College Station, Texas – UTEP’s Tobi Amusan, Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni all qualified for the finals in their respective events, Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
“Tobi, Emmanuel and Michael looked very solid and composed in their races,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “I feel very confident for them heading into tomorrow’s finals. They put themselves in great positions and anything is possible.”
Amusan qualified in the 60m hurdles running a time of 8.00 notching the fourth fastest qualifying time. The sophomore will run in Saturday’s final set to start at 5:00 p.m. CT.
In the men’s 800m Saruni and Korir both qualified while running in separate heats. Saruni set an easy pace moving his way through the field in the final stretch to finish second in his heat with a time of 1:48.44. Korir clocked in at 1:47.62 to win the second heat and ran the fastest qualifying time. Both Miners will take the track tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.
Jonah Koech just missed out on the mile run final. The sophomore ran in the first heat which was the fastest of the two, ran a time of 4:01.019 and tied with Thomas Joyce from California who ran 4:01.012 to seal the final qualifying spot.
The distance medley relay team of Asa Guevara, Cosmas Boit, Saruni and Koech finished 11th overall with a time of 9:56.03.
Saturday’s action can be seen on WatchESPN.com or follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter for live updates.