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Two Miners Garner Top-Three Finish at the Texas Relays

Austin – UTEP’s Jonah Koech and Lilian Koech closed out the final day of competition at the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday afternoon.

Lilian Koech competed in the women’s 1,500m, which included both collegiate and professional athletes. The junior crossed the finish line with a time of 4:25.59, earning a bronze-medal finish. She was just the second collegiate athlete to finish behind the winner and professional athlete Dana Mecke (4:13.53).

Her time ranks 16th in the nation and second in Conference USA.

Competing in the men’s mile invitational, which also included both collegiate and professional runners, was Jonah Koech. The Kenya native clocked a time of 4:01.94 to finish second overall behind professional athlete Jose Eduardo Silvestre (Mexico, 4:00.50).

The Miners will return to action on Saturday, April 7 for the Don Kirby Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. before returning to the state’s capital on Saturday, April 14.

Miners Complete Day Three at the Texas Relays

Austin – UTEP track and field team concluded day three of the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the Mike A. Myers with three relay races and six individual performances.

The men’s 4x100m relay team consisted of Donivan Ortega, Asa Guevara, Frederic Williams and Kyle Farrell. The team clocked in a season-best time of 40.96 finishing sixth in the fourth heat.

Williams and Farrell returned to the track in the 100m. Williams clocked a time of 10.81 to finish sixth in his heat. Farrell posted a personal best of 10.90.

Newcomers Shakeem Smith and David Rivera competed in the 110m hurdles. Smith clocked a time of 14.48 and Rivera finished with a time of 15.20.

The women’s 4x100m relay consisted of Tyler Ragin, Imani Adams, Rebecca Oshinbanjo and Madison Gibson. The crew clocked in a time of 47.22 in the final heat.

Dreshanae Rolle, Annette Bolomboy, Adams and Gibson teamed up for the 4x400m relay team. They notched a sixth-place finish in the fourth heat crossing the finish line at 3:52.82.

Ragin also competed in the 100m and posted a time of 12.18.

Oshinbanjo stopped the clock at 14.00 in the 100m hurdles with a wind-aided time.

The Miners will return two runners for the final day on Saturday.

Lilian Koech will compete in the women’s 1,500m at 1:35 p.m. Koech competed in the 800m invitational yesterday and was the first college athlete to cross the finish line with a time of 2:07.53.

Junior Jonah Koech will compete in the men’s mile invitational. Last year, Koech garnered a sixth-place finish with a time of 4:03.75.

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

UTEP’s Mokrasova Earns Top-10 Finish at Texas Relays

Austin – UTEP track’s Lucia Mokrasova notched a 10th place finish in the heptathlon, scoring 5,260 points at the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Thursday.

Mokrasova started the day by scoring 651 points in the long jump, leaping out to a mark of 5.33m (17-6). She tossed the javelin out to 36.28m (120-2) adding 596 points. The senior clocked 2:30.65 in the 800m, garnering 685 points to close out the day.

The Slovakia native ranks 13th in the nation and needs to finish within the top-24 in the country to qualify to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Junior Lilian Koech had herself a day, notching a silver medal finish in the 800m invitational that included collegiate and professional athletes. She finished with a time of 2:07.53, just behind professional athlete Ana-Rosa Gomez-Velazquez (2:07.31) but was the first collegiate athlete crossing the finish line. Koech’s time ranks seventh in the nation.

“Lilian Koech was the only bright spot of the day,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “[She was] the best collegian in the event.”

In the 400m hurdles, junior Dreshane Rolle clocked a personal best 1:00.00 flat to win her heat. Her time ranks first in Conference USA.

Linda Cheruiyot finished 15th overall in the 1,500m with a time of 4:50.03. Following her performance was Cornelius Kapel in the men’s 1,500m, crossing the finish line at 4:07.15 to finish 11th in his heat.

Antony Kosgei closed out the night with a ninth-place finish in the 1,500m with a time of 14:34.42.

