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UTEP’s Cosmas Boit Garners C-USA Male Athlete of the Week

Cosmas Boit was named Conference USA Cross Country Male Athlete of the Week for his stellar performance at the NCAA Pre Nationals on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

To conclude the regular season, the exceptional senior was the first Miner to cross the line at ninth place with an 8K time of 24:12.00 out of 263 runners. In a nationally ranked field, Boit’s efforts pushed the Orange and Blue to place in the top-ten at sixth place overall with 264 points.

“Cosmas being named C-USA Athlete of the Week is a wonderful accomplishment,” head coach Paul Ereng said. “It is great for both Cosmas and the men’s cross country team.”

 UTEP surpassed two other nationally ranked teams, then ranked No. 15 Eastern Kentucky (22nd place, and then ranked No. 7 Portland (23rd place).

This is the Kenyan native’s second C-USA weekly honor of the 2016 season and his third honor of his career at UTEP.

The Miners are currently ranked at No. 21 as of Oct. 18, as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

 With the regular season wrapped up, UTEP cross country will face off against fellow conference opponents at the Conference USA Championships in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 29.

UTEP Men’s XC Clinch Sixth Place at Pre Nationals

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.– The UTEP men’s cross country team clinched a sixth-place finish overall at Pre Nationals in a field of 41 teams, eight of which were ranked inside the top-30 of the nation.

No. 4 Oregon took gold with 85 points, No. 5 Arkansas followed with 110 points, while No. 6 Colorado took bronze with 124 points. No. Michigan (200 points) came in fourth-place, and No. 13 Indiana secured fifth (255 points) to edge out UTEP (258 points) by only three points.

The Orange and Blue surpassed two other nationally ranked teams, No. 7 Portland (753 points) and No. 15 Eastern Kentucky (604 points) who finished 22nd.

Senior Cosmas Boit was the first Miner to cross the line at ninth-place with an 8K time of 24:12.00 in a field of 263 runners. Sophomore Antony Kosgei displayed an impressive performance as he followed right behind Boit nearly one second after past the finish to seize 10th place in 24:13.1. This has been the second consecutive 8K event where Kosgei has been the second finisher from UTEP.

Freshman Michael Saruni was the third finisher for the Miners as he dashed to a 32nd-place showing in 24:35.5. Daniel Cheruiyot (25:04.6) trailed in 72nd-place followed by the fifth runner for UTEP, Evans Kiprono (139th) who ran his 8K in 25:33.0.

Freshman Emmanuel Korir rounded out the Miners’ efforts in his first Pre Nationals event of his career. Korir registered an 8K time of 25:48.4 to come in at 173rd.

The UTEP women’s cross country team amassed a fifth-place team finish overall in the women’s 6K white race with 182 points.

Freshman Winny Koech boasted an impressive performance as she led the Miners during her first career 6K race. Koech was the first from the UTEP women’s team to complete the race, cruising in at third place with a time of 20:57.6 in a course of 167 runners.

The pair of stellar underclassmen Lilian Koech (21:07.2) and Linda Cheruiyot (21:45.7) finished fifth and 21st, respectively. Lilian Koech registered a personal-best 6K time as well.

Gladys Jerotich also achieved a personal-best 6K time of 22:03.0 as she finished in 34th place. Kayla Pallares (124th) was the fifth runner for the women’s team, clocking a finishing time of 23:26.7 during her first 6K while running with UTEP.

Closing up the women’s efforts were Truphena Sum (131st) who notched a finishing time of 23:37.3, and Veronica Alvarez in 25:36.0.

The Miners have a two-week hiatus to prepare for Conference USA Championships in Charlotte, N.C. at the end of the month on Oct. 29.

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