UTEP’s Amusan, Koech Named Freshman of the C-USA Meet

Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Two freshman reeled in impressive awards at the conclusion of the Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Sunday evening; Tobi Amusan was took home both High Point Scorer of the Meet and Freshmen of the Meet honors, while freshman Jonah Koech was named Freshman of the Meet on the men’s side.

UTEP's Tobi Amusan during the Women's 200 meter dash during the UTEP Invitational 2016
UTEP’s Tobi Amusan during the Women’s 200 meter dash during the UTEP Invitational 2016

“Tobi came mid year and you can just tell she is a special athlete,” head coach Mika Laaksonen noted. “She really hit her stride and I don’t think we have seen her reach her full potential yet, she is an amazing athlete. I look forward to having her for three more years.”

“And Jonah has had a stellar freshman year so far,” Laaksonen noted. “He is already a two-time All American and hopefully he can be a three-time one by the end of this season. He is a special young man and I am very happy to have him three more years as well.”

The women’s team ended up finishing fourth with 91 points and the men finished sixth with 74 points. The women’s champ was Rice (136 points) and Western Kentucky (148 points) took home the men’s title.

“Even if the women’s team had a perfect day for us today it would have been hard for us to take home the title and then the men improved to sixth from a disappointing finish at indoors,” Laaksonen noted.

Amusan, who scored eight points in the long jump on Saturday, tallied a molly whopping 20 points on the final day of the C-USA Championships. The Nigeria native cruised to gold in the 200m dash (23.27) and her main event, the 100m hurdles (13.06).

Koech did not disappoint in his mid distance disciplines. The Kenyan native outkicked Eliud Rutto in the 1,500m final on his way to setting

UTEPs Jonah Koech (left)
UTEPs Jonah Koech (left)

a new meet record with a time of 3:43.39. He returned an hour later in the 800m run with a silver finish by clocking a time of 1:50.00.

Junior Cosmas Boit had a stellar day on the track and he racked up 10 points between the 1,500m run and 5,000m run. Boit held the lead in the 5,000m run until the last 30 meters and he clocked a time of 14:22.62 for silver. In the 1,500m run, the Kenya native placed seventh with a time of 3:48.88.

Fellow distance runner Daniel Cheruiyot scored his 16th point of the meet on Sunday evening when he placed third in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:28.48.

In the 100m dash finals, Asa Guevara placed fifth with a time of 10.62 for the men while Florence Uwakwe finished sixth for the women with a readout of 11.85; Uwakwe also scored in the 200m dash finals with a time of 23.82 for fourth place.

Senior Carnell Horn registered his highest finish at a C-USA meet when he placed fourth in the 400m dash with a personal best time of 46.94. Ada Benjamin sprinted to a silver in both the 400m dash (54.54) and the 4x400m relay (3:39.08/season best).

Joining Benjamin in the 4x400m relay were Uwakwe, Dreshanae Rolle, and Yanique Bennett to earn silver only .03 seconds behind Western Kentucky.

Bennett also claimed silver in the women’s 400m hurdles with a season best time of 58.27.

The men’s 4x400m relay squad of Esteban Montanez, Horn, Isak Washington and Guevara finished third in the men’s race with a time of 3:11.98.

The NCAA West Preliminaries will take place in two weeks in Lawrence, Kansas.