Athletes competing on Friday:

Men’s and Women’s 4×100 meter relay – 8:35 a.m. MT

Tyler Ragin – 100m – 9:50 a.m.

Kyle Farrell – 100m – 10 a.m.

Frederic Williams – 100m – 10 a.m.

Rebecca Oshinbanjo – 100m hurdles – 10:15 a.m.

Shakeem Smith – 100m hurdles – 10:25 a.m.

David Rivera – 100m hurdles – 10:25 a.m.

Men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relay – 10:40 a.m.

Friday’s action will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the Longhorn Network beginning at 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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

Mokrasova in Sixth Place After Day One at Texas Relays

Austin – Senior Lucia Mokrasova sits in sixth place with 3,228 points after four events of the heptathlon at the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Wednesday.

Mokrasova finished second in the shot put with a toss of 13.61m (44-8).

The senior opened the day by clocking in a time of 14.38 in the 100m hurdles earning her 925 points finishing 12th in the event. In the high jump, Mokrasova leaped over 1.54m (5-0.5) tallying 666 points.

She concluded the day by sprinting to a 25.19 finish in the 200m garnering 869 points.

Mokrasova will conclude the heptathlon Thursday with the long jump, javelin throw and 800m run starting at 10 a.m. MT.

A tape delay of all the action will air tonight on the Longhorn Network at 5 p.m. and the final portion of the heptathlon will air Thursday on the LHN at 3:30 p.m. Following will be live action of the track events at 5 p.m.

Athletes competing Thursday are to be aired on LHN starting at 5 p.m.

Thursday List:

Rasmus Maukonen – Javelin – 1:15 p.m.

Etamar Bhastekar – Pole Vault – 2:30 p.m.

Dreshanae Rolle – 400m hurdles – 4:30 p.m.

Michael Saruni – 800m – 6 p.m.

Lilian Koech – 800m – 6:10 p.m.

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

Guevara Garners Conference USA Athlete of the Week

UTEP track’s senior Asa Guevara nabbed his first Conference USA weekly honor for his performance in the 400m at the UTEP Springtime, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Trinidad and Tobago native clocked a time of 46.63, taking gold in his last collegiate competition at Kidd Field. Guevara’s time ranks him 12th in the nation and first overall in the conference. At the 2018 C-USA indoor championships, he notched a fourth-place finish in the 400m.

The senior will travel to the Texas state capital for the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built by The Home Depot. The competition in Austin will begin Wednesday with the multi-events and will run through Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Keep up with the track team by following @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Flyin’ Miners Open Outdoor Season with Impressive Home Meet

The UTEP track and field team dominated the UTEP Springtime meet with a highlight performance coming from Donivan Ortega in the long jump on Saturday afternoon.

Ortega notched a first-place finish in the long jump with a personal-best 7.54m (24-9), ranking him seventh in the nation. The sophomore is coming off an impressive indoor season where he earned a bronze medal finish in the long jump at the 2018 Indoor Conference USA Championships. Devin Mungro finished third overall with a leap of 7.01m (23-0).

Making his return to competition after missing the 2017 season due to injury, Rasmus Maukonen made case as one of the best javelin throwers in the league. The senior launched the javelin out to 60.62 (198-11) ranking him in the top five in the conference.

Freshman Benjamin Coronado competed in three events, hammer throw, discus and shot put. Coronado took first in the hammer with a personal-best toss of 44.28m (145-3), putting him eighth in C-USA. In the shot put, he threw for 13.71m (44-11.75) to finish in second place. He followed that performance with a fifth-place finish in the discus, tossing for 13.71m (44-11.75).

In the 100m hurdles, newcomer Shakeem Smith clocked the third-fastest time in the league with a time of 14.32 to take gold. He returned to compete in the 400m hurdles clocking a time of 53.24 to rank first in C-USA.

On the women’s side, Linda Cheruiyot highlighted the day with her performance in the 800m, clocking a personal-best time of 2:11.05, the fastest time in the league. She was followed by teammate Andrea Lucero (2:31.42) and Destiny White (2:32.79).

