ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – UTEP freshman Titus Cheruiyot competed in his first collegiate event and raced out to a first-place finish.
Cheruiyot posted a time of 15:17, one second ahead of teammate and second-place finisher sophomore Rodgers Korir at the University of New Mexico Lobo Cross Country Invitational at UNM North Golf Course Saturday morning.
The men’s team finished second overall with a score of 44, while the women finished third with a team score of 74.
“I am pleased on performance of both our men and women cross country teams during our season opener,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “The men’s team got the winner and runner up in the race, and managed to place five athletes in the top 25. It was a great accomplishment and morale booster for the team.”
On the UTEP women’s side, senior Linda Cheruiyot finished third (18:15) as the top Miner, while junior Carolyne Chepkosgei placed fourth (18:22). New Mexico JC’s Flomena Asekol won the women’s race with a time of 17:18.
“The women’s team also did well led by the Conference USA defending champion Linda Cheruiyot who finished 3rd followed closely by Carolyne Chepkosgei and Karoline Daland,” Ereng added. “I believe both teams will build on today performances as we look forward an exciting season a head.”
Sophomore Boaz Ronoh (16:09) finished 11th, junior Cornelius Kapel (16:12) placed 12th and freshman Kayn Quinones (16:26) was 22nd. Sophomore Michael Sims (36th, 17:07), sophomore Cory Calvani (41st, 17:28), junior Allan Ortiz (45th, 17:40), freshman Alek Duran (48th, 17:43) and sophomore Daniel Maes (51st, 18:17) rounded out the UTEP men’s side.
Sophomore Karoline Daland placed 11th with a time of 18:59, while freshmen Joan Kimaiyo (31st, 22:15), Jacquilyn Orozco (39th, 23:37) and Valerie Gonzales (40th, 23:51) rounded out the women’s side.