Berkeley, Calif. – Freshman standout Jonah Koech broke the Brutus Hamilton Challenge 800m meet record by clocking a 1:46.84 to take gold on Saturday. The time ranks ninth nationally, No. 2 in Conference USA and No. 3 in UTEP history.
“That was Jonah’s first great 800m race for us at UTEP,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “He hadn’t really run a great one for us yet, and to set a meet record at a meet of this kind speaks volumes about his performance.”
Fellow freshman superstar Tobi Amusan had an exhilarating day in the long jump. Amusan took gold with a bound of 6.19 for a personal best; the mark ranks third in C-USA and 24th nationally.
“Tobi is a very special athlete,” Laaksonen noted. “We are very pleased to have her talents for three more years.”
Sprinter Asa Guevara had a wonderful weekend in Cali. A day after running a 21.35 in the 200m dash, Guevara came back for more on Saturday. Guevara clocked a time of 10.53 in his first ever 100m dash to take silver. The mark of 10.53 ranks sixth in C-USA.
“Asa had a great weekend here at this special meet,” Laaksonen acknowledged. “His 100m performance was exceptional and he split a 46.2 in our 4x400m relay (team ran season best 3:11.14) that took gold.”
Guevara took silver with a time of 10.53 in the 100m dash and Isak Washington followed in fifth with a time of 10.64.
The women’s 4x100m relay of Tyler Ragin, Amusan, Alexis Roberts and Florence Uwakwe won gold with a time of 45.55. The aforementioned men’s 4x400m relay took gold with a season best time of 3:11.14 (Carnell Horn, Guevara, Isak Washington and Esteban Montanez).
The men’s 4x100m relay of Sven Zellner, Guevara, Carnell Horn and Washington took silver with the third-fastest time in C-USA (40.68).
Robers clocked a personal best of 24.74 in the 200m dash. Three Miners set personal bests in the 400m hurdles; Dreshanae Rolle (women/1:02.53), Brittney Adams (women/1:03.46) and Yinka Oyebanjo-Odofin (men/56.30). Yanique Bennett placed second in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 59.40.
Freshman Brittney Trought captured gold in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.90 and Sven Zellner placed sixth on the men’s side with a readout of 14.48.