Austin, Texas – Lucia Mokrasova set the school record in the heptathlon with 5,615 points on Thursday afternoon at the Mike A. Myers Stadium.
“Lucy is a very talented young lady,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “It’s still early in the season and she can be a lot sharper. Her score should get her to Nationals and that is what we came here for. She did what she was supposed to do.”
Mokrasova, who was competing in her first-career heptathlon as a Miner, placed 10th in a field of 31 athletes. Needing a sub 2:25.00 800m run to break Jallycia Pearson’s school record (5,576 points), the Slovakian came through with a time of 2:22.59 to earn 789 points on her way to eclipsing the record. She also earned 759 points in the long jump (5.70m/18-8.50) and 670 points in the javelin throw (40.14m/131-08). Her 5,615 points scored ranks No. 1 in Conference USA and ninth nationally.
The other big highlight of day two at the Texas Relays for UTEP was two-time All American freshman Jonah Koech. The Kenyan participated in the Invitational (including professionals) 800m run and finished third with the sixth-fastest time in the nation (1:48.32). On his way to his bronze showing, he also knocked off 2012 Olympic silver medalist (Leonel Manzano) in the meantime.
“It was a pretty good race by Jonah,” Laaksonen noted. “Jonah is a pretty fast guy and he is still training a lot. He has very good speed, but we have not seen the best from him yet.”
Yanique Bennett clocked a time of 59.25 in the 400m hurdles on her way to a 12th-place finish in a field of 68 runners; her time is the second-fastest in program history.
Cosmas Boit ran to a second-place finish in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:49.95 and Daniel Cheruiyot clocked a personal best of 9:05.19 surpassing his previous best by more than 20 seconds.
Winny Koech (17:05.22) and Gladys Jerotich (17:08.03) closed out the evening in the 5,000m run with fifth and eighth-place showings respectively.