UTEP Athletics Update - October 19, 2009

Oct. 19, 2009


Upcoming: The Miners will return to action on Oct. 31 at the Conference USA Championship in Houston.

Looking Back: Freshman Risper Kimaiyo finished fourth in her race, leading the UTEP women to a ninth-place finish out of 37 teams at ISU Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday. The Miner men finished 14th out of 34 teams. Kimaiyo posted a time of 20:33.9. Kathy Garcia finished 25th overall, clocking in at 21:14.3 amongst 249 participants. She was followed by Jepchirchir Kigen (57th, 21:43.5) and Gladys Chumba (93rd, 22:01.4). Karina Garcia rounded out the women's top five, finishing 105th in 22:07.8. All-American Nicodemus Ng'etich was the top runner for the men, finishing 18th with a time of 24:14.8. The second finisher for the Miners was newcomer Elkana Rotich, placing 70th in 24:52.1. Right behind Rotich was Robert Menjo, who crossed the finish line in 24:53.1 as the 72nd runner in the race. Justice Chirchir (90th) completed the 8K in 25:04.2 and Aggrey Chirchir (141st) finished in 25:45.2.


Upcoming: UTEP (2-4, 1-1 C-USA) hosts Tulsa (4-2, 2-0 C-USA) in an important C-USA West Division game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. All general admission tickets are $10, and all reserved seats are $15. Free Light-Up Thunderstix will be presented to the first 20,000 fans. Military Night and Breast Cancer Awareness Night will both be observed at the game. Free pink lapel ribbons will be presented to fans as they enter the stadium, the team will wear pink shoelaces, and the coaches will wear a special hat for breast cancer awareness. The UTEP men's and women's basketball teams will sign autographs from 5-5:45 outside of the Larry K. Durham Center, and local boxer Antonio Escalante will sign autographs in the North concourse of the stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Looking Back: Curtis Steele rushed for 240 yards as Memphis spoiled UTEP's bid for a fourth straight 2-0 start in Conference USA play with a 35-20 win over the Miners on Oct. 10 in the Liberty Bowl. The Tigers broke out of their offensive funk with their tailback healthy for the first time in 2009. Memphis had scored 16 points or less in four of its first five games, the exception a 41-14 rout of UT-Martin. UTEP left at least three touchdowns on the field due to dropped balls and penalties. The Miners took a 3-0 lead on a 38-yard field goal by Logan Barrett three minutes into the game. But Memphis put together two touchdown drives before the first quarter was over and UTEP was playing catch-up the rest of the way. Despite their struggles in the first half, the Miners trailed only 21-13 at the break. And they were still within a touchdown after Trevor Vittatoe hooked up with Kris Adams for a 21-yard score with 9:06 to play. But Memphis answered with a six-play, 53-yard drive over two minutes and 47 seconds, capped by a nine-yard scoring run by Steele. Vittatoe finished with 319 passing yards after completing 21-of-40 tries.


Upcoming: UTEP continues play at the Lone Star Invitational on Monday in San Antonio.

Looking Back: UTEP is in 12th place through 36 holes of the Lone Star Invitational. The Miners shot 305 and 315 over the first two rounds on Sunday for a total of 620. Texas A&M leads the 12-team field (566). UTEP's David Persons is tied for 28th place (74-76-150), Tanner Taff is tied for 34th place (75-77-152), Devin Miertschin is in 56th place (81-79-160), Jerry Castrellon is tied for 57th place (77-84-161) and Ross Rotwein is tied for 59th place (79-83-162).


Upcoming: UTEP will play in the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday in Greenville, N.C.

Looking Back: UTEP tied for 11th place at the Price's Give Em Five Intercollegiate last week in Las Cruces. The Miners posted rounds of 305, 301 and 302 for a total of 908 at the three-day tournament. Idaho won the 18-team event (871). Deborah Martinez led UTEP, tying for 12th place with a five-over-par 221 (74-74-73). Rosana Gomez tied for 23rd place (76-73-75-224), Ana Pastor (79-77-78-234) and Teresa Nogues (81-77-76-234) tied for 64th place, Liz Sobczak tied for 68th place (79-77-79-235) and Stephanie Herrera tied for 77th place (76-78-85-239) for the Miners.


Upcoming: The Miners will host Alaska on Saturday.

Looking Back: UTEP finished third in a triangular match with Air Force and Nevada over the weekend at Air Force. The Miners posted an aggregate score of 4579, firing 2317 and 2262 in air rifle and smallbore, respectively. Air Force won the match with a final tally of 4612 (2318 AR/2294 SB), while Nevada came in second with 4586 (2328 AR/2258 SB). Alix Moncada and Andrea Palafox highlighted the Miners' performance, each firing a meet-high 587 in air gun to tie for first place. Morgan Glenn finished with 573 and Josie Burzynski ended with 570. Moncada led UTEP in smallbore, shooting 573. Palafox followed with 566 and Burzynski and Glenn rounded out the group with scores of 565 and 558, respectively.


Upcoming: UTEP (12-4, 6-2 C-USA) hosts Houston in the designated "Senior Night" match on Friday at 7 p.m. The Miners will also take on Rice at University Field on Sunday at noon in their 2009 home finale.

Looking Back: Chelsea Winbush scored twice in the first 22 minutes, and UTEP never looked back en route to a dominating 2-0 triumph against East Carolina in front of a rowdy crowd of 894 at University Field on Sunday. The Miners dictated tempo and used stifling defense to never let the Pirates get on track. UTEP outshot ECU 16-8, including 8-3 over the first 45 minutes, while cruising to its third straight win. Tess Hall, Skye Schultz and Tameka Sumter all earned assists. Chandra Morden registered four saves in earning her fourth shutout of the year, with three of those coming in league play. Sumter scored twice, Schultz added a goal and an assist and UTEP's defense did the rest on the way to a 4-1 dismantling of Marshall at University Field on Friday.


Upcoming: UTEP will participate in the New Mexico Fall Invite Nov. 6-8 in Albuquerque.

Looking Back: Marina DeLuca notched a pair of victories to lead the way for the UTEP tennis team at the ITA Southwest Regional over the weekend. The Miners, who were participating in their third tournament of the fall, squared off against their toughest competition of the season to date. The event allowed the Orange and Blue to test themselves against some of the top talent in the region, while also providing valuable learning experiences in preparation for the 2010 dual-match season.


Upcoming: UTEP (9-13, 2-7 C-USA) will host Memphis on Friday (7 p.m.) and UAB on Sunday (1 p.m.).

Looking Back: UTEP fell to Marshall by scores of 25-23, 21-25, 26-24 and 25-22 in Huntington, W. Va. on Sunday. Three Miners posted double-double performances. For the fourth consecutive time, Catherine Chavez posted double-digit kills (12) and digs (10), while adding four blocks. Amy Sanders had a team-high 15 kills and registered 16 digs, while also contributing seven blocks. Patty Jarmoc recorded a team-best 17 digs and dished out 33 assists with seven service aces. Two Miners recorded double-digit kills as UTEP forced a fifth set before falling, 3-2 (27-25, 22-25, 25-22, 17-25, 17-15), to East Carolina on Friday in Greensville, N.C. Sanders had a match-high 21 kills and 13 digs, while Chavez tallied 15 kills and 13 digs. Jarmoc moved up to fourth place in the UTEP record book for career assists.

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