MINERS

Blessing Okagbare
 Blessing Okagbare

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sapele, Nigeria

High School:
Z.K. Grammar School

Last College:
Delta State University

Height:
5-9

Event:
Jumps

Birthdate:
10/09/1988

07/29/2014

Okagbare Smashes Commonwealth Games 100m Record

UTEP Track and Field alum Blessing Okagbare secures Nigeria first Athletics gold medal of the XX Commonwealth games.

07/08/2014

UTEP Miners Shine at Trials

UTEP track and field sprinter Aiyanna Stiverne will be going for gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2014 World Junior Championships.

06/09/2014

Seven Miners Head to NCAA Championships

Seven athletes from the UTEP track and field team are set to compete on the national stage in Eugene, Ore.

04/16/2014

Rotich Continues as a Mainstay on Bowerman Watch List

Anthony Rotich makes his fifth appearance on the Bowerman Watch List

03/15/2014

Rotich Takes Crown and Men's Team Finish Eighth at NCAA Championships.

All-American Anthony Rotich captured the NCAA title in the mile leading the men's team to an eighth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships .

Miner Nuggets: Bronze medalist in the long jump at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with a personal best of 6.91 (22-8) for Nigeria.

2009: Indoor: Redshirted. Outdoor: Finished fifth in the triple jump and eight in the long jump at the 2009 NCAA Championships to earn USTFCCCA All-America honors, was ninth in the 100-meter dash ... tabbed the Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year ... earned Conference USA Performance and High Point Scorer of the Meet ... named a Honda Collegiate Women Sports Award nominee ... Midwest Region champion in the long jump with a leap of 6. 65m (21-10), third in the triple, 13.47m (44-02.50) ... claimed four crowns at the C-USA Championships with gold in the 100m (11.21), long jump (6.90m), triple jump (13.73m) and as the anchor for the 4x100m relay (45.04) ... first in the 100-meter dash clocking in a PR of 11.21 at the Don Kirby Invitational ... part of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays that took second at the Drake Relays with times of 44.92 and 1:35.43 respectively ... UTEP Invitational champion in the long jump (6.86m) and in the 4x100m relay (45.25) ... second in the triple jump at the Texas Relays (44-04.25) and sixth with the 400-meter relay ... top finish in the long jump (6.44m) and 4x100m relay (45.36) at the Springtime Invitational.

2008 (Junior): Indoor:
Earned a pair of All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships, taking silver in the long jump (6.63) and fourth in the triple (13.57), leading UTEP to a 13th place finish...named the USTFCCCA Women's Field Athlete of the Year and the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Female Newcomer of the Year...claimed the C-USA Championship crowns in the long and triple jumps en route to breaking the UTEP and C-USA records in both events...the mark of 6.65 (21-10.00) in the long jump was second best NCAA as she headed into the national meet ranked top three in both events. Outdoor: Three-time All-American, taking silver in the triple jump with a PR and school record mark of 14.01 (45-11.75), third in the long jump, 6.59 (21-7 ½), and ran anchor for the sixth place 4x100-meter team...led the women to the best finish ever, 10th, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...named the USTFCCA Mountain Region Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Female Newcomer of the Year...Conference USA long jump and triple jump champion...set C-USA records in the triple with a jump of 13.86 (45-5.75) and in the long jump with a mark of 6.7 (21-11.75)...set a UTEP and regional qualifying mark in her first outing in the long jump at the Springtime Invitational, 6.78 (22-3), at the time the world's best mark of the year and a Kidd Field record...helped the Miner women rank as high as sixth nationally during the season...finished second in the long jump, 6.41 (21-00.5) at the Drake Relays...a two-time C-USA Athlete of the Week.

Before UTEP:
Set a one-time record for Nigeria at the Mobile Track and Field Championships in May 2007 by finishing with a leap of 14.13 meters in the triple jump ... earned a silver medal in the long jump and finished fourth in the triple jump at the All-Africa Games in May 2007 ... competed at the World Junior Championships in 2006.

Personal: General studies major ... daughter of Margaret and Francis Okagbare ... born Oct. 9, 1988, in Sapele, Nigeria.