The Miners are westbound for the second time during the outdoor season as they head to Berkley, Calif. for the Brutus Hamilton Challenge. This will be the final competition the Miners will see before the Conference USA Outdoor Championships hosted by UTEP (May11-14).
The historic two-day meet starts Friday 9:00 a.m. PT with the men’s hammer throw. Sophomore Karol Koncos will be one of the top competitors in the field. Koncos threw for 63.43m (208-1) last week at the UTEP Invitational. His mark is the third-best his season in C-USA.
Senior Fayon Gonzales and junior Lucia Mokrasova will compete in the women’s javelin set for 5:30 p.m.Gonzales (39.37m) ranks ninth in the league, while Mokrasova holds the number eight spot (39.94m).
The running events will see Daniel Cheruiyot in the 3,000m steeplechase starting at 3:30 p.m. Cheruiyot clocked the fourth-fastest time in conference running a season-best 9:03.31. Antony Kosgei and Evans Kiprono will run at 4:10 p.m. in the 5,000m. Kosgei (14:16.60) ranks fifth in the league.
Gladys Jerotich and Winny Koech will tussle in the women’s 5,000m starting at 3:45 p.m. Koech (16:22.26) ranks first in C-USA.
Saturday’s events will start with the women’s long jump at 10:00 a.m. Tobi Amusan will make her first jump of the outdoor season. Senior Samantha Hall will compete in both the shot put (10:45 a.m.) and discus throw (12:30 p.m.). Hall ranks 12th in the NCAA West Region (54.62m) in the discus throw.
Runners to look out for on the track will be UTEP’s freshman duo Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni in the men’s 800m starting at 3:10 p.m. The Kenyan natives have both started their collegiate careers off with a bang.
Korir won the 800m indoor national title and ranks second in the west region. The Kenyan has clocked a blistering 44.67 in the 400m ranking second in the West Region.
Saruni ranks first in the West Region in the 800m after stopping the clock at 1:45.82 winning gold at the Texas Relays. The mid-distance runner ranks ninth in the 400m clocking 45.69 in the 400m in the West Region.
Brandon Moss will compete in the men’s long jump at 11:45 a.m., where he ranks ninth in the league after jumping out to 7.20m (23-7.5) in his first outdoor competition at last week’s UTEP Invitational.
Ada Benjamin will race at 2:05 p.m. in the 400m. Benjamin ranks first in conference with a time of 53.16. Florence Uwakwe will take the track at 2:25 p.m. in the 100m. Uwakwe will race her first short sprint of the outdoor season.
Lilian Koech and Truphena Sum will run in the 800m set for a 3:00 p.m. Koech ranks third in the league with a personal-best 2:05.86.
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