NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The UTEP track & field team opened its 2017 indoor campaign by competing at the Commodore Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt Friday.
On day one of action on the women’s side sophomore duo Winny Koech (16:34.98) claimed gold and Gladys Jerotich (17:02.47) took home bronze while setting personal bests in the 5,000m.
Sophomore All-American Tobi Amusan, who had a stellar 2016 campaign, earned a fifth-place finish in the 200m (24.03). She will look to carry her momentum into Saturday’s race in the 60m hurdles.
Adding to the women’s speed was Florence Uwakwe, who finished in the 200m with a time of 24.52. Uwakwe had a very successful 2016 season earning All-American recognition.
For the men’s side it was senior Evans Kiprono, the only Miner competing the 5,000m, who took home gold by recording his second-best time 14:53.83. Kriprono was only .16 seconds off his personal-best, which he set at the 2016 C-USA Indoor Championships.
The Miners had three freshmen make their indoor collegiate debut and set a personal best in their respective events. In the high jump Austin Ondijo earned an eighth-place finish with a leap of 1.85m (6’ 0.75’’). Donivan Ortega also claimed eight place with an effort of 7.00m (22’ 11.75’’) in the long jump. Alejandro Alcazar ran his personal best in the 200m (23.02). He will look to set another in Saturday’s 400m.
Action continues Saturday with the first running event starting at 9:00 a.m. and the first field event starting at 10:00 a.m.
For live results and a complete schedule of all events at the Commodore Invitational please visit, http://www.cfpitiming.com/2017_Indoor_Season/Vandy_Commodore_2017/Vandy_Commodore_2017.html