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UTEP Track & Field Completes First Day at Corky Classic

LUBBOCK – The UTEP Track & Field team completed a successful first day at the Texas Tech Corky Classic Friday evening at the Sports Performance Center.

“It was a good first day of competition,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “These results were positive and should set us up going forward this season. I’m looking forward to Saturday’s events.”

Rodgers Korir captured a first-place finish in the 5000m, clocking a time of 15:06.44, while teammate Boaz Ronah was right behind him, recording a time of 15:22.24.

Senior Sean Bailey raced out to a second-place finish in the 600y, recording a time of 1:09.95. Bailey improved his time from last season’s Corky Classic (1:10.07).

Senior Madison Gibson took third in the 200m, clocking a time of 25.01.

UTEP was top-heavy in the men’s 200m, as Davion Bynaum finished in second (21.63). James Flournoy (21.73) and Jevaughn Powell (21.73) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Carolyne Chepkosgei clocked in a personal-best time of 2:52.50 in the 1000m, crossing the finish line second.

In the men’s 1000m, Kenneth Talavera finished in second, clocking a time of 2:31.31. Texas Tech’s Alfred Chawonza edged out Talavera with a time of 2:31.29. Titus Cheruiyot finished in fourth, registering of time of 2:31.51.

Devin Mungro finished with the longest leap in the long jump, recording a 6.90.

The Corky Classic will continue on Saturday; live results are available via this website.

Flyin’ Miners head to Lubbock to open Indoor Season at the Texas Tech Corky Classic

The 2020 indoor season will commence for the UTEP Track & Field team on Friday, January 17 at the Texas Tech Corky Classic at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock.

This season year’s meet is a two-day event continuing through Saturday, Jan. 18.

The Corky Classic will start up Friday afternoon with the field events as the weight throw and pole vault B sections (women followed by men) will start at 4 p.m. CT. The long jump B section will begin at 5 p.m. CT. The running events will start with the women’s 3000m B section run at 5 p.m. CT, while the men will take the course at 5:30 for its 3000m B section competition.

For Saturday, the field events will begin at 11 a.m. CT with the weight throw and pole vault A sections.

Competing for the Miners this weekend on the men’s side are Sean Baily (600y, 4x400m), Davion Bynaum (60m, 200m), Cory Calvani (600m), Titus Cheruiyot (1000m, 3000m), Arturo Ciriza (pole vault), Benjamin Coronado (shot put, weight throw), Alek Duran (1000m, 3000m), James Flournoy (200m, 400m, 4x400m), Cornelius Kapel (1000m, 3000m), Rodgers Korir (3000m, 5000m), Markiet Loggins (high jump), Devin Mungro (long jump, triple jump), Austin Ondijo (high jump), Jevaughn Powell (200m, 4x400m), Kayn Quinones (3000m), Emilio Rios (high jump), Holden Rivera (60m hurdles), Keith Rodriguez (pole vault), Boaz Ronoh (3000m, 5000m), Michael Sims (1000m, mile), Shakeem Smith (60m hurdles, 4x400m), Kenneth Talavera (1000m) and Samuel Zambrano (3000m).

On the women’s side are Geraldy Barron (60m, 200m), Chantoba Bright (long jump, triple jump), Maribel Caicedo (60m hurdles), Cierra Chenault (shot put, weight throw), Carolyne Chepkosgie (800m, 1000m), Linda Cheruiyot (3000m), Samantha Cordier (shot put, weight throw), Aphiniti Crupper (200m, 4x400m), Karoline Daland (1000m), Johna Diggs (60m, 200m), Yasmine George (400m, 4x400m), Madison Gibson (200m, 4x400m), Carshaylah Harrison (60m hurdles), Madeline Jones (60m, 200m), Joan Kimaiyo (3000m), Kayla Larry (shot put, weight throw), Andrea Lucero (1000m), Natalia Roberts (200m, 4x400m) and Sah-Jay Stevens (shot put, weight throw).

UTEP saw success at last year’s event, as Chepkosgei finished in first in the 1000m, notching a person-best time of 2:53.74. Ronoh, Korir and Kapel finished one, two and three, respectively in the 3000m run, while Koncos headed the field in the weight throw, tallying a long-toss of 18.54m.

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Three Miners Qualify for World Championships

Emmanuel Korir, Michael Saruni and Mickael Hanany qualified to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Championships over the weekend.

