Albuquerque N.M. – Emmanuel Korir and Jonah Koech blew past the competition as they set the fastest time in the nation in their respective events. Korir ran a time of 1:46.15 in the 800m, while Koech recorded a time of 3:55.50 in the mile in the New Mexico Classic at the Albuquerque Convention center.
“They both are young and are still learning. I don’t know how fast they are going to run this year but it’s going to be something special.” Head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “This was really our tuneup for conference even though it’s two weeks away. Today everyone looked like they are where they need to be.”
In the 800m, Michael Saruni (1:46.31) notched second place and has the second fastest time in the nation. Koror improves his time in the 800m after setting his previous personal best (1:46.50) back Jan. 13 at the Commodore Invitational.
Former UTEP athlete and NCAA Champion Anthony Rotich helped set the blazing pace along with Jonah Koech in the mile run. Koech rode alongside Rotich setting themselves apart from the rest of the field by 50 meters. Going in to the final lap, Rotich backed off the gas and Koech did not skip a beat pushing through to finish 3:55.50, the fastest time in the nation.
Antony Kosgei, who finished second 4:05.95) and Cosmas Boit, a 13th-place finisher (4:17.97) trailed behind Koech in the mile run.
In the men’s field events, Donivan Ortega earned a fourth-place showing in the long jump with a mark of 14.80m (48-6.75). Karol Koncos made his Miner debut and threw for an impressive 19.19m (62-11.50) to finish fifth overall.
On the women’s side, Ada Benjamin took home gold in the 400m with a time of 54.72 and Dreshannae Rolle finished 13th overall with a time of 56.48.
Four Miners competed in the mile run. Winny Koech (4:51.92) placed fourth and behind her was Linda Cheruiyot (4:52.76) in fifth. Gladys Jerotich (5:03.58) and Truphena Sum (5:11.32) placed ninth and 13th overall.
In the 800m Linda Cheruiyot ran 2:16.23 to finish in fifth place and Brittney Adams finished seventh overall with a time of 2:17.14.
Samantha Hall threw a new personal-best of 14.32m (46-11.75) in the shot put to notch a seventh-place finish.
Next week the Miners will return for their final meet in the Albuquerque Convention Center at the Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational.