Miners Kickoff Season on a High Note
Jan. 18, 2014
Albuquerque, N.M. - The UTEP track and field team kicked off the indoor season at the Lobo Collegiate Open in the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday.
The Miners took the track for the first time this year and set the bar high for the rest of the season.
On the men's side sprinter A-Shawni Mitch claimed bronze in the 600m run with a personal best of 1:20.51. El Paso native Daniel Tarango followed right behind with a personal best of 1:21.01.
Adding to the men's speed was sprinter Mark Jackson who garnered a 23rd national ranking with a 6.74 finish in the 60m dash. Continuing his success Jackson captured silver in the 200m dash with a time of 21.57. Newcomer James Bias trailed close behind with a time of 21.79 finishing sixth out of 26 runners.
Hurdler Sven Zellner added to the Miners' success as he placed second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.22.
On the distance side, Anthony Rotich ran the one mile run claiming gold with a time of 4:10.72.The junior's time ranks him third on the TFRRS performance list. Teammate Cosmas Boit was the second collegiate runner to cross the finish line in the event with a time of 4:13:07.
In the field events the Orange and Blue was represented by Carlos Hernandez who finished third with a mark of 2.00m (6-06.75) in the high jump.
Kicking off the meet on the women's side was Taylor Gunn. The junior had an exciting first meet, throwing a personal best of 14.77m (48-05.50). The thrower finished eighth overall.
Also proving to be threat on the field this season is Nickevea Wilson in the women's long jump. The junior took second place in the event with a personal best of 6.01m (19-08.75). Wilson's mark ranks her 19th in the TFRRS performance list.
Adding to the women's success was hurdler Janice Jackson in the 60m hurdles. The senior posted a personal best of 8.20 winning the event by 0.23 seconds garnering her fourth on the TFRRS performance list. Following right behind was transfer Anna-Kay James who claimed second with a finish of 8.43. Rounding out the event for the Miners was Jallycia Pearson who posted a personal best of 8.58.
Jackson and James continued their success in the 200m dash as Jackson captured first with a time of 24.41 and James finished fourth with 24.98. Fellow teammate freshman Aiyanna Stiverne finished the event ninth with a time of 25.13.
The Miners will return to Albuquerque next weekend to compete at New Mexico's Cherry & Silver Invitational.