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UTEP Cross Country to compete at NCAA Mountain Region Championships

The UTEP Cross Country team will hit the road to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete at the 2019 NCAA Mountain Region Championships Friday, November 15 hosted by The University of Utah.

“The Mountain Region is one of the most competitive and toughest regions in the country,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “Most regions will bring two teams to the NCAA National Championships [Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, In.], but the Mountain Region will bring like six men’s teams and about five women’s teams. It’s a very intense competition. The top distance runners come from that region, I believe because they’re residents in the mountains and the high altitude helps.”

The men’s 10K race will begin at noon MT. Making the trip for the men’s squad is Cory Calvani, Titus Cheruiyot, Cornelius Kapel, Rodgers Korir, Kayn Quinones, Boaz Ronoh, Michael Sims and Kenneth Talavera.

The women’s 6K will set off at 11 a.m. MT. Competing for the women are Carolyne Chepkosgei, Linda Cheruiyot, Karoline Daland, Joan Kimaiyo, Winny Koech, Andrea Lucero and Jacquilyn Orozco.

The women’s field could have up to 20 teams competing for the NCAA regional title. At last year’s NCAA Mountain Regional, New Mexico won the event, while Colorado finished in second place. BYU, Southern Utah, and Air Force rounded out the top five teams from a year ago.

To get a look at the regional rankings so far in 2019, click here.

The men’s region also contains 18 squads that may travel to Salt Lake City for this year’s regional. Northern Arizona won the 2018 NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Provo last season to edge out the meet hosts, BYU, who finished in second. Colorado, Colorado State, and Southern Utah finished as the other top-five teams in the event.

To see where the men’s teams rank in the Mountain Region in 2019, click here.

The Miners recently competed at the Conference USA Championships in Bowling Green, Ky., on Nov. 2. Koech, who placed in second place with a time of 17:03.76 in the 5K, was named the Outstanding Senior of the event. On the other side, Cheruiyot, who registered a third-place finish in the 8K (23:58.64) earned the Freshman of the Meet honor.

Korir (24:06.65) finished in sixth place, while the women’s team had a trio of top 10 finishers – Cheruiyot (17:08.60) placed fourth, while Chepkosgei (17:20.77) finished in seventh place.


UTEP Cross Country Women, Winny Koech finish Fourth

TERRE HAUTE, In. – The UTEP Cross Country team completed the Under Armour Pre-National Invitational as the women’s team (227 points) finished fourth out of 26 programs in the women’s 6K white event.

The Miners were led by senior Winny Koech (20:50.3), who placed fourth out of 169 competing runners Saturday morning at LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

UTEP star freshman Titus Cheruiyot finished 13th, clocking a time of 23:43.7 in the men’s 8K blue event.

“The women’s team ran well in the white section led by Winny Koech in the fourth position, Linda Cheruiyot in eighth and Carolyne Chepkosgei in 16th. We managed to place three runners in top 20,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “Karoline Daland was fourth for the Miners in the 53rd position followed by Joan Kimaiyo 146 out of the 176 runners. Andrea Lucero came in sixth for the Miners in the 162 position while Jacquelyn Orozco came in seventh for the Miners in the 165 position.”

Rounding out the women’s side was Linda Cheruiyot (21:11.9) placing eighth, while Carolyne Chepkosgei (21:26.8) finished 16th. San Francisco’s Aoibhe Richardson won the women’s white race. Arizona (121 points) won the overall women’s white race.

The men’s squad finished 31st overall in the men’s blue race. BYU (81 points) won the overall men’s event, led by Conner Mantz (23:20.8), who won the individual title for the Cougars.

Up next,the Miners will compete at the Conference USA Championships in Bowling Green, Ky. (WKU) Nov. 2. The women’s team will defend its 2018 C-USA title

UTEP Cross Country to compete at Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational Friday

The UTEP cross country squad will take the field at the 64th Annual Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational Friday, Oct. 4 at the University of Norte Dame Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana.

Friday’s event will the third for the Miners this season, who most recently captured the men’s and women’s titles at the Lori Fitzgerald Memorial September 13.

The UTEP men’s team will compete in the Gold Race in a 5-mile competition.

