Friday’s Champion Freshman Titus Cheruiyot | Photo Credit: Stephan Fisher
SOUTH BEND, In. – UTEP freshman Titus Cheruiyot won the second race of his young collegiate career, crossing the finish line first (24:13.01) at the 64th Annual Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon at Burke Golf Course.
Cheruiyot, who opened his collegiate career with a first-place finish at the Lobo Invitational Aug. 31, was no. 1 out of 158 competing runners at Friday’s event in South Bend.
Cheruiyot’s teammate Rodgers Korir placed third (24:16.74) as the UTEP men’s team finished ninth overall out of 20 competing programs in the 5-mile Men’s Gold Division.
The UTEP women’s squad finished eighth out of 25 schools in the 5,000-meter Women’s Golf Division, as Winny Koech led the charge for the Miners. Koech finished in second place (16:55.86) behind Clemson’s Logan Morris (16:49.48).
“I am very proud of both UTEP cross country men and women team’s efforts today as they competed among 25 teams in the 2019 edition of Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “The women’s team was led by senior Winny Koech as the ladies put three runners in top 10 in the Women’s Gold Race.”
Linda Cheruiyot (17:18.82) placed sixth and Carolyne Chepkosgei (17:20.58) finished seventh. Karoline Daland (18:16.08) finished with a personal-best time, while Joan Kimaiyo (20:07.86) and Jacquilyn Orozco (21:14.43) also competed for the Miners.
Ronoh (25:27.85) placed 61st, third overall for the men, while Quinones (25:51.28), Kapel (26:11.78), Talavera (26:36.88), Sims (27:47.82) and Calvani (29:22.16) rounded out the men’s side.
“Inspired by their sisters’ performance, the men took the course and displayed a brilliant distance running,” Ereng added. “Freshman Titus Cheruiyot was the champion of the golden race followed by Rodgers Korir in third place. Boaz Ronoh lost a shoe and had to stop to put it on – he finished third for the team. Freshman [Kayn] Quinones competed very well today by finishing fourth for the team, as [Cornelius] Kapel, [Kenneth]Talavera, [Michael] Sims and [Cory] Calvani came in that order.”
Up next, the Miners will return to the state of Indiana compete at the NCAA Pre Nationals in Terre Haute Oct. 19. Following that, the Conference USA Championships will be in Bowling Green, Ky., hosted by WKU Nov. 2.