record with a time of 22.04 at the Abilene Wes Kittley Invitational on March 24. She took gold at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in the 100m with a time of 10.72 on March 29.

Making first appearance at the Commonwealth Games, Tobi Amusan will compete in the 100m hurdles and will take part in the 4x100m relay team on April 12.

The 2017 All-American started her professional career with a seventh-place finish at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) Indoor World Championships in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.05.

Amusan currently trains at UTEP under assistant coach Lacena Golding-Clarke, who won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles (Jamaica, 12.77) during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

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Saruni Clocks World’s Sixth-Fastest 400m Time This Year

Albuquerque, N.M. – UTEP’s sophomore Michael Saruni highlighted the day with a 400m time of 45.42 at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on Saturday afternoon.

“This was an early season meet for us in terms of the team’s performance,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “We are mid-way through the outdoor season and have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time before the conference championships.”

Saruni’s time is the sixth fastest this year in the world and currently ranks no. 1 collegiately. The All-American moves up to the no. 5 spot in the program’s all-time list. He was followed by teammate Asa Guevara, who clocked in a personal-best 45.75 to finish second overall. Guevara’s time ranks third in the nation.

Newcomer Shakeem Smith competed in the 110m hurdles where he clocked a personal-best time of 14.19. His time ranks seventh in the program’s all-time list. David Rivera clocked a time of 15.13 to finish eighth overall.

Antony Kosgei, Boaz Ronoh and Cornelius Kapel all registered personal bests in the 3,000m run. Kosgei led the Miners with a time of 8:51.72 to finish in second place. Kapel (8:58.74) and Ronoh (8:59.60) finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively.

Freshman Benjamin Coronado notched a silver finish in the discus throw with a toss of 41.43m (135-11). He followed that performance with a third-place finish in the shot put throwing the iron ball out to 13.98m (45-10.5).

Former Miner Mickael Hanany competed in the high jump notching a first-place finish. He registered a leap of 2.16m (7-01).

On the women’s side, freshman Annette Bolomboy had a big showing for the Miners. Bolomboy garnered a first-place finish in the 200m posting a personal best of 24.90. She returned to the track in the 400m, where she crossed the finish line at 56.30 to take third overall.

The Miners swept the 400m with Madison Gibson (56.01), Dreshanae Rolle (56.14) and Bolomboy taking the top three spots. All three student-athletes along with Lucia Mokrasova ran a 4x400m relay time of 3:45.80 to finish first overall.

Senior Tyler Ragin used a great start in the 100m to clock a personal best of 11.92 to finish second overall. She would return to the track in the long jump where she garnered a fourth-place finish with a leap of 5.79m (19-00).

Former Miner Yanique Bennett took first in the 400m hurdles clocking in a time of 59.58.

The UTEP track and field team will return to action on April 13-14 for the Texas Team Invitational in Austin, Texas.

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Flyin’ Miners Set to Travel New Mexico for Don Kirby Tailwind Invite

The UTEP track and field team prepare for its third trip of the outdoor season, competing at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico on Saturday.

The meet will start with the field events at 10 a.m. MT, followed by the running events at 10:30 a.m.

Sophomore sensation Michael Saruni will make his return to the track running in the 400m at 11:55 a.m. This will mark the All-Americans first outdoor individual event of the season. Alejandro Alcazar, Asa Guevara, Carvellion Horn and Jonah Koech will also compete in the 400m.

Donivan Ortega will take the field in the men’s long jump at 10:30 a.m. Ortega leaped out to a season-best 7.54m (24-9) at the UTEP Springtime, currently ranked 14th in the West Region. The sophomore will also compete as a member of the 4x100m relay with a start time of 11 a.m.

Newcomers Shakeem Smith and David Rivera will run in the 110m hurdles at 11:35 a.m. and the 400m hurdles at 12:05 p.m. The sophomore currently has the third-fastest 400m hurdles time (53.35) in Conference USA this season.

Cornelius Kapel, Antony Kosgei and Boaz Ronoh will race in the 3,000m run at 1:30 p.m. This will be the first these runners compete in the 3,000m this season.

Benjamin Coronado will take the field in the shot put at 10 a.m. and the discus throw at 12:15 p.m.

On the women’s side, junior Rebecca Oshinbanjo will represent the Miners in the shot put starting at 11 a.m., followed by freshman Dawn Blazer will also participae in the discus at 1:15 p.m.

Imani Adams, Annette Bolomboy, Madison Gibson and Dreshanae Rolle will compete in the 400m at 12:10 p.m. Gibson clocked a season-leading time of 56.27 at the UTEP Springtime for the Miners.

Linda Cheruiyot and Destiny White will compete in the 800m at 12:35 p.m. Cheruiyot holds the second-fastest time in the league this season with a time of 2:10.57.

Senior Lucia Mokrasova will see action in the 100m hurdles at 11:45 a.m. and the long jump at 10:30 a.m. Mokrasova is coming off a 10th-place finish at the Texas Relays in the heptathlon scoring a league leading 5,160 points.

Rounding out the competition will be the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay at 1:45 p.m.

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