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.
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.
UT El Paso May 3, 2018News, UTEPComments Off on 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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Staff Report April 15, 2017UTEPComments Off on 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.
Staff Report November 28, 2016Sports, UTEPComments Off on UTEP’s Winny Koech Named Conference USA Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year
IRVING, Texas– After an illustrious freshman season, including several individual titles, and a NCAA Championship appearance, Winny Koech was named the Conference USA Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year, as chosen by C-USA head coaches in the league.
This is UTEP’s first female winner since 2012, and the first female freshman since 2009.
Koech garnered four top-three finishes throughout the 2016 campaign, including two individual titles to prove her superb talents.
The standout freshman last competed at the NCAA Championships as the sole individual representative for UTEP on the women’s side. Koech completed her first career NCAA Championships in the top-100 nationally as she cruised in at 92nd place (20:47.8) in the 6K.
Winny Koech is the second female cross country athlete to receive this honor that head coach Paul Ereng has coached since his time at UTEP.
“I think this is a very significant and positive award for UTEP women’s cross country,” UTEP head coach Paul Ereng said. “Winny struggled a little bit at the beginning of the season, but she overpassed that once she gained a psychological boost at the Pre Nationals meet.”
On Oct. 15 at the NCAA Pre Nationals, Koech ran her first 6K of the season to lead the Miners to fourth place. The Iten, Kenya product was the first from the UTEP women’s team to complete the race, to take third place with a time of 20:57.6 in a course of 167 runners.
Koech then stepped on the gas at the C-USA Championships. The champion took gold with a season-best 5K showing of 16:56.6, finishing ahead of second place by nearly 12 seconds. The superlative athlete led the women’s team to clinch third place, improving from last season’s sixth-place conference finish. She was also awarded first team honors and was recognized as the C-USA Freshman of the Meet.
At the NCAA Mountain Regionals Koech crossed the line to take silver overall in a field of nationally ranked competitors in the 6K race. She ran her fastest 6K-time at the regional meet (20.17.1), to keep up with the front-leading pack of runners.
The honoree’s stellar efforts propelled the Miners to a ninth-place finish at regionals. Her second-place readout helped her punch her ticket to the NCAA Championships as an individual; the first female team member to qualify for nationals since 2012.
“For me as coach, I think this is the first of many good things to come.” Ereng said. “From our conference I believe Winny showed leadership. She will only continue to grow and get stronger and mature, so this is something good for her and the program.”