The Miners will go against Akron, Auburn, Cal State Fullerton, Calvin, Clemson, Hilldale College, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana State, IUPUI, Kansas State, LSU, Massachusetts-Amherst, Miami (Ohio), Oakland, Fort Wayne, Stephen F. Austin, Utah Valley, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Youngstown State.

The Men’s Gold Division race will start at 4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. MT. Racing for the men will be Cory Calvani, Titus Cheruiyot, Cornelius Kapel, Rodgers Korir, Kayn Quinones, Boaz Ronoh, Michael Sims and Kenneth Talavera.

The UTEP women will take part in the Gold Race in a 5,000-meter competition.

The Miners will compete against Akron, Belmont, Cal State Fullerton, Calvin, Central Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Kentucky, Hillsdale College, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, IUPUI, Kansas State, LSU, Miami (Ohio), Nebraska-Omaha, Fort Wayne, Southern Miss, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wyoming and Youngstown State.

The Women’s Gold Division race will start at 3:15 p.m. ET/1:15 MT. Participating for the women will be Carolyne Chepkosgei, Linda Cheruiyot, Karoline Daland, Joan Kimaiyo, Winny Koech and Jacquilyn Orozco.

Live results will be available online, while the course map can be found here.

UTEP’s Winny Koech places first, Leads Women to Team Title; Rodgers Korir wins Men’s Race

UTEP’s Winny Koech crossed the finish line first, registering a time of 16:40.53 as the senior led the cross country women to the team title.

On the men’s side, sophomore Rodgers Korir won the individual title, clocking in a time of 19:29.14 at Chamizal National Memorial Park Friday evening.

“The team competed very well today – both men and women,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “With this being our second meet, we’re still working on where we want to be. We still have a couple of more races to get ready for conference.”

The UTEP women claimed the overall team title in the 4.7KM with 35 points, while EPCC placed second (46 points). Junior Carolyne Chepkosgei finished fourth (17:04.85), senior Linda Cheruiyot (17:14.67) crossed the finish line in fifth and sophomore Karoline Daland placed seventh (17:27.59).

Freshmen Joan Kimaiyo (18th – 19:41.78), Jacquilyn Orozco (23rd – 20:41.36) and Valerie Gonzalez (25th – 21:27.64) rounded out the field for UTEP.

The UTEP men placed second overall (38 points) behind EPCC (27 points) in the 6.4KM. Freshman Titus Cheruiyot finished third, clocking in a time of 19:47.13, while sophomore Boaz Ronoh (20:44.10) placed eighth. Freshman Kenneth Talavera (20:47.59) finished 10th, and junior Cornelius Kapel (21:13.38) placed 16th.

Freshman Kayn Quinones (17th – 21:30.80), sophomore Michael Sims (20th – 21:47.58), sophomore Cory Calvani (27th – 22:36.48), sophomore Daniel Maes (30th – 23:22.61), freshman Alek Duran (31st – 23:31.91) and junior Allan Ortiz (36th – 25:01.24) rounded out the UTEP men’s side.

UTEP will compete at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 4 in South Bend, Ind.

UTEP Women’s Cross Country picked First in C-USA Preseason Polls

2018 Conference USA Women’s Cross Country Champion UTEP was named the preseason favorite in this year’s C-USA Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

“This is great of our UTEP Cross Country program,” Ereng said. “The Miners ladies won their first ever title last year and it is fantastic all the coaches in the league have faith they will repeat again. I know our ladies are hardworking and are prepared to take the challenge of flying the Miners’ colors high again.”

Last season, the Miners won their first conference title in program history, taking four of the top seven spots in the women’s 5K.

Five runners from the champion squad – 2018 individual champion Linda Cheruiyot, Carolyne Chepkosgei, Winny Koech, Karoline Daland and Andrea Lucero – return this season led by reigning Coach of the Year Paul Ereng.

The Miners open the 2019 season at the Lobo Invitational Aug. 31 in Albuquerque, N.M. UTEP will then host the Lori Fitzgerald at Chamizal Memorial National Park Sept. 13.

The men (6.4K) will start at 6 p.m., while the women (4.7K) will begin their race at 6:45 p.m. Following the home meet, the Miners will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the Joe Piane Norte Dame Invitational Oct. 4.

