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Running in Nairobi, Kenya, Korir qualified to the 800m final with a time of 1:45.50 in the first heat

UTEP’s Korir Sets World Best in the 600m

Albuquerque  – Emmanuel Korir continues his impressive start to his indoor campaign, setting a world best in the 600m (1:14.97) on Friday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The reason why it is not considered a world record is because the 600m is not an official IAAF indoor event.

“Korir is a very special and talented athlete. His best event is the 800 so the 600 is a good prep,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “With his stamina and his speed that’s the end result. I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.”

Heading into todays race, Korir has the nations fastest time in the 800m set last weekend in his collegiate indoor debut. The distance runner started the race in lane four and set a good pace for the first lap. In the final 150 meters he opened up a lead to notch a first-place finish. Teammate Jonah Koech finished in second with a time of 1:17.24.

In the men’s 60m dash Asa Guevara and James bias both qualify for the semifinals tomorrow afternoon. Guevara finished in fifth overall (6.84) and Bias finished in 13th (6.87). Bias also notched a fourth-place finish in 200-meter dash with a time of 21:59.

Donovan Ortega placed 11th overall in the long jump with a leap of 6.82 (22’ 4.50”).

For the women’s side, Tobi Amusan continues to dominate in the 60m hurdles and 200m. She qualified for the 60m hurdles with a personal best of 8.12. She took home gold in the 200m final running 23.56, which is the second-fastest time in school history. Ada Benjamin finished ninth overall with a time of 24.43.

Fayon Gonzales earned a third place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 18.08m (59-4.00) and teammate Abedola Akomolafe finished 11th throwing for 16.15m (53’-0).

The Miners return to action tomorrow with the women’s shot put set for 10:00 a.m. MT and the men’s 60m hurdles established for 10:45 a.m.

For live results please visit http://www.liverunningresults.com/public_html/events/cherry2017/

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