Running in Nairobi, Kenya, Korir qualified to the 800m final with a time of 1:45.50 in the first heat, Saruni followed with a time of 1:46.10 in the second. In the men’s final, Korir (1:43.86) notched the crown and Saruni took third with a personal best of 1:44.61.

The All-Americans garnered a spot on the Kenya national team which heads to London, England to compete at the World Championships on August 5-8.

Also making his way to London will be former UTEP track and field star Mickael Hanany (France). Hanany took gold at the 2017 Euro Superleague with a leap over 2.26m (7-5) in the high jump. The seven time All-American will compete in his fourth IAAF World Championship.

The Nigerian trails will take place on July 7-8.

For more information on UTEP track and field, follow the Miners on Twitter (@UTEPTrack) and on Instagram (uteptrack).

UTEP’s Amusan Cruises to 100M Hurdles Final

Eugene, Or. – Tobi Amusan’s dazzling sophomore season continues as she earned an automatic qualifying spot in the 100m Hurdles on day two of the NCAA Championships on Thursday evening.

Amusan was tasked with running in the second and most competitive heat of three in the 100m hurdle semifinals. The sophomore clocked the fastest qualifying time of 12.79, beating the likes of Drior Hall (USC) and the 2017 (60m hurdle) NCAA Indoor Champion Sasha Wallace (Oregon).

Last year the Nigerian native finished runner up to Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.84), who also qualified to the final. Amusan will take the track again on Saturday at 5:10 p.m. MT live on ESPN.

Sophomore 800m runner Lilian Koech’s season came to a halt on Thursday evening. The Kenya native clocked a time of 2:09.30 to finish 23rd overall.

Winny Koech’s season also came to an end as she ran a time of 34:51.32 in the 10,000m final on Thursday evening.

Friday’s action will see three Miners compete. Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni will run in the men’s 800m final set to start at 7:45 p.m. live on ESPN. Saruni (1:46.38) and Korir (1:46.63) qualified to the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in tomorrow’s final.

Lucia Mokrasova will also be in action as she will complete the first of four events (100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m dash) of the heptathlon. The heptathlon competition can be viewed on and begins at 1:30 pm.

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

UTEP Track and Field Garner Multiple Regional Awards

The UTEP track and field program received multiple Mountain Region awards for this season announced by the USTFCCA (U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) on Monday.

Emmanuel Korir and was named male Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year, Tobi Amsuan was named female Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year, men’s assistant coach Paul Ereng was named the Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year, women’s assistant coach Lacena Golding-Clarke was named the Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Korir showed incredible talent during the season. He ran the second fastest 800m in collegiate outdoor history (1:43.73). The freshman is just one of three athletes in the world to have run sub-45 in the 400m and sub-1:45 in the 800m. Korir set the school record in both the 400m (44.53) and the 800m (1:43.73).

Korir clocked 1:45.88 at the West Region Preliminaries to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Kenya native will run on Wednesday in the 800m semifinal starting at 7:45 p.m. MT on ESPN2.

Ereng, in his 15th year with the program, has guided an impressive 1-2 punch in the 800m with Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni clocking 1:43.73 and 1:45.82, respectively this season. Korir’s time is the second-fastest in collegiate history and a 44.53 in the 400m, along with a 43.34 4x40m relay split as landed the freshman on The Bowerman watch list. His athletes scored three Conference USA crowns this season.

Amusan set an NCAA Division I West Prelims record in the 100m hurdles with a wind-aided time of 12.57, a time that doubled as the sixth-fastest time in the world in the event on the season. The native of Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria, totaled 24.5 points to help lead the Miners to the program’s first ever outdoor conference title.

The sophomore makers her return to the NCAA Championships after placing runner-up last year. Amusan will compete in the semifinals for the 100m hurdles on Thursday at 6:32 p.m. on ESPN2.

Golding-Clarke, in her sixth year with the program, guided Tobi Amusan to an NCAA Division I West Prelim victory in the 100m hurdles with a wind-aided time of 12.57. Amusan also totaled 24.5 points at the C-USA Championships to help the Miners claim the team title, thanks in large part to Golding-Clarke’s guidance.

Both coaches were important to helping seven individuals and the men’s 4x400m relay team qualify to the NCAA Championships held at Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Ore., starting June 7-10.

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

Miner Three-Peat! UTEP Women Capture Third Conference USA Title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UTEP’s women track and field team completed the three-peat capturing the Conference USA title, after a close battle with Rice at the Crossplex Center.

The Miners finished with 113 points, while Rice totaled 110 points.

