Miners Conclude Action in Cherry and Silver Invitational
Jan. 21, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M. - Endurance Abinuwa takes her second consecutive crown at the Cherry and Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
“Today she took first in the 60m and ran a strong leg in the 4x400m relay,” said assistant coach Scott Roberts. “We are very pleased with her performance and she should be ready for the conference meet in a couple of weeks.”
The Nigerian native, took first-place in the women’s 60m dash registering a time of 7.44. Abinuwa also led the women’s 4x400m relay team to a second-place finish posting a time of 3:47.21 (Janice Jackson, Abinuwa, Kitria Stewart and Yolanda Suggs).
“The relay was definitely a photo finish,” said Roberts. “It was better then last week and we hope to continue improving.”
Also highlighting the women’s squad is All-American Risper Kimaiyo in the 3,000m run as she finished first clocking in a time of 9:47.09. This is the seniors second top-five finish this season.
Leading the women’s hurdle team is the sophomore transfer from Clemson, Janice Jackson, who took silver in the 60m hurdles recording a time of 8.46. While teammate Marine Menez clocked in a time of 8.82 to take 13th overall.
On the men’s side junior Elkana Rotich had two silver finishes in the mile run and the 3,000m run. The Kenyan native clocked in a season-best of 4:13.44 in the men’s mile run and posted a time of 8:40.92 in the 3,000m. This is Rotich third second-place finish this season.
Crossing the finish line behind Rotich is Justice Chirchir, as he took third-place in the men’s 3,000m with a time of 8:41.60. The senior also participated in the mile, clocking in a time of 4:16.71, while Juan Blanco registered a time of 4:21.16.
Representing UTEP in the men’s 400m dash was Kock with a fourth-place finish (48.43), Mitchell finishing ninth (48.97) and Hamm taking 15th overall (49.59).
On the field, El Paso native Matt Dudley took fifth-place in the shot put with a mark of 16.37m (53-08.50).
The Miners will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Nebr.