All-American Risper Kimaiyo became the first woman in program and also Conference USA history to claim back-to-back NCAA Cross Country Mountain Regional championships. She finished in a time of 20:35 to top the field at the 2011 edition of the event in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 19. Her efforts helped lead the squad to a 14th-place finish at the event, which was held at the East Bay Golf Course. Kimaiyo was selected as an at-large individual to compete at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which will take place in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21.
Joe Banyard picked up his third 100-yard rushing game of his career against East Carolina rushing 18 times for 140 yards. His 77-yard TD run in the fourth quarter clinched the game for the Miners. It was the longest run of his career and tied for the 10th-longest by a UTEP player. It also marked the second 70-plus yard run of the season (72 vs. Tulane) for Banyard who also recorded a career-high 24-yard reception in the contest. Banyard leads UTEP with 690 rushing yards and has been the Miners' leading rusher a team-high six times in 2011.