• September 26, 2021
 UTEP Track & Field’s Yloenen, Cheruiyot take gold at the Desert Heat Classic on Saturday

UTEP Track & Field’s Yloenen, Cheruiyot take gold at the Desert Heat Classic on Saturday

TUCSON – UTEP track and field’s Roosa Yloenen won her third javelin event of the season, and Titus Cheruiyot won his first career 3000m race in his first collegiate 3000m outdoor competition.

The Miners also finished with seven top-three performances at the Desert Heat Classic hosted by the University of Arizona at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on Saturday.

“Good showing from us in our last meet before the conference championships,” UTEP Head Coach Mika Laaksonen said. “We had respectable numbers of new personal bests or season bests which builds confidence for the championships. No injuries, of course, is a must at this point of the season, so I’m very happy about that goal achieved from this meet. Next week we’ll be mostly tinkering and charging up the batteries a bit for the finals and the championships.”

Yloenen launched a personal-best mark of 53.89 (176-9). Yloenen beat out Arizona State’s Alizee Minard (53.22m). Her mark ranks second in Conference USA.

Titus Cheruiyot registered a victory with a time of 8:32.49. Cheruiyot’s time ranks top three in C-USA. Teammate Rodgers Korir finished third with a personal-best time of 8:37.94. His previous best was 8:57.74 in 2019.

Jevaughn Powell registered a person-best time 20.70 in the 200m, crossing the finish line third. His time also ranks top three in C-USA.

Sean Bailey placed second in the 400m dash, posting at time of 45.66, while teammate Chevannie Hanson followed with a third-place showing with a personal-best mark of 45.86.

Kenneth Talavera turned in a third-place finish in the 1500m run with a time of 3:51.78.

Ruth Jerubet clocked in a 17:50.14, placing third in the 5000m run.

The men’s 4x400m relay team capped the evening with a second-place finish. Bailey, Joshua Hill, Hanson and Powell clocked in a 3:07.08. The Miners finished in front of Arizona’s relay team (3:10.11).

Paulo Benavides competed at the Texas Invitational in Austin earlier in the day, and recorded a UTEP personal-best 5.31m (17-5) mark. Benavides’ effort ranks top three in C-USA.

UTEP will travel to Murfreesboro, Tn., to compete at the 2021 Conference USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships on May 13-16 at Dean A. Hayes Track Stadium.

The Miners are looking for their first men’s conference title since 2013 at the University of Houston, while the women’s side is looking for their first league championship since winning it for the first time in program history in 2017 at Kidd Field.

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