UTEP’s Winny Koech Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships

Winny Koech is the first Miner to punch her ticket in the 10,000m to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships on Day one of the West Region Preliminaries on Thursday afternoon.

Koech crossed the finish line with a time of 34:39.41 to finish fifth place overall, the top 12 competitors move on to the NCAA Championships. The Sophomore will make her first trip to Eugene, Ore.

In the first round of the men’s 800m run, All-American Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni both won their respective heats. Korir clocked a time of 1:49.82 and Saruni stopped the clock at 1:51.96. The freshmen will compete Friday at 5:45 p.m. MT.

Asa Guevara notched a personal best of 46.76 in the 400m to qualify for Friday’s quarter-final. Guevara placed fifth in his heat and will compete on Friday at 4:45 p.m.

Jonah Koech earned an automatic qualifying spot in Saturday’s final of the 1,500m run by placing third in his heat with a time of 3:59.27. The sophomore will have a full day to recover before competing again on Saturday at 5:45 p.m.

On the women’s side, Yanique Bennett qualified for Friday’s quarter-final in the 400m hurdles. Bennett clocked 59.49 to finish in third place in her heat. Bennett will compete Friday at 6:00 p.m.

In the 400m, Ada Benjamin notched clocked 53.46 to earn an automatic bid to Friday’s quarter-final. Benjamin will return to the track tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Lilian Koech will compete in Friday’s quarter-final of the 800m after running a qualifying time of 2:10.12. Koech will run again tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

Samantha Hall, Tobi Amusan and Daniel Cheruiyot will look to punch their tickets to the NCAA Championships Friday in their respective events.

Hall will compete in the discus throw starting at 11:00 a.m. Amusan will take the track in the 100m hurdles set to start at 3:30 p.m. and Cheruiyot will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase closing out Friday’s action at 8:00 p.m.

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