Running in Nairobi, Kenya, Korir qualified to the 800m final with a time of 1:45.50 in the first heat
Freshman Emmanuel Korir was named the Conference USA Track Athlete of the Week as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to that honor, Korir was also named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday afternoon.
Korir, a freshman, opened up his 2017 season at the Commodore Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt and clocked a time of 1:46.50 in the 800m. That gave Korir the outright collegiate lead.
The Kenya native now holds the school record previously held by Elias Koech 1:46.77 registered in 2008.
Korir’s time also put him 23rd on the all-time, all-conditions indoor collegiate list.
In one of the most impressive debut’s in UTEP history, Korir started his 2017 indoor season with a bang at the Commodore Invitational held in Nashville Tenn.
The Kenya native posted a time of 1:46.50 in the 800m, which also broke the school record previously held by Elias Koech (2008).
Korir’s time is currently the fastest in the country (first in C-USA) in the event.
The Miners will travel to Albuquerque N.M. this weekend to compete in the Cherry & Silver Invitational.