Senior Tyler Ragin clocked a personal-best 12.01 in the 100m, garnering a first-place finish. Ragin followed that with a second-place finish in the long jump, leaping out to a mark of 5.65m (18-6.5), ranking her top-10 in the league.

Sophomore Rebecca Oshinbanjo registered a personal-best 13.69 in the 100m hurdles, ranking her first in the C-USA. Danielle Trought followed with a time of 14.36 to finish fifth overall.

The Miners will return to action when the team travels to Austin, Texas for the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Built by The Home Debut on Wednesday, March 28.

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

Special to the Herald-Post – Raise the Pick: UTEP Track and Field’s Tobi Amusan

Soccer may be the No. 1 sport in the world, but it just wasn’t for Tobi Amusan.

“I used to be a soccer player back in high school,” Amusan said. “And my coach used to tell me, ‘This is where you’re going to play (on the field).’ But then I’m all over the place. After practice he told me, ‘I told you to play right there. You were all over the place.'”

Amusan’s coach knew there were track trials nearby and asked her how fast she could run.

“And I just went in there and defeated the fastest girl,” Amusan said. That was the start of her track and field career.

With several Division I college athletic scholarships to consider, it came down to something very simple for Amusan.

“I felt like UTEP was like a home,” Amusan said, noting that the University has enrolled other Nigerian students who have excelled on the track and field team.

In her short time on the team, Amusan made quite an impact. She completed her freshman season at UTEP in spring 2016 with a second-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships with a wind-aided time of 12.79 seconds. She became only the second athlete for UTEP since it joined C-USA in 2006 to be named C-USA Female Track Athlete of the Year.

At the Conference USA Indoor Championships, Amusan finished with the third-best time in school history (8.23 seconds) to take gold. She also placed seventh in the long jump (5.84 meters) to earn two additional points. Her 12 total points helped the UTEP women’s team claim its second consecutive C-USA title.

She also competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the 100-meter hurdles for Nigeria.

Mika Laaksonen, UTEP track and field head coach, said Amusan had not competed indoors before, but she got better with every competition.

“She is very talented,” he said. “Little by little she worked her way up, trains very hard, is very dedicated and always comes to practice ready to compete. She knows you compete the way you practice.”

Amusan is grateful to have found a family in the U.S. at UTEP.

“I want to thank UTEP for giving me the opportunity to come here in the States and study and then prove myself on the track, because without being here I might not know what I’m capable of doing,” said Amusan, a health promotions major.

She added that education is really important to her because both of her parents are teachers back home in Nigeria.

“They believe education is the key to whatever you want to become in life,” Amusan said. “Even though my parents were the ones pushing me to go to school, I had my own self-motivation. I know one day I’m going to stop track and field and my degree is going to speak for me. Life is not all about sport. It’s going to end some day. Education is really important.”

Track and field has taken Amusan around the globe, including to the Ukraine and Brazil. It also has resulted in surprise perks, such as being one of several African youth athletes to have dinner with the president of Nigeria in 2013. The pictures taken on her camera were lost long ago, but she still remembers the night vividly.

Amusan is no longer competing for UTEP after going pro a few months ago, but she is still taking courses at the University toward her degree and trains with her former UTEP coach with eyes toward qualifying for the next Olympics.

“How I’m preparing for it is the just the same mindset I had for 2016,” Amusan said of the next Olympics. “So, it’s just work harder times two because I know I made it to the semifinals in 2016. If I can make it to the semifinals in 2016 and I have four more years, then I feel I can, with hard work, prayer, and being injury free, do better in Tokyo 2020.”

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Raise the Pick: This is the third article in a series about UTEP student-athletes who share their unique stories and how athletic scholarships have made a difference in their lives. Each of these students reflects on the value of their UTEP experiences and the opportunities they create for the future.

Visit minerathleticclub.com to learn more about the Raise the Pick campaign.

