UTEP XC’s Carolyne Chepkosgei | Photo courtesy C-USA
The UTEP cross country team is set to open its 2021 campaign at the TTU Open hosted by Texas Tech at the LCU Cross Country Course on Saturday.
The men’s 4-mile run is set to start at 8 a.m. CT/7 MT Saturday morning with the women’s 5K slated for approximately 8:40 a.m. CT/7:40 MT following the completion of the men’s race.
“The UTEP men and women cross country teams will open their 2021 season this weekend at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. There were changes to our traditional UNM opening meet, but it was cancelled this year,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “We’ll be represented by seven UTEP men and seven women. As an opening meet, this will give all of us an indication on what the team needs to improve on as we prepare for the rest of the season.”
The meet will feature host Texas Tech, Angelo State, Clarendon College, Eastern New Mexico, Lubbock Christian, New Mexico Highlands, New Mexico JC, UT-Permian Basin, Wayland Baptist, West Texas A&M and Western Texas College.
Making the trip for the UTEP women are Carolyne Chepkosgei, Karoline Daland, Ruth Jerubet, Joan Kimaiyo, Andrea Lucero, Jacquilyn Orozco and Victoria Ovalles. Traveling for the UTEP men are Gabriel Armijo, Maxwell Kipkosgei, Rodgers Korir, Yusuf Mohamud, Juan Olmos, Michael Sims and Kenneth Talavera.
Following their performances at the 2020 Conference USA Cross Country Championships, Korir and Chepkosgei earned All-C-USA first team honors, while Daland was named All-C-USA second team.
After only competing in a trio of events during the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, the Miners are slated to compete in seven events in 2021.
Following its season opener, UTEP will compete at the 35th Annual Lori Fitzgerald Memorial in Las Cruces, N.M., on Saturday, Sept. 18. On Oct. 2, the Miners will run in the Live in Lou XC Classic in Louisville, Ky.
Also, on the slate are the pre-Nationals on Oct. 15 in Tallahassee, Fla., the C-USA XC Championships on Oct. 30 in Charlotte, N.C., the NCAA Mountain Regionals on Nov. 12 in Provo, Utah, and the NCAA National Championships on Nov. 20 in Tallahassee.