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UTEP T&F Completes Don Kirby Tailwind Open with Eight First-Place Showings Thursday

The UTEP track and field team finished its one-day meet with eight first-place finishes at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open hosted by New Mexico at Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium on Thursday.

Jevaughn Powell captured first place in the men’s 200-meter dash, clocking in a personal-best 20.33 (2.6). Powell’s time tops Conference USA’s current leader Davonye Jones (20.46 [5.8]).

Dennis Johnson clocked in a personal-best 10.32 (0.6), claiming first place in the men’s 100-meter dash. Johnson’s previous best was 10.37 (1.2) at last week’s Bryan Clay. Jalen Cadet, competing in his first career outdoor meet, clocked in a 10.79 (0.6) and finishing second.

Loubna Benhadja won her third straight 400-meter hurdles of the season, clocking in a 59.68. Benhadja is now 3-0 in her races during the outdoor season. Carshaylah Harrison placed second with a personal-best time 1:01.45.

Sah-Jay Stevens captured her first career victory at UTEP. The senior, who transferred from Johnson C. Smith prior to the 2020 season, won the shot put with a season-best 14.29-meter (46-10.75) mark. She also had a third-place showing in the javelin after throwing a personal-best 38.13 meters (125-1).

Maxwell Kipkosgei won the men’s 1500-meter race, clocking in a 4:01.74.

The women’s 4×100-relay team won it event as Oghenekaro Brume, Maribel Caicedo, Chinique Brown and Denae McFarlane clocked in a season-best 45.68. The previous best was 46.01.

Caicedo came up with another victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles this season. She clocked in a 13.25 (0.7), winning her second 100-meter hurdle event of the season.

Caicedo finished in second place in the women’s 200-meter dash, clocking in a personal-best 24.24 (-1.1). Former UTEP track and field athlete Tobi Amusan (adidas) won the race (22.66 [-1.1]).

Ned Azemia (51.59), Ronaldo Griffiths (53.57) and Stephen Carreto (56.78) ran the men’s 400-meter hurdles and finished one, two and three, respectively.

Marisa Simpson finished second in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, clocking in a personal-best 13.91 (0.7). Her time has a chance to rank top five in Conference USA.

Brume placed second in the women’s 400-meter dash (56.50), while McFarlane finished second in the women’s 100-meter dash (11.70). Amusan (adidas) won the race (11.14).


Ruth Jerubet placed third in the women’s 1500 (4:41.79).


Karon Dean clocked in a personal-best 20.93 in the men’s 200-meter race. It was the first time in Dean’s collegiate career that he posted a time under 21.00. Dean transferred to UTEP from Barton CC. His time has a chance to rank top five in C-USA.


Aman Verma competed in his first career outdoor meet, clocking in a 21.38 in the men’s 200-meter dash.


Krishna Jayasankar Menon placed second in the women’s discus (45.04m [147-09]).


In the men’s discus, Benjamin Coronado finished in second place (47.36m [155-04]), while current UTEP football defensive end Maurice Westmoreland tallied his first career toss (45.31m [148-08]).


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