MINERS

Jepchirchir Kigen
 Jepchirchir Kigen

Hometown:
Eldoret, Kenya

High School:
Archbishop Njenga Girls

Height:
5-8

Event:
Distance

Birthdate:
11/09/1985

2009 (Junior): Indoor: Took gold in the mile, 5:05.95, at the season opener Texas Tech Invitational ... finished sixth in the 3,000 meters, 9:57.53, at Frank Sevigne Invitational ... also sixth in the mile, 4:56.88, at the Texas A&M Invitational ... seventh in the mile at Conference USA Championships with a time of 10:16.06. Outdoor: Ran a 4:36.15 in the 1,500m at the Springtime Invitational for second ... posted a season best of 4:35.61 for seventh in the 1,500m at Texas Relays ... won gold at UTEP Invitational clocking in a 4:44.96 in the 1,500m ... 12th at Drake Relays in the 1,500m, 4:46.98 ... 13th at C-USA Championships with a time of 4:50.88.

2008 (Sophomore): Cross Country:
Top finisher in four of six meets ran...third at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational and at the Kachina Classic...seventh at the Lobo Invitational and at the C-USA Championships...26th at the Bill Dellinger Invitational and finished 29th at regionals.

2008 (Freshman) Indoor: Second place in the mile run at the Texas Tech Invitational with a time of 5:09.64 on Jan. 26...11th at the Frank Sevigne Initational, 5.10.25...12th at the C-USA Championships clocking in at 5:06.75...season-best 5.06.40 at the Iowa State Classic...placed 13th in the 3,000 meter run at the Frank Sevigne Invite, 10:43.66...19th at conference, 10:24.99. Outdoor (Sophomore): Champion in the 1,500 meter run at the Utep Invitational, 4:43.7, and at the Don Kirby Invitational, 4:49.89...seventh at C-USA Championships with a time of 4:46.73....finished eighth in the 5,000m at the Texas Relays, 17:53.77...19th at conference finishing in 18:35.79. Cross Country (2007): Top finisher for the Miners in two of five meets of the season including the Lobo Invitational (fifth) and the Mountain Region Championships (50th)...sixth at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational, 26th at the C-USA Championships...90th at the Bill Dellinger Invitational.

2007 (Freshman): Outdoor:
Placed seventh in the 1,500-meter run at C-USA Championships with a season and personal best time of 4:40.73 ... also posted a 25th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the conference meet ... third in the 1,500 at the NMSU Spring Classic on April 7 (4:55.55) and also at the UTEP Invite on April 14 (4:51.78) ... placed fourth at the Springtime Invitational in the 1,500 on March 31.

Before UTEP: Competed in the 1,500-meter run for coach Madam Kamwanya ... member of the Kenya National Examination Council ... graduated from Archibishop Njenga Girls High School in Webuye, Kenya.

Personal: Full name is Jepchirchir Kigen ... nickname is Chiree ... majoring in nursing ... daughter of John Kiprono Kigen and Hellen Kiprono ... related to steeplechase world record holder Saif Saaeed Shaheen (former Stephen Cherono) ... born Nov. 9, 1985, in Iten, Kenya.

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