“It’s very special. We followed our plan and the girls performed at their best,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “The senior class really deserved this and they worked really hard. It’ll be tough to replace them next year.

Laaksonen was awarded C-USA Coach of the Year.

Tobi Amusan led the way scoring 25 team points. The sophomore ran a meet record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.01 notching 10 team points. Amusan captured gold in the 200m posting a time of 23.35 adding another 10 points. The sprinter placed fourth in the long jump on Saturday to earn five points.

Amusan was named the High Point Scorer of the Meet.

Teammate Rebecca Oshinbanjo captured bronze with a time of 8.70 in the 60m hurdles.

Senior Florence Uwakwe garnered 10 team points in three events. In the 60 meters (7.57) she earned a sixth-place showing for three points and fourth place in the 200m (23.94) for five points. Uwakwe ran the second leg in the 4x400m relay  (3:39.87), which helped capture the conference title with six points.

In the 3,000m run, Winny Koech captured silver after posting a time of 9:34.23, giving the team eight points. Linda Cheruiyot added five points after notching a fourth-place finish.

In the field events, Israel Ramsay and Samantha Hall combined for 14 crucial points. Ramsay leaped 1.74m (5-8.50) in the high jump to earn second place. Hall competed in a very tough shot put field but garnered a bronze medal after throwing 14.90m (48-10.75).

Heading into the final event, UTEP and Rice were tied at 105 points each. The Miners 4x400m relay of Dreshanae Rolle, Uwakwe, Imani Adams and Ada Benjamin were placed in the third and final heat. Rice went in the first heat with a time of 3:48.06.  After a shaky handoff between Rolle and Uwakwe the team recovered pushing through to finish second overall.

On men’s side, the team finished fifth overall with a total of 74 points.

Michael Saruni and Jonah Koech won gold and bronze in the mile run. Saruni trailed most of the way and used a last minute kick to finish with a time of 4:03.32. Koech paced the entire race in front running 4:04.93. Saruni returned in the 800m (1:50.47) earning his second gold medal and scored a total of 20 points in two events.

In the 400 meters Asa Guevara ran a new personal-best 46.94 to take home the bronze medal for six points. James Bias finished sixth overall with a time of 47.82, earning three team points.

Cosmas Boit (8:22.83) and Antony Kosgei (8:26.37) ran in the 3,000m finishing fourth and fifth. Boit and Kosgei combined for nine team points.

The men’s 4x400m relay team of Alejandro Alcazar, Bias, Esteban Montanez and Guevara ran a time of 3:15.31. The team finished sixth place overall and added three points.

NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11. Student-athletes now await the final national performance lists next week to see who will qualify for the annual NCAA event.

UTEP Track & Field Shine At Multiple Meets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The UTEP men’s distance medley relay team set the school record while posting the nation’s second-fastest time (9:31.13) Friday night at the Music City Challenge.

The race started with Michael Saruni (2:53.2) in the 1200m run. Up next came Asa Guevara (47.6) in the 400m, who passed the baton to Emmanuel Korir (1:46.9) in the 800m. Anchoring the relay was Jonah Koech (4:03.6) in the 1600m. UTEP just edged out Virginia Tech (9:31.15) in a photo finish.

SEATTLE, Wash. Antony Kosgei and Winny Koech set personal bests in the 5,000m at the Husky Classic.

Kosgei ran the nation’s 10th-fastest time in the nation with a time of  13:50.74 notching a first place finish. Teammate Koech notched 17th overall with a personal best 16:17.08.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Several Miners set personal bests to highlight the action for members of the UTEP Track & Field team Friday night at the Don Kirby Invitational.

Setting the bar high for herself, Florence Uwakwe notched a first-place finish in the 60 meter qualifying round with a time of 7.51.

In the weight throw Fayon Gonzales earned a ninth-place showing with a throw of 17.83m (58-06.00). Teammate Adebola Akomolafe placed 21st overall with a toss of 16.32m (53-06.50).

Rebecca Oshinbanjo earned a spot in 60 hurdles semifinals with a time of 8.68. Lucia Mokrasova finished 21st overall with a season best time of 8.85.

Ada Benjamin clinched bronze with a season-best 1:33.24 in the 600m. Imani Adams notched 13th with a time of 1:40.38.

On the men’s side, Donivan Ortega and Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin finished first and second, respectively, in their heats in the 200 meters. Ortega set his personal best with a time of 22.17 and Oyebanjo-Odofin at 22.72.