 Author –  Leonard Martinez UTEP Communications

UTEP Track Hosts Only Home Event of Season On Saturday

The UTEP track and field team will host its only home meet of the season when five schools, four individual professionals, and two track clubs make their way to Kidd Field on Saturday, March 24 for the UTEP Springtime meet.

Field events will begin at 10 a.m. and running events are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. MT. Admission to the meet is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12-and-under.

UTEP will be joined on the track by Interstate-10 rival NM State, New Mexico, New Mexico Junior College, Central Arizona and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Athletes sponsored by Nike, New Era and Adidas, including former Miner hurdler and 2017 NCAA Champion Tobi Amusan.  Joining the field will also be Collegeville Track Club and Futuro Cd Juárez.

Five Miner seniors will be making their final home-meet appearance in Lucia Mokrasova, Imani Adams, Tyler Ragin, Rasmus Maukonen and Asa Guevara. Morkrasova, a three-time Conference USA pentathlon champion, will compete in the 100m hurdles and 400m dash with a projected start time at 1:35 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

She will be competing in the same 100m hurdle heat as her former teammate Amusan as well as with current teammates Rebecca Oshinbanjo and Danielle Trought. Sprinters Dreshanae Rolle and Madison Gibson will join the senior in the 400m heat.

Adams will begin her day in the 400m at 2 p.m. alongside teammates Lilian Koech and Annette Bolomboy, and return to action in the 4x400m relay at 5:10 p.m., where she will run the first leg.

Ragin will kick-off her events first in the 4x100m relay at 1 p.m. alongside teammates Gibson, Johna Diggs and Oshinbanjo. Ragin will then take the field in the long jump at 1:30 p.m., before returning to the track at 2:30 p.m. to race in the 100m dash.

On the men’s side, Maukonen will be the lone competitor in the javelin throw at 3 p.m., while Guevara will take the track at 2:15 p.m. for the 400m and run the first leg of the 4x400m relay team that consists of Donivan Ortega, Jonah Koech and Michael Saruni at 5:25 p.m. The relay will be the only event Saruni, the 2018 NCAA 800m Indoor Champion, will participate in.

Ortega will also run the anchor in the 4x100m relay with Frederic Williams, Kyle Farrell and Devin Mungro. Other notable races include the men’s 1500m, where Cornelius Kapel, Antony Kosgei and Boaz Ronoh will represent the Miners, as well as the women’s 800m run that includes Linda Cheruiyot, Andrea Lucero, and Destiny White.

Two Miner men will make their outdoor collegiate debuts in Etamar Bhastekar and Benjamin Coronado. Bhastekar will compete in the men’s pole vault at 2:30 p.m., while Coronado will be the lone competitor in the hammer throw at 10:30 a.m. He will participate in the discus throw at 12 p.m., and close out the day in the shot put at 1:30 p.m. In the jumps, Darius King will participate in the triple jump slated for a 3:30 p.m. start, while a trio of Miners, Mungro, Williams and Ortega, will compete in the long jump slated to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Dawn Blazer will take the load of the throws for the Orange and Blue, beginning with the hammer throw at 9 a.m. and discus at 1:30 p.m. and Jordan Thummel will be the lone Miner competitor in the pole vault at 12:15 p.m.

Live results are available online; fans can also follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

UTEP’s Saruni Captures 800M NCAA Championship

College Station, Texas – UTEP’s Michael Saruni wins his first NCAA Championship in the 800m clocking a time of 1:45.15 on Saturday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

“He finally got that national title he has been chasing ever since he came to UTEP,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “when he runs his race like today, no one can touch him. Setting the records at this level of competition speaks volumes and we couldn’t be happier for him.”

Saruni’s time sets a new facility and meet record at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. The facility record was held by Donavan Brazier (Texas A&M, 2016) at 1:45.93 and the meet record was previously held by Patrick Nduwimana (Arizona, 2001) with a time of 1:45.83. The sophomore is the second Miner to win the national title in the 800 following his previous teammate Emmanuel Korir (2017).

