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The UTEP men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to take the field to compete at the NCAA Division I Pre-National Invitational this Saturday.
The Miners are ready to jump back into action, joining 62 men’s teams and 69 women’s teams from across the nation.
Hosted by Louisville, the meet will take place at the E.P. “Tom Sawyer” State Park in Louisville, Ky. The action will start with the men’s 8K Blue race at 7:55 a.m. MT.
Last year’s showing saw the men’s team clinch a sixth-place finish overall with a total of 258 points, just finishing outside the top five by three points to then-ranked No. 13 Indiana (255 points). Junior Antony Kosgei makes his return to national meet after an impressive performance capturing 10th place in a time of 24:13.1. Sophomore Michael Saruni finished 32nd overall clocking a time of 24:35.5.
Freshman Cornelius Kapel will make his debut at the national stage for the Orange and Blue. The freshman showed he can compete at this stage after his performance at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, garnering 26th overall with a time of 25:28.6.
Competing for the women’s team will be Lilian Koech, Winny Koech, Linda Cheruiyot and three freshmen Andrea Lucero, Destiny White and Carolyne Chepkosgei.
Winny Koech boasted an impressive performance at last year’s stint as she led the Miners during her first career 6K race, cruising to a third-place finish with a time of 20:57.6. in a course of 167 runners.
Lilian Koech (21:07.2) and Cheruiyot (21:45.7) also had big performances for the Orange and Blue finishing fifth and 21st, respectively.
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