The C-USA Championships will be hosted by WKU in Bowling Green, Ky., November 2.

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Koech Earns C-USA Athlete of the Week

Junior Winny Koech garnered Conference USA Female Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honors, the league announced on Tuesday.

The distance runner registered a personal-best time of 33:35.68 in the 10K at the highly-competitive MT. SAC Relays. Koech currently ranks 26th nationally and first in C-USA in the 10K. The junior also checks in fourth all-time in program history.

This is Koech’s first athlete of the week honor this season.

The Miners will be back in action on Saturday at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Az.

Miners Set to Compete at the NCAA Championships

Juniors Linda Cheruiyot and Winny Koech head to Madison, Wisconsin, to compete at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

The women’s 6K race is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. MT at the Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

Cheruiyot comes into the championship meet after clocking in a personal-best time of 20:05.1 in the 6K at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

The distance runner claimed the individual crown at the Conference USA Championships and led the women’s team to a team title. Cheruiyot posted six top-three finishes this season.

Koech earned a spot at the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. The junior was named the C-USA Female Athlete of the Week three times this season and posted a silver finish at the C-USA Championships.

Koech finished 13th overall at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, posting a time of 20:10.1.

The 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be streamed live on Live stats will also be available online.

Two Miners Punch Ticket to NCAA Championships

Provo, Utah – Juniors Linda Cheruiyot and Winny Koech earned a spot at the NCAA Championships on Friday after finishing in the top 15 at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Mountain Region Championships.

“I am very proud of both the men and women’s teams for competing at the regional championships,” head coach Paul Ereng said. “The women’s team again performed very well, managing to advance Cheruiyot and Koech, who will represent our institution at the national championships.”

Cheruiyot clocked in a personal best of 20:05.1 in the 6K, finishing 10th in the competitive field. This marks the first time that the distance runner has advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Koech punched her ticket to the national meet for the third straight year. The last Miner to make three appearances at the national meet was Risper Kimaiyo (2009-2012). Koech finished 13th out of 136 runners with a time of 20:10.1.

Carolyne Chepkosgei was the third Miner to cross the finish line, taking 33rd place with a time of 20:57.0.

Rounding out the women’s team were sophomore’s Andrea Lucero and Destiny White.

The young men’s team finished three runners in the top 70 out of 120 competitors.

Sophomore Cornelius Kapel was the Miners’ top runner, posting a personal-best time of 30:55.0 in the 10K.

Freshmen Boaz Ronoh (30:57.4) and Rodgers Korir (31:10.8) followed, finishing 59th and 67th overall, respectively.

Also taking the course was senior Antony Kosgei (32:32.6), freshman Isaiah Page (34:28.8), freshman Michael Sims (35:50.1) and freshman Daniel Maes (37:03.7).

Both teams finished 13th overall at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

Cheruiyot and Koech will close out the cross country season at the national meet in Madison, Wisconsin, on November 17.

Miners Head to C-USA Championships

The Miners are headed to Boca Raton, Fl., to compete in the 2018 Air Force Reserve Cross Country Championships at the Burt Aaronson South Country Regional Park on Saturday.

The women’s team will be competing in the 5K, starting at 6:30 a.m. MT. The men’s team will follow in the 8K at approximately 7:15 a.m. MT.

Winny Koech, heads into the race ranked 22nd in the 2018 FloXC Women’s Individual Rankings. The junior has claimed three meet titles this season and earned a trio of C-USA Female Athlete of the Week honors. She clocked in a personal-best time of 20:00.9 in the 6K at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. Koech registered a season best of 16:53.25 at the Joe Piane Invitational in the 5K.

Also highlighting the women’s team is junior Linda Cheruiyot. She rates 23rd in the FloXC rankings. Cheruiyot crossed the finish line with a personal-best 16:51.54 at the Joe Piane Invitational, earning C-USA Female Athlete of the Week recognition.

Rounding out the squad is Carolyne Chepkosgei and Lilian Koech. Chepkosgei posted a personal best of 17:08.36 at the Joe Piane Invitational, taking fourth overall. Koech registered two second-place finishes at the Lobo Invitational and Lori Fitzgerald Open.

