May 12, 2012
New Orleans, La. - The UTEP track and field men’s team is second after day two of competition at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The squad has accumulated a total of 39 points in the championships, putting the Miners in good position heading into the finals tomorrow. Houston currently leads with 49 points.
Freshman Anthony Rotich claims silver in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 8:56.39. Rotich put the Miners in second place as they wrap up the second day of competition.
Junior Donovant Grant takes bronze at the C-USA Championships in the men’s long jump. Grant posted a personal-best of 7.34m (24-01.00) earning the men’s team six points in the leaderboard. The junior also earned UTEP two additional points in the men’s high jump.
In the men’s 400m prelims the squad clocked in three first place finishes with Curtis Kock leading the team with a time of 47.23. Newcomers Abiola Onakoya and A-Shawni Mitchell also advanced to the finals with times of 48.19 and 49.20, respectively.
Three more men move on to the finals in the 100m dash scheduled for tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. Anthony Wright took second in the final heat recording a time of 10.88, followed by Kyron Joseph and Kristian Dillard with times of 11.04 and 11.05, respectively.
In the final sprint competition of the day four Miners from the men’s team qualify for the 200m finals. Onakoya and Dillard crossed the finish line first in their individual heats. Onakoya posted a time of 21.32 and Dillard registered a personal-best of 21.42. Wright and Kock also advanced with times of 21.53 and 21.76, respectively.
Janice Jackson crosses the finish line first in her heat in the women’s 100m hurdles prelims. The sophomore posted a personal-best of 13.40 finishing third overall and earning a spot in the finals. Also advancing to the finals is Samantha Sharper recording a season-best time of 13.95. Sharper competed in the 400m hurdles and registered a time of 1:01.29 earning a spot in the finals tomorrow.
All-American Endurance Abinuwa finishes second in the final heat of the women’s 100m dash. The senior posted a time of 11.77 earning a spot in the finals tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. (CT).
Senior Marine Menez finished fourth overall in the women’s heptathlon Saturday morning with a total of 5,074 points. In the final event of the heptathlon, Menez clocking in a time of 2:22.28 in the 800m taking second place.
The Miners will take the field tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the men’s javelin throw. The running events are set to begin at 6 p.m. with the men’s 4x100m relay.