The sophomore’s career has been nothing short of spectacular, setting a world record in the 600m (1:14.79) and set the No. 2 NCAA All-Time Best in the 800m (1:44.89) both in the month of January.

Jonah Koech competed in the mile final garnering a ninth-place finish with a time of 4:02.26.

“Jonah ran a smart race and was in great shape with a quarter mile left. He just couldn’t finish it the way he would’ve like to. He has tremendous talent and will continue to work hard.”

The junior earns NCAA Second Team All-American honors marking his second career honor. This was the third consecutive appearance at the national stage for the Kenya native in the mile event.

The UTEP track and field team will return to action when they open the outdoor campaign on Saturday, March 24 with their home meet at Kidd Field.

Miners Advance to NCAA Indoor Championship Finals

College Station, Texas – UTEP’s Michael Saruni and Jonah Koech both advanced to the final at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships in their respective events on Friday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

“We had two guys here with a main goal which was to advance to the finals,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “They both got the job done and now can focus on tomorrow’s race where anything can happen.”

Koech notched a fourth-place finish in the mile preliminaries with a time of 4:04.76. The Kenya native clocked the third-fastest time in the country (3:55.81) this year at the Don Kirby Elite. The junior was able to clinch an automatic qualifying spot into Saturday’s final starting at 3:10 p.m. MT.

Saruni secured his spot in the 800m final by clocking a time of 1:47.95 garnering a fourth-place finish in his heat. The Kenyan native holds the no. 2 NCAA all-time best 800m time of 1:44.89 just behind his coach Paul Ereng (1:44.84, 1989). The sophomore will compete in the 800m final on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Fans can watch coverage of both days on the ESPN network and follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and UTEPTRACK on Instagram for live updates and breaking news.

Flyin’ Miners Saruni, Koech Prepare for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

It’s a well-documented moment in the movies – and in sports lore – where the apprentice has the opportunity to surpass the mentor on the biggest stage.  For a UTEP runner and his coach, that moment and stage is the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships.

UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni currently holds the nation’s fastest time in the men’s 800-meter with a time of one minute and 44.89 seconds, which he set at the Texas Tech Classic on Jan. 27.

Saruni’s time is the second-fastest 800 time in NCAA history, just five hundredths of a second behind his mentor and coach, Paul Ereng (Virginia). The UTEP associate head track and field coach set the record in 1989 with a time of 1:44.84.

However, for Saruni and Ereng, beating records isn’t the priority going into the NCAA Indoor Championships.

“Records aside, I want him to win the race,” Ereng said. “If the record comes, let it come, but the win is the biggest thing for us, that is our goal.”

Saruni is one of two Miners headed to College Station, Texas for the NCAA Championships. Junior Jonah Koech returns to the big race as he ranks second in the nation for his 3:55.81 time in the mile.

The pair of Kenya natives have experience with this championship as they both qualified last season. Although they have familiarity with the competition, Saruni and Koech go to College Station with the mentality that numbers and records don’t determine the winner.

“This is a championship, nobody knows about the championship, It’s never been known,” Koech said. “A lot of things happen in championships, but I believe in myself and I am going to run my game.”

Saruni is aware of the accomplishments he has made but says that the only thing that goes through his mind during each race is to just keep going.

“I go race after every race, and I run each race like it is the finals,” Saruni said.

As far as strategy for the big race, Saruni says it all depends on how his body is feeling on the day of, but he doesn’t plan to run with the pack.

“I don’t like to run in a pack because that happened to me last year and I got tripped twice in nationals,” Saruni said. “I’ll try to run from either the front or the back but it depends on how my body talks to me that day.”

Entering the championships, Saruni is the top-seeded runner in the 800 with his 1:44.89 finish, nearly three seconds ahead the second seed runner Bryce Hoppel (1:47.09) from Kansas.

