Anthony Rotich/Photo – UTEP
Irving, Texas- Anthony Rotich marked one last accomplishment off the list on Monday morning; for the fourth-straight year, Rotich was named the Conference USA Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year. C-USA cross country head coaches around the league nominated Rotich as the unanimous winner.
Rotich won a career low two races during the 2015 cross country season, but that was by design. “This year he has been very selfless,” head coach Paul Ereng said. “He wasn’t as concerned this year about winning individually, but he was more concerned about how the team performed as a whole. He was a tremendous inspiration this year.”
Rotich’s storybook career ends with a whopping 63 races won (track and field and cross country combined), 19 individual conference titles, 11 All-America honors and four national titles.
This fall Rotich led the men’s team up to as high as No. 7 in the USTFCCCA Coaches poll. The Miners dashed to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships (best finish since 2007/10th). Rotich finished 15th individually at the NCAA Championships to earn his fourth-consecutive All-America honor. Rotich is only the third runner in program history to be named a four-time cross country All American.
Rotich led the Miners to victories at five meets during the season. On Oct. 2 at the Notre Dame Invitational, he took gold and helped UTEP knock off five men’s team on their way to capturing the team title.
On Halloween, he secured the all-elusive Conference USA team title. From his freshman to junior year, he was a member of teams that finished second place. On this chilly day in Kentucky, Rotich and his team would not be denied and they captured UTEP’s first conference title since 2009.
Author: UTEP Athletics