The UTEP men’s indoor track and field team garnered the No. 9 spot in the country announced by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) on Monday afternoon.
The Miners crack the top 25 for the second time this season after moving up 10 spots from last weeks rankings.
UTEP is the only school from Conference USA to be ranked inside the top 15. The Miners have a calculated team score of 74.42 points.
Freshman Emmanuel Korir leads the squad. Notching the third-fastest time in the country of 1:46.50, registered at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational. Korir holds the fastest-time in school history in the 800 meters.
The distance runner also set a world best in the 600 meters at the Cherry and Silver with a time of 1:14.97.
Fellow freshman, Michael Saruni claims the sixth-fastest time in the 800m finishing closely behind Korir at the New Mexico Classic with a time of 1:46.90.
Sophomore duo, Antony Kosgei and Jonah Koech hold top-50 marks in the country. Koech’s mile run of 4:02.14 ranks No. 41 in the country, while Kosgei’s 3,000m time of 8:04.19 rates 44th.
In the 5,000m, Kosgei set a personal-best 13:50.74 to earn him the 19th best time in the country.
The 4×400 meter relay ranks No. 33 in the nation with a time of 3:10.45 posted at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational. Running the relay were James Bias, Asa Guevara, Jonah Koech and Emmanuel Korir.
The Distance Medley relay team of Michael Saruni (1,200m), Asa Guevara (400m), Emmanuel Korir (800m) and Jonah Koech (1,600m) set the nation’s second-fastest time of 9:31.13. The team notched gold at the Music City Challenge barely nudging out Virginia Tech (19:31.15). Oregon holds the number one spot with a time of 9.30.86.
The UTEP track and field team will head to C-USA Indoor Championship this weekend in Birmingham, Ala.