The UTEP career record-holder for wins (28), strikeouts (258), complete games (27) and innings pitched (312.1), Marc Bombard played for the Miner baseball team from 1969-71. He ranks second all time in ERA with a mark of 3.43. During the 1971 season, Bombard was a candidate for All-America honors after compiling a 13-3 record with a 3.13 ERA in 16 outings.
The member of the El Paso Sports Hall of Fame has had an extensive career in professional baseball following his time at UTEP, first as a player and then as a coach. Bombard pitched for seven years in the Cincinnati Reds organization before switching his focus to managing. Currently the first base coach with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bombard recorded a career minor league managing record of 1,556-1,350 (.535). He has been recognized as the Minor League Manager of the Year on three occasions (1994, '95 and 2002).
Women's Track & Field (1981-84)
A six-time All-American, Charmaine Crooks competed with the UTEP women's track & field team from 1981-84. She is the current school record holder in the outdoor 400-meter dash. Additionally, Crooks holds the third-fastest time in program history for the 200-meter dash. Following her time in the Sun City, Crooks went on to an incredible international career. She was a five-time Olympian for Canada, earning a silver medal as part of the 1,600m relay quartet at the 1984 Los Angeles games. The 11-time Canadian champion also won medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Cup, Pan Am Games and World Student Games. She was one of just seven athletes to be elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes Commission. Additionally, she was a founding member of the independent IOC Ethics Commission, contributing towards the development of the IOC Code of Ethics. Moreover, Crooks had the distinction of being named Flag Bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
One of the most prolific receivers in school history, Chuck Hughes played for the Miners from 1964-66. He helped the team to 14 victories, including a Sun Bowl victory in 1965. In 1965, Hughes reeled in a school-record 80 catches for 1,519 yards, also the best total in program annals, to garner All-America status. Hughes' 17 receptions against Arizona State and his 349 yards against North Texas, an NCAA record at the time, highlighted the sensational season. His 34.9 yards per reception versus UNT still stands as an NCAA record. The 1965 campaign was capped off in stellar fashion, as Hughes snared six passes for 115 yards against TCU in the Sun Bowl.
Hughes had 162 catches during his prolific career, including 19 touchdown grabs. Hughes led the team in receiving on 21 occasions, eclipsing the 100-yard barrier a school-record 13 times. After leaving the Sun City, Hughes went on to play in the NFL for five years.
A player who was considered to be a triple threat (rushing, passing and punting), there was very little that Owen Price failed to accomplish in his career with the Miners. Price played with UTEP from 1938-41, but it was in his latter two years that most of his accomplishments were achieved. Price led the nation in punting in 1940 (48.0) and 1941 (45.3). During that same time frame, Price also paced the squad in all-purpose yards, rushing yards and punt returns. Additionally, Price topped the team in passing yards in 1941. For his efforts, Price received distinction in both 1940 and '41 as a Little All-American by several publications. Some of his more notable accomplishments included rushing for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-26 Miner victory against New Mexico State in 1940 and setting the NCAA record for passing completions and attempts, hitting 29 of 55 against Loyola-Marymount in 1941.
Men's Track & Field (1974-77)
One of the most prolific distance runners in program history, Wilson Waigwa competed with the UTEP men's track & field team from 1973-77. During his career, the Waigwa claimed 10 All-America certificates. He helped the Miners win the 1976 NCAA Indoor Championship by running with the distance medley relay unit that topped the field. He won the mile at the 1977 NCAA Indoor Championship and grabbed the 1,500 title during the outdoor season.
Despite competing more than 30 years ago, Waigwa still holds Miner records for the indoor 1,000, mile and distance medley relay, as well as the outdoor four-mile relay. Waigwa was dominant in conference championship meets as well, earning distinction as WAC Champion 16 times. His efforts helped lead the Miners to seven WAC titles, three outdoors and four indoors. Upon conclusion of his stellar collegiate career, Waigwa Competing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the 5,000 meters served as the highlight.
1979 MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
The 1979 men's outdoor track & field team was one of the most prevalent in school history. The Miners racked up 50 points during the first day of the NCAA Championship alone, on their way to finishing with a sum of 64 to capture the national title by a comfortable 16 points. The 50 points during day one would have been enough to win the meet, as Villanova snared runner-up honors with a total of 48.It marked the second of five successive national championships for head coach Ted Banks' squad. Suleiman Nyambui and Michael Musyoki led the way by going 1-2 in the 10,000 meters. Jerome Deal also won solo, topping the field in the 100-meter dash with a scorching 10.19 readout. Overall, nine Miners earned All-America honors at the event. Earlier in the year at the Western Athletic Conference Championships, UTEP cruised to fifth straight league title in convincing fashion.
1979 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
The 1979 men's cross country team continued a dominating stretch for the program with a narrow 86-93 victory over the Oregon Ducks to take home the NCAA title. The triumph was the second of four straight NCAA Cross Country Championships. Four Miners garnered All-America honors, with James Rotich posting a career-best 29:03.6 to snare fourth place. Michael Musyoki battled through a foot injury to grab sixth, while Suleiman Nyambui fought through a leg injury to finish 12th. Freshman Wilson Kigen rounded out the list of All-Americans for UTEP, gaining 20th place. Prior to the NCAA Championships, UTEP left the competition in its dust by finishing with a minute 27 points on the way to its fifth consecutive Western Athletic Conference crown. Miner runners crossed the line first through third to help the Orange and Blue win by an impressive 22 points. UTEP also claimed the District VII title, which was held in conjuncture with the WAC meet.
1980 MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Led by five individual national championships, the UTEP Miners rolled to the 1980 NCAA men's Outdoor Championship. The Orange and Blue amassed 69 points, 23 better than second-place UCLA to pick up the third of five straight national crowns.Suleiman Nyambui keyed the efforts for UTEP, as he raced to the titles in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter competitions. Bert Cameron, Steve Hanna and Thommie Sjoholm also stood atop the medal stand, winning the 400-meter dash, triple jump and hammer throw, respectively. Other standout performances included Wilfred Mulli reeling in runner-up honors in the 400-meter hurdles, Carlos Scott snagging second place in the discus, Peter Lemashon snaring fifth place in the 800-meter run and Jerome Deal bringing home sixth place in the 100-meter dash. The victory helped erase a bitter taste in the mouth of the Miners following their second-place showing at the 1980 Western Athletic Conference Championship.