File: UTEP CrossCountry | Photo UTEP / Michael P. Reese
The UTEP men’s cross country team has jumped to No. 12 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association top-30 poll after a stellar performance at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational this past weekend.
The Miners made big strides after claiming second-place in the Notre Dame Invitational to improve six spots from No. 18 to No. 12 in the nation. They garnered 213 total points in the week four poll.
During the weekend’s event, the Orange and Blue took silver with 99 points after Ole Miss’s 83 points for first. The Miners knocked off Eastern Kentucky (then ranked No. 9) who finished third with 168 points.
The men’s team has been led by sophomore Jonah Koech who was first from the Miners to cross the line at Notre Dame for fifth-place last weekend. Sophomore Antony Kosgei is another main contributor to the Miners’ efforts. Kosgei finished seventh at Notre Dame and has two other top-10 finishes under his belt this season.
Other major components of the ranked team are Cosmas Boit, Evans Kiprono, Daniel Cheruiyot, and up-and-coming freshmen Michael Saruni and Emmaneul Korir. Saruni clinched 28th place in his first 8K meet at Notre Dame.
As the competition level rises the men’s team continues to prove their superlative efforts. The Miners will carry this No. 12 ranking with them to Terre Haute, Ind., next weekend where they’ll compete in the NCAA Pre Nationals on Oct. 15. As this week’s rankings show, eight of the top-20 men’s teams in the nation will be at this meet.