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UTEP's Emmanuel Korir | Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics

UTEP’s Korir, Saruni Advance to 800m Final

Eugene, Or. – UTEP’s Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni make history by being the first freshman duo from the same school to make the 800m final in meet history at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday night.

Running at their first ever NCAA Championships, All-American duo Korir and Saruni did not disappoint. Korir won the first of three heats in the men’s 800m semifinal with the fastest qualifying time of 1:46.38. Saruni’s time of 1:46.63 was enough to win the final heat of the 800m and the third-fastest qualifying time.

Korir and Saruni will run on Friday’s 800m final set to start at 7:45 p.m. MT.

In a valiant effort running the 4x400m relay, Saruni, Korir, Asa Guevara and James Bias clocked 3:18.65. Saruni and Korir had just 90 minutes to recuperate and compete in the mile relay.

Day two of the NCAA Championship will see Tobi Amusan in the 100m hurdles set to start at 6:25 p.m., Lilian Koech in the 800m set for a 7:10 p.m. start and Winny Koech to close out the night in the 10,000m final running at 8:05 p.m.

You can watch the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships live on the ESPN family of networks. Both the final day of the men’s championship and women’s championship will be aired in prime time on ESPN.

For live results and breaking news be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram.

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