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UTEP Athletics Update - October 26, 2009

Jeff Moturi

Jeff Moturi

Oct. 26, 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 Oct. 17. 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 (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) takes on UAB (2-5, 2-2 C-USA) in a Halloween matinee in the Sun Bowl. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Sun Bowl. Saturday marks "Take a Kid to the Game Day" and a youth ticket is free with the purchase of an adult ticket. There will be Halloween-themed activities in the "Fun Zone," including trick or treating and a costume contest. The top five costume winners will be on display during the game on the field. The UTEP Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be collecting canned goods for the West Texas Food Bank.

Looking Back: Donald Buckram rushed for 165 yards and a two fourth-quarter touchdowns -- including the game-winner with 29 seconds remaining -- as UTEP stormed back from an 11-point deficit in the final period to beat Tulsa, 28-24, on Oct. 21 in the Sun Bowl. The Miners trailed 24-13 with 12:37 to play before their defense forced three and outs on three straight possessions by the Golden Hurricane. UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe capitalized by engineering scoring drives of 61 and 54 yards, and UTEP secured its biggest fourth quarter comeback win since 2007 at SMU. No play was bigger than a fourth-and-three at the Tulsa 12-yard line midway through the final period, which Vittatoe converted by throwing a four-yard pass to Buckram - setting up the touchdown that sliced the Golden Hurricane's lead to three points. UTEP got off to a great start, scoring the game's first 13 points, then allowed 24 unanswered to the Golden Hurricane before finishing strong. Vittatoe shrugged off a rough first half in which he threw two interceptions in Hurricane territory to complete 17-of-38 attempts for 271 yards. Tulsa hadn't allowed a rushing touchdown all season before yielding two to Buckram in the final frame.


Upcoming: The Miners will participate in the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday in Las Cruces.

Looking Back: UTEP finished 11th out of 12 teams at the Lone Star Invite last week in San Antonio. The Miners had their best round of the tournament on Monday (295) to finish with a two-day total of 915. Texas A&M was the tournament champion with 848. UTEP's Tanner Taff tied for 21st place with a seven-over-par 223. David Persons tied for 32nd place (225), Devin Miertschin tied for 51st place (233), Jerry Castrellon tied for 55th place (237) and Ross Rotwein tied for 59th place (243).


Upcoming: Fall season complete. UTEP opens its spring season at the Islander Invitational Feb. 28-March 2 in Corpus Christi.

Looking Back: The Miners claimed an 11th-place showing at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate last week in Greenville, N.C. The Miners posted rounds of 308, 301 and 301 for a total of 910 at the two-day tournament. Georgia State was champion of the 15-team field (879). UTEP's Rosana Gomez earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after shooting a five-over-par 218 (74-72-72) to tie for fourth place, seven strokes back of champion Tara McFadden of Elon University (211). The Miners' Deborah Martinez tied for 36th place (81-73-77-231), Ana Pastor tied for 48th place (83-76-75-234), Shang-Fan Huang tied for 52nd place (76-82-77-235) and Teresa Nogues tied for 57th place (77-80-79-236).


Upcoming: The Miners will shoot at Nevada on Saturday.

Looking Back: A day after falling to Nevada 4578-4570, the Miners rebounded to defeat the Wolf Pack 4564-4563 and take second in a triangular match on Sunday at the UTEP Rifle Range. Alaska won the event with an aggregate score of 4646. UTEP's Alix Moncada fired 593 in air gun on Saturday against Nevada, tying her second-best score this season. Moncada also recorded a team-best 578 in smallbore. The Miners opened the weekend with scores of 2319 and 2251 in air rifle and smallbore, respectively, but it was not enough to overcome the Wolf Pack, which posted a 4578 (2305 SB/2273 AR) aggregate. Paced by Andrea Palafox, the Miners rebounded on Sunday, taking second to Alaska with a 4564 score. UTEP finished one point higher than third-place finisher Nevada. Palafox registered a score of 589 in air gun to lead the Miners. Moncada followed close behind with 580. Hannah Muegge shot 577 and Josie Burzynski recorded 553 for a combined team tally of 2307. Moncada fired a team-best 578 in smallbore. Burzynski finished with 565, Muegge 558 and Palafox 556, giving the Miners a 2257 total.


Upcoming: UTEP (13-5, 7-3 C-USA) wraps up the regular season with a match at Colorado College on Friday.

Looking Back: The Miners played a couple of 1-0 matches over the weekend at University Field, topping Houston on Friday before dropping a heartbreaker to Rice on Sunday. Tameka Sumter notched her team-leading ninth goal in the 71st minute and UTEP's defense did the rest as the Miners downed Houston in front of 925 fans who packed the field for "Senior Night." The Miners' fourth straight victory ensured them a spot in the six-team field for the 2009 Conference USA Championships Nov. 4-8. UTEP dominated the Cougars, who did not muster a shot on goal. The Miners had no such issues, registering six shots on goal, including five in the opening period. The Owls' Jessica Ross scored her first goal of the season at 74:45 of the second half, and Rice escaped El Paso with a victory despite the Miners holding an 8-6 edge in shots on goal. UTEP generated plenty of scoring opportunities on the day, but Rice's defense bent and never broke. The Miners almost broke through in the 70th minute, but an Owl defender made a team save by stopping a shot from Jo Radcliffe on the goal line.


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 Oct. 16-18 in Waco. 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 (10-14, 3-8 C-USA) will play at Tulsa on Friday and at SMU on Sunday.

Looking Back: The Miners followed up a three-set win over Memphis on Friday with a four-set loss to UAB on Sunday. Both matches were played at Memorial Gym. Catherine Chavez had 16 kills and hit .324 in UTEP's 25-18, 25-19, 25-15 triumph over the Tigers. The Miners dominated in hitting percentage, .276 to .092. KeAnne Langford chipped in with 12 digs and Patty Jarmoc had 32 assists. Chavez added a double-double with 15 kills and 18 digs in UTEP's 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19 defeat at the hands of the Blazers. Amy Sanders contributed 13 kills and seven digs, while Jarmoc dished out 41 assists.

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