MINERS

Dominic Tanui
 Dominic Tanui

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kapsabet, Kenya

High School:
Mother of Apostles Seminary

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 150

Event:
Middle Distance

Birthdate:
02/02/1983

Miner Nuggets: NCAA All-American by taking third in the 800 at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships ... Conference USA's Freshman of the Year during the 2006 outdoor season ... school-record holder in the indoor 800 with a time of 1:47.81 ... ranks third in the school record book in the outdoor 800 (1:47.49) ... ranked 25th in the world in the 800 during the 2006 indoor season.

2007 (Junior): Cross Country (2007): Helped the Miners to a recordbreaking C-USA Championship performance on Oct. 27, placing fifth of five Miners (25:14) for a perfect team score of 15 ... finished 180th at the NCAA Championship where the Miners came in 10th ... placed 17th at the NCAA Mountain Regional, assisting UTEP to a second-place finish ... seventh at the Lobo Invitational, aiding UTEP to a record first-place team finish with 17 points ... placed 41st at the Bill Delinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore., on Sept. 29.

2007 (Sophomore): Outdoor: NCAA qualifier in the 800, after posting an NCAA regional time at four different meets ... did not advance out of the preliminary round ... took gold at the Springtime and UTEP Invitationals with respective 800m times of 1:48.74 and 1:49.18 ... Drake Relays champion in the 800 (1:47.79) and third in the 1,600-meter relay ... finished second at the C-USA Championships (season-best 1:47.85) in the 800 and first as part of the 1,600-meter relay ... anchored the 1,600 relay to a gold medal at the Texas Relays on April 6. Indoor: Set a meet record in the 800-meter run during the preliminary round at the C-USA Championships on Feb. 23 with a time of 1:51.12 and took gold in the final (1:52.52) ... finished first as part of the DMR, helping UTEP to a second-place conference finish ... qualified for nationals by posting an 800m time of 1:48.59 at the NCAA Qualifier on March 4 ... Lobo Invite 800m champion on Jan. 20 (1:50.63) ... finished fourth in the mile run (4:10.50) and took gold as part of the 1,600 relay at the Husker Invite on Feb. 3.

Cross Country (2006): Helped the Miners win five meets during the season, including recording perfect scores of 15 at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational and the Kachina Classic ... placed 27th at the NCAA Mountain Regional on Nov. 11 ... gained second team All-Conference honors by finishing eighth at the C-USA Championships, assisting UTEP to the meet title ... 21st of 288 runners, aiding UTEP past Arkansas to win the Chili Pepper Invitational on Oct 14 ... fifth at the Kachina Classic on Sept. 23 ... earned the C-USA Athlete of the Week award for winning the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Sept. 15 ... placed 19th at the Lobo Invitational on Sept. 9.

2006 (Freshman): Outdoor: NCAA qualifier in the 800, however did not advance out of the preliminary round ... NCAA Midwest Regional champion in the 800, running 1:47.63 ... ran a season-best 1:47.49 in the prelims of the 800 at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... runner-up in the 800 (1:50.24) and ran the third leg of the gold medal winning 1,600 relay to help the Miners win the C-USA outdoor title ... bronze medalist in the special final of the 800 (1:49.75) at the Drake Relays ... runner-up in the 800 (1:49.81) and first as part of the 1,600 relay at the UTEP Invitational on April 15 ... third in the A final of the 1,500 (3:44.49) at the Texas Relays on April 7 ... meet champion in the 800 (1:49.07) and the 1,600 relay at the Springtime Invitational on April 1. Indoor: NCAA All-American by taking third in the 800 (1:47.83) at the NCAA Championships on March 11 ... helped the Miners win the C-USA title by taking the gold in the distance medley relay and the 1,600 relay, as well as finishing as the runner-up in the 800 (1:52.20) ... set the school record in the 800, finishing in 1:47.81 to take third at the ISU Classic on Feb. 11 ... runner-up in the 800 (1:49.22) at the Husker Invitational on Feb 4 and was named the C-USA Athlete of the Week for his performance ... opened the season with a victory in the 800 (1:51.47) and taking third in the 1,600 relay at the Lobo Invitational on Jan. 21.

Cross Country (2005): Took 236th at the NCAA Championships to help UTEP to a 14th-place team finish ... made his collegiate debut at the NCAA Mountain Regional ... finished as UTEP's fifth runner, taking 47th in the 10k (32:33.7).

Before UTEP: Competed in the 800 and 1,500-meter runs as a prep for coach Patrick Cheposis and Mike Kosgei ... came to UTEP with PRs of 1:48.6 in the 800 and 3:48 in the 1,500 ... B honor roll student at Mother of Apostles Seminary.

Personal: Full name is Dominic Kiprono Tanui ... majoring in accounting ... son of the late Raymond and Monica Keino ... has two brothers and four sisters ... born Feb. 2, 1983, in Kapsabet, Kenya.