James Bias and Brandon Moss both finished in 13th in their respective events. Bias ran 6.97 in the 60 meters, while Moss leaped out to 7.19m (23-07.25) in the long jump.

The Miners return to action Saturday to wrap-up the regular season.

Follow @UTEPTrack on twitter for live updates.

Flyin’ Miners Return to Albuquerque for New Mexico Classic

After a bye week the UTEP track team return to the Albuquerque Convention Center this Friday and Saturday to compete in the New Mexico Classic.

This will be one of the largest meet in terms of entries for the Miners. Teams competing include USC, Texas, Texas Tech and Ole Miss.

Getting the action Friday at 4 p.m. MT in the women’s weight throw will be Adebola Akomolafe, Cierra Chenault and Fayon Gonzales. Tobi Amusan will compete in both the long jump at 4:30 p.m. and 200m. Amusan ran a season-best 23.56 at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, which is ranked 16th in the nation. Israel Ramsay will be the lone Miner in the high jump.

In the first running event Rebbecca Oshibanjo will look to earn a spot in the semifinals in the 60m hurdles. Ana Molinar and Florence Uwakwe will compete in the 60m dash shortly after.

In the long distance race Gladys Jerotich and Kayla Pallares compete in the 3,000m run.  In the mile run Linda Cheruiyot and Winny Koech and Truphena Sum run for the Miners.

On the men’s side, freshman Connor Graham will get things started in the pole vault at 4 p.m. Donivan Ortega pulls double shifts in the triple jump and the long jump with Brandon Moss joining him in the latter. The Miners will have two throwers in the weight throw with Karol Kroncos and Kevin Rincon competing. In the high jump Austin Ondijo will be the Miner competing.

The 200m dash will feature James Bias and Asa Guevara competing in the one day final. In the 3,000m run Daniel Cheruiyot will look to improve his time after setting a personal best earlier this season at the Commodore Invitational.

Saturday’s schedule begins at 10 a.m. with the women’s shot put featuring Samantha Hall and Lucia Makrasova for the Miners. Tyler Ragin will compete in the long jump, the only Miner in the field.

Freshman sensation Emmanuel Korir returns to the convention center after setting a world best in the 600m (1:14.97). Korir will race in the 800m, where he holds the nations fastest collegiate time this season.

Jonah Koech will compete in both the 800m and the mile run along with Cosmas Boit.

The meet will be streamed (behind a paywall) on FloTrack and can be viewed using the following link or you can follow along with live stats being posted on

Flyin’ Miners Prepped for Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational

The UTEP track team will take the short trek up I-25 to compete in the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational at the Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday and Saturday.

UTEP will be competing against 18 other schools from around the country. The competition will include the likes of Texas, Stanford and San Diego State.

Connor Graham will start things off on the men’s side Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. MT in the pole vault. In other field events, Austin Ondijio will be competing in the high jump and Kevin Rincon will have a go in the weight throw.

In the first running event, James Bias and Asa Guevara will look to earn a spot in the 60m finals at 4:45 p.m. on Friday. Last week, Bias clocked in a personal best of 6.90. In the 3,000m run Cosmas Boit and Antony Kosgie will lead the Miners after notching silver and bronze last week in Nashville, Tenn.

After being named U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track Athlete of the Week for his performance in the 800m at the Commodore Invitational, Emmanuel Korir will look to have another stellar run this time in the 600m Friday Night. Joining him will be fellow freshman Michael Saruni, who finished second behind Korir last week in the 800m.

On the women’s side, Fayon Gonzales and Adebola Akomolafe will start the first field event in the weight throw at 4 p.m. on Friday. Lucia Mokrasova will compete in both the high jump (Friday) and the shot put (Saturday).

Tobi Amusan returns in the 60m hurdles after running the eighth fastest time in the nation at the Commodore Invitational.  Prelims are set for 4:25 p.m. on Friday with the top 16 athletes moving on to the semifinals on Saturday and the top eight running the final set for 12:55 p.m.

The Miners will have Ana Molinar and Tyler Ragin competing in the 60m prelims Friday afternoon following the men. Ada Benjamin and Amusan will run the 200m finals set for 7:20 p.m.

In the long distance races Kayla Pallares, Winny Koech and Gladys Jerotich will run in the 3,000m which is the last event on Friday.  Linda Cheruiyot and Truphena sum will compete at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday in the mile run.

The 4x400m relays will close out the meet on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.

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