April 2, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas – The UTEP track and field teams combined for seven individual titles at the Texas Tech Open on Saturday.
Aside from the seven crowns, the Miners ran off with a handful of improved marks and Conference USA bests.
“This was a really solid second meet for us,” head coach Mika Laaksonen. “In my opinion we achieved eight new pre-national meet qualifying marks and two individuals improved their marks from last week.
“Endurance (Abinuwa) is flying right now. Risper (Kimaiyo) ran a very good time in the 1,500m and Curtis (Kock) anchored the men’s 4x400m splitting 46.0. These were awesome highlights for us today. It was good to get through a long day without injuries.”
All-American Endurance Abinuwa set two personal bests on her way to a first place finish in the 400 meters and a third place in the 200-meter dash. Abinuwa’s time of 23.07 in the 200m ranks second in the UTEP recordbooks while the 400m (52.66) performance ranks fourth all-time.
The Miners swept the 1,500-meter races with All-American Risper Kimaiyo clocking in a time of 4:30.86 in the women’s race and Elkana Rotich posted a time of 3:49.79. Kimaiyo’s time ranks third in Conference USA. Justice Chirchir gave UTEP the one-two finish in the men’s event finishing 3:50.07 behind Rotich. Kathya Garcia was third in the women’s 1,500m with a time of 4:41.58.
Sister Karina Garcia ran off with a silver finish in the women’s 5,000 meters crossing the finish line at 18:26.54. Solomon Gardea was also second in the men’s 5,000m at 15:20.57.
Senior Robert Menjo claimed the men’s 3,000m steeplechase recording a time of 9:25.91. In the women’s section of the event, Gladys Chumba was third clocking in a time of 11:21.95, the time ranks third all-time in school history and fifth in league standings.
Senior Terran Alexander claimed a pair of crowns in the women’s hammer (51.50m) and in the shot put (13.53m). Tako Niare took first in the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.70m (5-07).
Other top finishes included the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m with silver crowns, Dimitrios Fylladitakis was second in the men’s hammer throw (65.75m), Tako Niare in the women’s shot put (3rd -12.19m), Justin Kepple in the men’s shot put (2nd-14.85m) and Amanda Pulido in the women’s discus (3rd-41.87m).
The Miners will be back in action next week in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Relays.