In just his second meet of the outdoor season, UTEP freshman Emmanuel Korir clocked a blistering 44.67 in the 400m to break a 37-year old stadium record (Billy Mullins, 45.03, USC, 1980) at Kidd Field Saturday afternoon.
Korir’s time of 44.67 ranks first in the nation and is the second-fastest time in the world. The Kenyan was just .09 seconds away from Bert Cameron’s school record established back in 1981. Teammate Michael Saruni followed by claiming silver with at time of 45.69, which is the 10th fastest time in the nation. Seniors Asa Guevara (46.81) and James Bias (47.24) notched the third and fourth spots, respectively.
Sophomore Tobi Amusan claimed gold in both the 100m hurdles (12.67) and the 200m (22.60). Amusan already has the fastest time in the nation (12.63) in the 100m hurdles and is now tied for third in the country in the 200m.
UTEP claimed the top four spots in the women’s 1,500m run with Lilian Koech (4:29.15), Linda Cheruiyot (4:29.38), Winny Koech (4:34.08) and Gladys Jerotich (4:46.89).
In the field events, senior Fayon Gonzales notched two second-place showings in the hammer throw (52.58m) and the discus throw (42.95m). Adebola Akomolafe claimed fourth (48.07m) in the hammer throw and third (40.89m) in the discus. Samantha Hall notched gold in the shot put after throwing for 14.30m.
In the men’s hammer throw, Karol Koncos threw for a personal-best 63.43m. Koncos ranks third in Conference USA. Brandon Moss claimed gold in the long jump with a mark of 7.20m and Austin Ondijo leaped over 1.89m in the high jump. In the men’s 1500m seniors Cosmas Boit, (3:50.99) and Daniel Cheruiyot (3:54.23) went 1-2 while sophomore Antony Kosgei (3:55.60) snagged the bronze.
Lucia Mokrasova placed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.65m, while Israel Ramsay (5.89m) and Tyler Ragin (5.62m) took fifth in the long jump. In the women’s 400m Ada Benjamin (53:39) edged out Central Arizona’s Shawkia Iddrisu (54:53) to secure the first-place finish.
In the 4x400m relay, UTEP’s Yanique Bennett, Madison Gibson, Brittney Adams and Imani Adams teamed up to cross the line in 3:48.71 to finish in second place.
The UTEP track and field team will return to action April 28-29 at the Brutus Hamilton Open in Berkley, Calif. For live updates and breaking news be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter.
Photos: Andres Acosta – El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer
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