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LUBBOCK – The UTEP men’s cross-country team finished third in the 4-mile event, and the UTEP women placed third in the 5K in the 2021 season opener at the TTU Open at LCU Golf Course on Saturday morning.
“I am proud. Both the men and women did well today in our season opener,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “The men finished third out of 12 teams by placing two athletes in the top 11. The women also finished third out of 11 teams and placing two Miners in the top four out of 91 runners.”
Ruth Jerubet, in her Miners cross-country debut, crossed the finish line third on the women’s side with a time of 18:04.20, while Karoline Daland was behind her with a fourth-place showing (18:11.20). Carolyne Chepkosgei placed 12th, while Joan Kimaiyo, Andrea Lucero, Victoria Ovalles and Jacquilyn Orozco rounded out the ladies.
Maxwell Kipkosgei, in his first collegiate cross-country event, finished as the top Miner on the men’s side with a time of 20:01.60. Kenneth Talavera (20:22.00) finished 11th. Rodgers Korir, Juan Olmos, Gabriel Armijo, Michael Sims and Yusuf Mohamud rounded out the gentlemen.
El Paso natives and Eastwood High School graduates Armijo and Olmos made their UTEP debuts after the pair transferred from the University of Houston.
West Texas A&M won the men’s 4-mile race with a score of 60, while host Texas Tech and UTEP each finished with 76 points. The Red Raiders (1:42:01.40), however, edged out the Miners (1:42:09:00) on total time for a second-place finish. Texas Tech’s Edward Rush won the men’s 4-mile event with a time of 19:38.60.
In the women’s 5K, West Texas A&M finished first with a score of 46, while Texas Tech placed second with 61 points. West Texas A&M’s Florance Uwajeneza won the women’s 5K with a time of 17:26.60.
Up next, UTEP will compete at the 35th Annual Lori Fitzgerald Memorial in Las Cruces, N.M., on Saturday, Sept. 18.