ALBUQUERQUE – Carolyne Chepkosgei finished in second place in the women’s mile run, and Sean Bailey took third in the men’s 400m dash, highlighting the final day at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
“Day two was better than day one. Lot of season bests,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “Much needed bye week coming up. We need to accomplish quite a bit during this week to be able to make strong move forward as a team in two weeks when we head back to Albuquerque.”
The men’s 4x400m relay also had a good showing, placing second with Bailey, James Flournoy, Shakeem Smith and Davion Bynaum, clocking in a 3:14.69.
Bailey posted a personal-best 46.51 in the 400m, while Chepkosgei recorded a 4:56.05 in the mile.
Freshman Kenneth Talavera finished fourth in the men’s mile run, posting a time of 4:18.01.
Shakeem Smith clocked an 8.06 in the men’s 60m hurdles preliminaries, while finishing fourth in the finals, matching his school record time of 7.90.
Karoline Daland placed eighth in the women’s 800m with a time of 2:16.61.
Chantoba Bright ran the women’s 60m dash preliminaries, posting a time of 7.71, followed by a seventh-place finish in the finals with a time of 7.74.
Sah-Jay Stevens posted a 13.98m toss in the women’s shot put, placing fifth.
Davion Bynuam placed sixth in the men’s 60m dash, posting a time of 6.80.
Coming up next for UTEP, they’ll return to Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Feb. 7-8.