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“Overall we had a good team performance for the first meet of the season,” said head coach Paul Ereng. “Antony (shown) and Lilian both had great performances. We still have some improving to do as the season progresses.”

UTEP’s Kosgei and Koech Lead Miners at Lobo Invitational

Albuquerque, N.M. – Antony Kosgei and Lilian Koech led the Miners as they opened the 2017 cross country season at the Lobo Invitational.

“Overall we had a good team performance for the first meet of the season,” said head coach Paul Ereng. “Antony and Lilian both had great performances. We still have some improving to do as the season progresses.”

The Lobo Invitational is a mixed 5K race with both male and female athletes running at the same time. Koech was the first female athlete to cross the finish line with a time of 17:32.10. Sophomore teammate Linda Cheruiyot finished seventh overall with a time of 18:40.40, trailed by newcomer Andrea Lucero (21:14.10) and Ana Molinar (29:38.10).

On the men’s side, Antony Kosgei finished second overrall with a time of 15:31.90. Junior Jonah Koech clocked a time of 16:46.90 to a 14th-place finish, followed by sophomore Michael Saruni (16:57.30).

The Miners will return to action next week for their annual home meet at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Friday, September 8.

For live updates be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and on Instagram.

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