Miners Open Strong At Wes Kittley Six-Way
The UTEP track and field teams open the 2005 season with four NCAA provisional qualifying performances at the Wes Kittley Six-Way in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday.
“This was a good first meet overall,” said head coach Bob Kitchens. “There were some promising performances, but we are going to have to do better in two weeks and we shall.”
All-American Mickael Hanany made his UTEP debut by winning the high jump with a clearance of 7-3 (2.21) to provisionally qualify for the national meet. Sophomore T.J. Fakehinde was third with a mark of 6-7 1/2 (2.02).
Sophomore Daniel Ward posted a provisional time of 21.02 to take third in the 200-meter dash. The time should be fast enough to get him to the NCAA Championships in March.
Yinka Bello took fifth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.44. He ran 6.42 in the preliminaries earlier in the day.
Newcomer Patrick Mutai race for the first time as a Miner taking third in the 1,000-meter run. He crossed in 2:31.52.
Oguh and Alipo went 5-6 in the 400-meter run as well in 49.11 and 49.30, respectively.
Adriana Pirtea highlighted the season opener for the Miner women. She won the mile with a provisional qualifying time of 4:45.24 -- 14 seconds faster than her nearest opponent.
The Miner freshman also showed promise on Saturday.
Freshman Alina Joacabine won the 20-pound weight throw with a mark of 51-0 1/4 (15.55). UTEP had Kaisa Kiintonen (50-10/15.49) and Nina Schvedoff (50-6 1/4/15.41) take third and fourth in the event as well.
Freshman Lloret Axel placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 36-3 (11.05), while freshman Nicoya Hutchertson was fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:24.12.
The Miners also took fifth in the 1,600 relay in a time of 3:47.84. Hassan, Muhammed, Jacob and Alisha Leverett made up the unit.
The Miners will run next at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 4-5.