UTEP senior Winny Koech | Photo by Michael Reese

UTEP’s Winny Koech places first, Leads Women to Team Title; Rodgers Korir wins Men’s Race

UTEP’s Winny Koech crossed the finish line first, registering a time of 16:40.53 as the senior led the cross country women to the team title.

On the men’s side, sophomore Rodgers Korir won the individual title, clocking in a time of 19:29.14 at Chamizal National Memorial Park Friday evening.

“The team competed very well today – both men and women,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “With this being our second meet, we’re still working on where we want to be. We still have a couple of more races to get ready for conference.”

The UTEP women claimed the overall team title in the 4.7KM with 35 points, while EPCC placed second (46 points). Junior Carolyne Chepkosgei finished fourth (17:04.85), senior Linda Cheruiyot (17:14.67) crossed the finish line in fifth and sophomore Karoline Daland placed seventh (17:27.59).

Freshmen Joan Kimaiyo (18th – 19:41.78), Jacquilyn Orozco (23rd – 20:41.36) and Valerie Gonzalez (25th – 21:27.64) rounded out the field for UTEP.

The UTEP men placed second overall (38 points) behind EPCC (27 points) in the 6.4KM. Freshman Titus Cheruiyot finished third, clocking in a time of 19:47.13, while sophomore Boaz Ronoh (20:44.10) placed eighth. Freshman Kenneth Talavera (20:47.59) finished 10th, and junior Cornelius Kapel (21:13.38) placed 16th.

Freshman Kayn Quinones (17th – 21:30.80), sophomore Michael Sims (20th – 21:47.58), sophomore Cory Calvani (27th – 22:36.48), sophomore Daniel Maes (30th – 23:22.61), freshman Alek Duran (31st – 23:31.91) and junior Allan Ortiz (36th – 25:01.24) rounded out the UTEP men’s side.

UTEP will compete at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 4 in South Bend, Ind.