Coach Ereng believes that Saruni’s experience in the championships last season will help his performance this time around.

“He knows the competition so he doesn’t go there with a blank slate, and he knows how to execute a race much better than last year,” Ereng said.

Koech and Saruni enter the championships after a successful finish at the Conference USA Championships. Koech took first place in the mile with a time of 4:10.03, and Saruni finished the 800 with a gold medal for his time of 1:52.05.

Saruni, only a sophomore, has already garnered several accolades and accomplishments under his belt. He was recently named to The Bowerman Preseason Watch List. The recognition is regarded as the most prestigious collegiate track and field honor, and is made up of the top-10 track and field athletes in the nation.

“At least I have the guy who is number one, and number two in their respective events,” Ereng said. We just want to make sure we go there and compete and take things seriously.”

The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held on March 9 and 10, and are hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Author: Stephanie Shields, Special to the El Paso Herald-Post

Flyin’ Miners Saruni Named to The Bowerman Watch List

UTEP’s sophomore Michael Saruni was named to The Bowerman Preseason Watch List, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Thursday.

This is the first time Saruni has been placed on the watch list. The Bowerman consists of the top-10 track and field athletes throughout the country and regarded as the most prestigious track and field honor in the collegiate ranks.

Saruni is the fourth Miner to be named to The Bowerman Watch List, following Blessing Okagbare (2010), Anthony Rotich (2014 and 2015) and Emmanuel Korir (2017). Okagbare is the only Miner to be a finalist on The Bowerman Watch List.

During the indoor season, the distance runner set a world record in the 600m at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver meet clocking in at 1:14.79. The Kenya native followed that performance by running the second-fastest time in the NCAA in the 800m at the Texas Tech Classic. He sits just behind his coach Paul Ereng (Virginia, 1989) who set the record time of 1:44.84.

Saruni will compete at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10 in the 800m. The All-American finished eighth overall at the 2017 NCAA Championships.

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

UTEP Men’s Track and Field Ranked No. 23 in the Nation

The UTEP men’s track and field team ranks No. 23 in the nation, it was announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

With the conclusion of the regular indoor season, the Miners now prepare for the NCAA Indoor Championships held on March 9-10 in College Station, Texas.

Sophomore Michael Saruni holds the nation’s fastest time in the 800m when he clocked 1:44.89 at the Texas Tech Classic. Saruni’s time is the second fastest in NCAA history, just behind his coach Paul Ereng (Virginia) who set the record in 1989. The Kenya native took gold at the 2018 Conference USA Championships in the 800m and finished second in the mile.

In the mile run, junior Jonah Koech holds the third-fastest time in the nation when he clocked 3:55.81 at the Don Kirby Elite. Koech notched a gold-medal finish at the C-USA Championships and a second-place finish in the 800m.

Both student-athletes will compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10.

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

Miners Claim Eight Medals on Final Day of C-USA Championships

Birmingham, Al. – The UTEP track and field team tallied eight medals on the final day of the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Championships Indoor Track Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham.

“We have a very young team and we had some good performances today,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “It’s good for us to have this kind of meet under our belt to see where we are as we prepare for the outdoor season.”

The women’s side notched four medals in three different events, junior Lilian Koech led the way for the Miners scoring 18.5 points in three events. The Kenya native took gold in the mile with a time of 4:53.15. She followed that performance with a bronze medal finish in the 3,000m stopping the clock at 9:39.56. Koech helped the distance medley relay team to a first-place finish.

Winny Koech tallied 16 points for the Orange and Blue over two events. Koech earned a second-place showing in the 3,000m (9:39.05) and 5,000m (16:33.39).

The Miners had eight more athletes score in the finals. Freshman Carolyne Chepkosgei took silver in the 800m clocking a time of 2:09.50, adding eight team points.

Tyler Ragin notched a seventh-place finish in the 60m clocking 7.61 to earn two points.

Following Ragin, junior Rebecca Oshinbanjo clocked a time of 9.14 in the 60m hurdles to finish eighth overall adding one team point.

