Ruth Jerubet | Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics
LUBBOCK – UTEP freshman Ruth Jerubet won gold in the women’s 1500m, and senior Shakeem Smith raced out to a first-place finish in the men’s 400m hurdles on the final day at Texas Tech’s Masked Rider Open on Saturday afternoon at Fuller Track and Field.
Jerubet clocked in a 4:36.59 in her first collegiate 1500m event, and Smith crossed the finish line first with a time of 50.48 in the 400m hurdles.
A trio of Miners earned silver medals on Saturday. Titus Cheruiyot competed in his first collegiate 3000m steeplechase and posted a mark of 9:40.67 for a second-place finish. Chevannie Hanson posted a personal-best 46.51 in the 400m, and Carolyne Chepkosgei ran a 2:10.16 in the 800m.
Karol Koncos placed third in the hammer throw with a season-best 61.56m (202-0) heave. Maribel Caicedo posted a season-best 13.57 in the 100m hurdles for a bronze showing. Kenneth Talavera competed in his first career 800m event and placed third with a time of 1:51.89.
Ned Azemia finished in third in the 400m hurdles, clocking in a 52.05. Maxwell Kipkosgei’s time of 3:59.04 earned the freshman a bronze showing in the 1500m.
Sah-Jay Stevens posted a personal-best 15.87 (52-0.75) in the shot put, and Aleks Hristov recorded a personal-best 55.40 in the discus on Friday afternoon.
The men’s 4x100m relay team composed of Smith, Jevaughn Powell, Sean Bailey and Dennis Johnson clocked in a 40.45, which would rank second in Conference USA.
UTEP will compete at a pair of meets on April 15-17. The Miners will head to Azusa, Calif., for the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific, and to San Antonio for the Roadrunner Invitational hosted by UTSA.