MINERS

Japheth Ng'ojoy
 Japheth Ng'ojoy

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kapsabet, Kenya

High School:
Kaptumpo Boys

Height / Weight:
5-6 / 125

Event:
Distance

Birthdate:
12/31/1987

Miner Nuggets: All-American by taking 22nd at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships ... ranks eighth in the school record books in the indoor 5,000 (14:04.05) and the outdoor 10,000 (28:24.48).

2007 (Junior): Cross Country: Part of a cross country team that automatically qualified for nationals and finished 10th at the NCAA Championships ... placed 51st at the national meet on Oct. 13 (30:48) ... placed 18th at the NCAA regional meet, as the team finished second for the automatic qualification ... helped the Miners break a meet record for points at the C-USA Championships by placing fourth in a 1-5 UTEP finish for a perfect score of 15 ... second at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Sept. 14 (23:20) ... placed fourth at the Lobo Invitational, where the Miners broke a meet record for points ... 42nd at the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 29 ...38th at the Pre-National Invitational where the Miners finished first in the blue race. Outdoor: Qualified for NCAA championships with an automatic and career-best mark of 28:24.48 at the Stanford Invitational on March 31, where he placed sixth ... finished 16th at the national meet in the event with a time of 29:35.50 ... first in the 10,000 at C-USA Championships on May 12 (29:58.12) and second in the 5,000-meter run with an NCAA regional time of 14:08.02 ... second in the 5,000 at the Drake Relays on April 26th (14:01.14). Indoor: First at the C-USA Championships in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:10.74, third in the 3,000-meter run (8:21.38) and seventh in the mile (4:13.58), helping the Miners to a runnerup conference finish ... posted an NCAA provisional time in the 5,000 at the NCAA Qualifier on March 3 with a time of 14:04.05 ... second in the 5,000 at the Husker Invite on Feb. 2 (14:24.54) and 12th at the Tyson Invite on Feb. 9 (14:15.54) ... placed second in the mile run at the Lobo Invitational on Jan. 20 (4:17.41) and third in the 3,000 (8:22.24).

2006 (Sophomore): Cross Country (2006): C-USA All-Academic ... helped UTEP win five meets during the season, including recording perfect scores at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational and the Kachina Classic ... placed 11th at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 11 to be selected to the All-Region team ... second team All-Conference by taking sixth at the C-USA Championships, helping the Miners win their second consecutive title ... led UTEP past Arkansas to win the Chile Pepper Invitational by taking 19th on Oct. 14 ... third at the Kachina Classic on Sept. 23 ... fifth at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Sept. 15 ... sixth at the Lobo Invitational on Sept. 9. Outdoor: NCAA qualifier in the 10,000, finishing 18th in 29:39.70 ... ran away with the 10,000 title at the C-USA Championships, finishing in 30:14.06 to assist UTEP in its title run ... also third in the C-USA 5,000 (14:44.77) ... set a PR of 28:38.73 by taking sixth in the 10,000 at the Stanford Invitational on March 31. Indoor: Took the silver in the 5,000 (14:22.89) and third in the 3,000 (8:17.91) at the C-USA Championships, helping the Miners win the team title ... NCAA provisional qualifier by taking sixth in the 5,000 (14:08.18) at the ISU Classic on Feb. 10 ... eighth in the 3,000 (8:24.99) at the Husker Invitational on Feb. 4 ... opened the season running 4:15.07 in the mile to take sixth at the Lobo Invitational on Jan. 21.

2005 (Freshman): Cross Country (2005): NCAA All-American by taking 22nd out of 253 runners at the NCAA Championships ... finished the 10k race in 30:08.0 to lead UTEP to a 14th-place team finish ... All-Region in cross country, placing fifth at the NCAA Mountain Regional in 30:39.8 ... first team All-C-USA after taking third at the C-USA Championships ... fourteenth out of 245 runners at the Chile Pepper Invitational on Oct. 10 in 29:45.5 ... meet champion at the Kachina Classic on Sept. 17 ... sixth at the Lobo Invitational ... third at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational. Outdoor: Held the world's fastest under-18 time in the 10,000-meter run (28:45.84) and the 18th-fastest under 20 ... NCAA qualifier, taking 25th in the 10,000 ... WAC champion in the 10,000 (29:43.99) ... third in the WAC 5,000-meter run (14:06.10) ... third in the 5,000 at the Drake Relays in 14:04.75 ... time ranked seventh in the world under 18 ... NCAA automatic qualifier in the 10,000 at the Stanford Invitational on March 25, taking 11th and running 28:45.84. Indoor: Second in the 3,000-meter run (8:27.40) and 5,000 (14:18.54) at the WAC Championships ... posted an NCAA provisional time of 14:05.15 to finish second in the 5,000 at the ISU Classic on Feb. 11 ... made his collegiate debut in the mile at the Husker Invitational on Feb. 5.

Before UTEP: Ran track and cross country for Coach Bore before coming to UTEP ... ran the 5,000 and 10,000 ... graduated with a B average from Kaptumo Boys High School.

Personal: Full name is Japheth Kikirui Ng'ojoy ... majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry ... son of Michael and Grace Kony ... has four brothers and three sisters ... born Dec. 31, 1987, in Nandi, Kenya.

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