UTEP Athletics Honors Anthony Rotich & Janice Jackson| 10/6/14
June 11, 2013
The distance runner sat within the leading group of three throughout the whole race, but when the bell rang for the final lap the race between Rotich and Texas A&M's Henry Lelei began. Both competitors would not relent as they battled for the leading spot.
It all came down to the final water barrier where Lelei fell as he was jumping over the barrier giving Rotich the edge as he ran through the finish line with a personal-best time of 8:21.19.
His time not only makes him the school record holder in the steeplechase, but also was the seventh-fastest collegiate time. Rotich is UTEP's first NCAA Champion on the men's team since 2008 when Mickael Hanany won the high jump in the Orange and Blue.
Janice Jackson, Women's Track & Field
Jackson executed a stellar showing once again registering a personal-best time. The hurdler clocked in a time of 13.06 (W: 1.7) in the 100m hurdles, which continues to garner her the second-fastest time in the UTEP recordbooks only behind UTEP Hall of Famer Kim Turner (12.95).