On the men’s side, Rodgers Korir had a stellar showing at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. The freshman notched C-USA Male Athlete of the Week with a personal best of 24:12.9 in the 8K.

Cornelius Kapel and Boaz Ronoh will look to continue improving. Kapel posted a personal record of 24:24.6 in the 8K run at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. Ronoh garnered C-USA Male Athlete of the Week honors after crossing the finish line third at the Joe Piane Invitational.

The women’s team has never won a conference title. The closest the Miners have come is second in 2009. The men’s team claimed back-to-back conference titles in 2015 and 2016.

For live results follow @uteptrack on Twitter.

UTEP Cross Country Sweeps C-USA Athletes of the Week

IRVING, Texas – UTEP’s Winny Koech and Rodgers Korir earned Conference USA Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors presented by Top of the World Headwear, the league office announced Tuesday.

Koech was named the C-USA Female Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. The junior ran a personal-best time of 20:00.09 in the 6K run at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. She clocked in a first-place finish in a field of 209 runners.

Koech paced the women’s team to an overall second-place showing.

Korir garnered his first career C-USA Male Athlete of the Week. The freshman clocked in a personal best of 24:12.9 in the 8K at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational.

Korir claimed a 12th-place finish out of 176 runners.

The Orange and Blue will head to Boca Raton, Fla., on October 27 to run at the Conference USA Championships.

Winny Koech Takes First at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational

Sunnyvale, Ca. – Junior Winny Koech was the Miners top finisher, winning her third title this season at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Saturday morning.

Koech clocked in a personal best of 20:00.9 in the women’s 6K run, helping the women’s team finish third overall in a field that included 24 teams.

Teammate Linda Cheruiyot posted a second-place finish with a personal best of 20:08.5. Also crossing the finish line with a personal best is Carolyne Chepkosgei with a mark of 20:19.5.

Senior Lilian Koech recorded a time of 20:40.5 finishing 12th overall in the field that included 209 runners.

On the men’s side, freshman Rodgers Korir registered a personal-best time of 24:12.9 in the 8K race taking 12th overall.

Freshman Boaz Ronoh took 23rd with a personal best of 24:20.0. Teammate Cornelius Kapel also recorded a stellar time of 24:24.6 claiming a 28th-place finish.

The Miners will be back on the course on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Conference USA Championships in Boca Raton, Fl.

Koech Garners C-USA Athlete of the Week

Junior Winny Koech was named the Conference USA Cross Country Women’s Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

The distance runner claimed first place at the Lobo Invitational on Saturday. The Kenya native clocked in a time of 17:42.7 in the collegiate 5K run. The women’s team finished first, second, third, fourth and 24th, securing a team score of 24 points.

This is the second C-USA Athlete of the Week honor for Koech. Last season, Koech received All-American honors after a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

The Miners will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 when they co-host the Lori Fitzgerald Open in Las Cruces, N.M.

UTEP Honors Hernandez, Koech as Athletes of the Year at “Dinner With the Miners”

Football’s Will Hernandez and Cross Country/Track & Field’s Winny Koech were named the UTEP Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, at the 44th annual “Dinner With the Miners” banquet on Thursday night at the Wyndham El Paso Airport.

Softball’s Courtney Clayton received the Golden Miner Award, presented to UTEP’s top all-around senior student-athlete based on athletics, academics and community service.

Hernandez is the only Miner since 1950 to receive Associated Press All-American honors in back-to-back years.  The left guard garnered second team recognition in both 2016 and 2017.  His senior year accolades also included first team All-American by Pro Football Focus and second team All-American by CBS Sports.

A starter in all 49 games with the Miners, Hernandez is the only offensive lineman in school history to garner first team All-Conference recognition in consecutive years.  Following the 2017 campaign, Hernandez was invited to the NFL Combine, Reese’s Senior Bowl and State Farm All-Star Football Challenge.  The Las Vegas was chosen by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

FILE: Winny Koech | Courtesy UTEP Athletics

A junior from Iten, Kenya, Koech won two titles at the 2017 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, presiding over the field in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.  She later represented UTEP in the 10,000 at the NCAA Championships.

Koech continued to shine during the 2017 cross country season, opening the campaign by garnering back-to-back first-place finishes at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational and NMSU Kachina Classic.  She took second at the C-USA Meet.  She qualified for the NCAA Championships, claiming 19th place and All-American honors while running the 6K race in 19:53.7.