In the final event, Madison Gibson, Lucy Mokrasova, Annette Bolomboy and Imani Adams combined to run the mile relay in a time of 3:44.90 to finish fourth overall and earning four team points.

The men’s team finished with four medals and 58 total team points for a sixth-place finish.

Sophomore Michael Saruni and junior Jonah Koech shined on day two with both student-athletes competing in the 800m and mile final. Koech clocked a mile time of 4:10.03 edging out Saruni (4:10.39) for the gold. Saruni returned the favor by narrowly beating Koech (1:52.10) in the 800m with a time of 1:52.05. Both Kenya natives scored 18 team points to lead the Miners.

A pair of Miners notched fourth-place finishes in their respective events, scoring five team points. Senior Asa Guevara clocked 47.97 in the 400m to finish fourth overall. Newcomer Shakeem Smith clocked a personal-best 8.07 in the 60m hurdles.

Boaz Ronoh finished 14th overall in the 3,000m clocking a personal-best time of 8:37.30.

Benjamin Coronado competed in the shot put and tossed a personal-best 14.60m (47-11) to finish 13th overall.

The Miners will return to action on March 9-11 for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The top-16 athletes in the nation for each event will qualify to the championships.

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

UTEP Track and Field Prepped for C-USA Championships

The UTEP track and field team will compete in the 2018 Conference USA Men’s and Women’s Championships beginning on Saturday, February 17 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Al.

The championship events begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. MT starting with the combined events, field events will start at 1 p.m. and running events will kick off at 3 p.m.

The men’s team has captured two C-USA indoor titles (2006 and 2014) and the women’s team have three league titles (2015-17). Last year, the women’s team notched their third consecutive title edging out Rice by four points.

Competing for the Miners will be sophomore Michael Saruni in the 800m and mile run. Saruni ranks No. 1 in the nation in the 800m after clocking the second-fastest time (1:44.89) in NCAA history, just behind his distance coach Paul Ereng. Teammate Jonah Koech will compete alongside Saruni in both events and is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the mile (3:55.81). The Kenya natives will take the track on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

Senior Asa Guevara will compete in the 400m, where he is ranked first in the league with a time of 46.68, followed by Carvellion Horn.

In the 60m hurdles, newcomers Shakeem Smith and David Rivera will take the track at 3:55 p.m. Smith ranks fourth in the league clocking in a time of 8.09.

Three Miners will race in the 3,000m and 5,000m, Antony Kosgei, Cornelius Kapel and Boaz Ronoh. The trio will start the 5,000m on Saturday at 6:55 p.m. and the 3,000m beginning at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday.

In the field events, Etamar Bhastekar ranks tied for first in the league in the pole vault with a leap of 5.20m (17-0.5). Bhastekar will compete at 3 p.m.

Darius King, Donivan Ortega and Devin Mungro will all see action in both the long jump and triple jump. The long jump will start on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the triple jump will begin on Sunday at 10 a.m.

On the women’s side, Senior Lucia Mokrasova will defend her title in the pentathlon starting on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. The Slovakia native will compete in five events in one day, which include the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m. Mokrasova set the school record in the pentathlon last year at the league championships scoring 3,950 points.

Junior Lilian Koech will compete in the mile where she’s ranked first in the league with a season-best time of 4:41.03. Koech will take the track with teammate Linda Cheruiyot at 3 p.m.

A trio of newcomers, Carolyne Chepkosgei, Andrea Lucero and Destiny White will all battle in the 800m trail on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Chepkosgei clocked the fourth-fastest time in C-USA with a time of 2:11.22.

In the field events, Tyler Ragin will compete in the long jump starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by Cierra Chenault in the shot put beginning at 6 p.m.

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The meet will conclude Sunday night and will be available on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. MT.

Live Video Stream Link – Day 1 (Free)

Live Video Stream Link – Day 2 (Free)

Live Stats Link

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