March 19, 2014
Anthony Rotich, Men's Basketball
All-American Anthony Rotich captured the NCAA title in the mile leading the men's team to an eighth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.The NCAA Champion garnered his first indoor crown in the mile posting a time of 4:02.54, beating out Arizona's Lawi Lalang, who holds both the collegiate and NCAA meet record in the event. Rotich is the first Miner on the men's team to claim gold at the national meet since 1997, when Obadele Thompson took first in the 200m. The Bowerman Watch List candidate is one of four Miners that have earned an NCAA Indoor title in the mile (Wilson Waigwa `77, James Munyala '78, Suleiman Nyambui '79, '80, '82). This is the junior's second-straight NCAA title; he previously won the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Janice Jackson Track & Field
On the women's side, senior Janice Jackson took her first indoor All-American honors with a fifth-place finish in the 60m hurdles. The senior joins former Miner Kim Turner as the only UTEP women to claim All-American recognition in the 60m hurdles. The hurdler clocked in a time of 8.05 in the event to conclude her indoor collegiate career.