This spring, Koech was the Conference USA runner-up indoors in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.  It marked the second consecutive year that she earned first team All-League honors.

Clayton has excelled on the playing field and in the classroom, while making a difference in the community as well during her time at UTEP.  The softball standout has started all 205 games for the Miners, batting .359 with 51 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs and 115 runs batted in.

This year the senior from Cornelius, Ore. leads the Miners with a .394 average, 13 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 28 RBI.  She is first in Conference USA in triples while ranking second in total bases and third in batting average.  She ranks second in school history in doubles and triples, third in batting average, and fourth in home runs and RBI.

In the field, Clayton is the UTEP record-holder with 385 assists.  She was appointed the 2016 Conference USA Player of the Year.  Clayton has earned numerous academic honors with the Miners including a four-time recipient of a C-USA Medal for posting a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

She is also a two-time member of the C-USA Softball All-Academic Team.  Clayton’s 56.5 community service hours lead all UTEP senior student-athletes.

The grade point average award was presented to the tennis team, and the community service award went to softball.
In addition, team MVP awards were presented to Omega Harris (men’s basketball), Tamara Seda (women’s basketball), Antony Kosgei (men’s cross country), Winny Koech (women’s cross country), Michael Saruni (men’s indoor track & field), Lilian Koech (women’s indoor track & field), Emmanuel Korir (men’s outdoor track & field), Tobi Amusan (women’s outdoor track & field), Will Hernandez (football), Charles Corner (men’s golf), Lily Downs(women’s golf), Bailey Powell (rifle), Lauren Crenshaw (soccer), Courtney Clayton (softball), Erandi Martinez(tennis), Macey Austin (volleyball), Javier Aguilar & Shelby Nava (Cheerleading), Asa Guevera & Tamara Seda(strength & conditioning) and Larry Felix (athletic training).

“Dinner With The Miners” is made possible by the El Paso Downtown Lions Club. The event was inspired by past Lion president John Phelan. In 1979, a $10,000 memorial endowment was established.

Due to the overwhelming community support of the event, the memorial fund was raised to $100,000 in 1983. A second endowment has already been established and continues to grow each year. These two endowments provide funds annually to offset the cost of student-athlete scholarships.

Winny Koech Earns All-America at NCAA Championship

Louisville, Ky – UTEP’s Winny Koech finished the 2017 season with a top-20 finish at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, early Saturday morning.

Koech ran a personal-best 6K time of 19:53.7 to finish 19th overall in a competitive field of 255 runners. The Kenya native improved from last year’s showing when she finished 92nd with a time of 20:47.8.

Finishing in the top-40 earned her first career All-American honor and is the first Miner to receive first team honors since Risper Kimaiyo (2012) who finished fifth overall.

Keoch led the Miners in each race this year with notable performances at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (16:55.6/27th), Adidas DI Pre-Nationals (20:03.3/10th), she registered a second-place showing at the league championships with a time of 16:38.6 and notched a fourth-place finishing at the NCAA Mountain Regional Meet.

Fans can follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and on Instagram for live updates and results.

Winny Koech Has Strong Showing at Mt. SAC Relays

Torrance, Ca. – Sophomore Winny Koech posted the fourth-fastest time (33:51.31) in program history in the 10,000m to highlight the action for the UTEP track and field team on the opening day of the Mt. SAC Relays.

Koech showed her competitiveness in the first 10,000m run of the outdoor season. Competing in the open elite invitational, which places amongst some of the best college and professional talent, the sophomore raced to a third-place finish.

Running in the 10,000m open, Gladys Jerotich finished with the eighth-fastest time (36:26.07) in program history to earn 29th overall.

On the men’s side, Daniel Cheruiyot competed in the 3,000m steeplechase. He grabbed 14th overall with a time of 9:03.31. That is the second-fastest time in C-USA this year.

Antony Kosgei ran in the 10,000m invitational elite. He clocked in at 30:25.77 for a 49th-place finish. It is the second-fastest-time in C-USA this season.

The Miners return to action April 22nd for the UTEP Invitational. For live updates follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.

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