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2017 UTEP Invitational, Kidd Field El Paso, TX

UTEP Track and Field Prepares for Conference Championships

The UTEP track and field team will compete over the next four days as it hosts the Conference USA Championships. The Miners, along with the other 12 league members will take Kidd Field May 11-14.

The UTEP women’s team will be looking for its first outdoor conference title in program history. The women’s team has won three consecutive indoor championships. The men’s team will be seeking is first outdoor conference championship since they took home the hardware in 2013.

Tickets can be purchased online. A four-day pass can be purchased for $20 or a daily ticket can be purchased for $8 for adults or $4 for kids. Students are able to attend the championship free with their Miner ID.

The Fastest Kid in El Paso race will be taking place on Sunday, May 14. Kids ages 5-13 are invited to participate in the 100m dash at 3 p.m. at Kidd Field. To sigh-up for the race please, contact UTEP Marketing at (915) 747-6065.

For information about parking, tickets and live results please visit, C-USA Championship Central.  For live updates and breaking news follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram.

Events to Watch:

Thursday, May 11

Heptathlon (begins at 2:45 p.m.)

Junior Lucia Mokrasova will lead things off in the heptathlon. Mokrasova is a two-time defending indoor conference champion in the event.

Earlier this year she set the school record at the Texas Relays scoring 5,671 points and heads into the championship ranked tied for eighth nationally.

Friday, May 12th

Women’s Hammer Throw (Begins at 10:00 a.m.)

Fayon Gonzales and Abedola Akomolafe will be competing in the women’s hammer throw, set to start at 10:00 a.m.Gonzales ranks 11th in the league with a toss of 52.58m set at the UTEP Invitational. Akomolafe will compete in the hammer throw for the fourth time this season.

Women’s 10,000m Final (8:00 p.m.)

Winny Koech and Gladys Jerotich head into Friday’s final ranked second and fourth in the conference, respectively. Koech set a time of 33:51.31 at the Mt. SAC Relays finishing in third place.

Men’s Hammer Throw (12:30 p.m.)

Newcomer Karol Koncos and Senior Kevin Rincon will lead the miners in the hammer throw. In his first year competing in the orange and blue, Koncos ranks third in the league with a mark of 63.43m set at the UTEP Invitational. Rincon will compete for the last time for the Miners.

Men’s 10,000m Final (8:45 p.m.)

Antony Kosgei and Evans Kiprono will close out the day with the 10,000m final starting at 8:45 p.m. Kosgei ranks fourth in C-USA with a time of 30:25.77 set at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Saturday, May 13th

Women’s Discus Final (1:00 p.m.)

Senior Samantha Hall heads into the competition favored in the event. The thrower holds the school record with a toss of 58.50m set at the NCAA Regional meet last year. Hall ranks first in C-USA and 17th in the nation. Hall returns to the track on Sunday for the shot put competition where she ranks eighth with a toss of 14.30m registered at the UTEP Invitational.

Women’s Long Jump Final (3:30 p.m.)

Senior Isreal Ramsay (5.89m) and Sophomore Tobi Amusan (5.83m) hold the seventh and ninth best marks in conference this year.  This is the first of four events for Amusan.

Men’s Long Jump Final (3:30 p.m.)

Brandon Moss heads into Saturday’s competition with the eighth best mark in the league with a leap of 7.32m set at Brutus Hamilton Challenge.

Women’s 1,500m Prelims (5:00 p.m.)

Sophomore Lilian Koech and freshman Linda Cheruiyot (4:23.60) hold the third and fourth-fastest times in C-USA this year, respectively. Koech clocked in a time of 4:22.12 at the Texas Relays. Cheruiyot posted a time of 4:29.91 at the UTEP Invitational.

Koech will also compete in the 800m prelim at 7:20 p.m. The sophomore ranks third in conference and 20th in the nation with a time of 2:04.68.

Men’s 1,500m Prelims (5:15 p.m.)

Jonah Koech, Cosmas Boit and Michael Saruni will compete in Saturday’s race. The Miners rank third, fifth and seventh in the league respectively. Koech posted a time of 3:44.96 at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge.

Saruni and Koech will also run in the 800m prelim set for a 7:30 p.m. Saruni ranks fifth in the nation and second in the league with a time of 1:45.82.

Women’s 100m Hurdles (5:35 p.m.)

Sophomore sensation Tobi Amusan comes into the championships ranked second in the nation and first in C-USA. The hurdler registered a personal-best 12.63, setting the school record at the UTEP Springtime.

The sophomore will also run the 200m prelim, starting at 8:25 p.m., where she ranks eighth in the nation and first in the league with a time of 22.60 set at the UTEP Invitational.

Women’s 400m Prelim (6:10 p.m.)

Senior duo Ada Benjamin and Florence Uwakwe rank first and second C-USA. Benjamin posted a time of 53.27 at the UTEP Springtime. Uwakwe clocked in a 53.33 at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge setting a season best.

Men’s 400m Prelim (6:25 p.m.)

Freshman standout Emmanuel Korir has caught the nations earning The Bowerman Watch List recognition. Korir set a personal best of 44.67 in the 400m at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge. The mid-distnce runner set the school record in the event and sits at the No. 3 nationally. This will be the second time the freshman competes in the 400m.

Women’s 400m Hurdles Prelim (7:50 p.m.)

Senior Yanique Bennett and Sophomore Dreshanae Rolle rank first and fourth in the conference, respectively. Bennett set a season-best 58.57 at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge. Rolle set a personal-best 1:00.19 at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge.

Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase (9:20 p.m.)

Daniel Cheruiyot clocked 9:31.31 at the Mt. SAC Relays and holds the fourth best time coming into the conference championships.

Sunday, May 14

Men’s Tripe Jump Final (3:00 p.m.)

Donivan Ortega will be jumping at his first outdoor championships and holds the seventh-best jump in the conference with a mark of 14.83m set at the UTEP Springtime.

*Running event times are tentative

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