Miners Currently in First Place at Texas A&M Invitational
Feb. 8, 2014
College Station, Texas – The UTEP men’s distance medley posted the third fastest time in school history as they captured the crown in the event at the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Action continues on Saturday with a start time of 11 a.m.
Following the first day of action at the Texas A&M Invitational, UTEP leads the men’s field with 20 points, and UCLA is currently in second with 14. They are followed by Baylor (13), Texas A&M (10), Tennessee (10) and LSU (8).
As the race began there was a fight for first between Boit and UCLA’s Ferdinand Edman but Boit stretch out into a lead and never looked back. The freshman kept the lead from the 400.56m mark all the way through the 1200m finishing with a time of 2:58.
In the second leg of the race, Onakoya was able to sustain the Miners lead as he ran a 46.5 in the 400m.
El Paso native, Tarango took over for the third leg, running a 1.52 but Philip Kostelnik from UCLA followed up behind him rapidly catching him and stealing the Miners’ lead.
After falling back into second place with a leg remaining, Roitch regained the lead as he not only caught up to but also surpassed UCLA’s Nick Hartle as he ran a 3.59.
Their time of 9.37.31 is the third fastest in Miner history, and currently ranks them seventh in the nation and first in the Conference USA.
Continuing the success for the Orange and Blue was Elphas Maiyo, who captured his first crown of the season in the 5,000m run.
As the race started, Maiyo kept in front as he was able to sustain 70 seconds every 400. Midway, the race broke into two, leaving Maiyo, UCLA’S Michael McCabe, and Texas A&M’s Ryan Miller to fight for first place.
Focused, Maiyo took the lead in the last 1k and he lead on to personal best finish of 14:29.64.
On the women’s side, Jallycia Pearson competed in the pentathlon for the first time this season. The junior took second in the 60m hurdles with a finish of 8.64 and fourth in shot put with 11.31m. Ultimately, Pearson finished fourth with a total of 3,649 points.