Miners Set to Compete at C-USA Championships
Feb. 22, 2013
Birmingham, Ala. - The UTEP track and field team is prepared to take on the competition at the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
The Miners are strong then ever and return to Birmingham, Ala. with reinforcement this season. The men’s squad comes into the championships ranked sixth in the mountain region.
Returning to the track this season is Anthony Rotich, who starting mid-season last year and finished second in the 5,000m at the 2012 C-USA Championships. This season, Rotich has proven to be a threat clocking in the fifth-fastest time in the nation in the 5,000m according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) with a time of 13:38.58 recorded at the UW Husky Classic.
Rotich not only excels in one event, but he also holds the No. 6 spot in the nation in the men’s mile. The All-American has not slowed down for a second as he clocked in an altitude time of 3:57.76 in the mile at the New Mexico Classic. The sophomore will be running in the mile, 3,000m and 5,000m this weekend. He will kickoff the running events on Saturday with the 5,000m at 4 p.m. (MT)
Also highlighting the men’s squad is Texas transfer Mark Jackson, who has leaped out on the field. The junior currently sits in the No. 10 spot in the nation in the triple jump with a mark of 15.86m (52-00.50) registered at the Texas A&M Invitational. The jumper also competed in the long jump in College Station, Texas and registered a leap of 7.35m (24-01.50) claiming the top spot in Conference USA heading into the Conference Championships. Jackson will be partaking in the 60m, long jump and triple jump starting Saturday at 6:10 p.m.
Returning for his final season as a Miner is Conference USA champion Anthony Wright. The senior sprinted out of the blocks last year in the 60m posting a winning time of 6.74. Wright will be competing in the 60m and 200m dash this weekend.
On the women’s side, Janice Jackson has picked up where she left off last season. She has posted three first-place finishes in the 60m hurdles in all of the Miners meets, thus far. The junior is ranked 17th in the nation and second in C-USA in the event. Jackson couldn’t be stopped as she clocked in a time of 8.29 at the Texas A&M Invitational, barley missing her own school record.
On the field, sophomore Nickevea Wilson has set the bar high for the 2013 season. The newcomer is ranked 29th in the nation in the triple jump with a leap of 12.52m (41-01.00) posted at the New Mexico Classic. Her performance has also earned her the No. 2 spot in the league. She will be taking the filed in the long jump and triple jump beginning on Saturday in the long jump at 4 p.m.
For live results from the Championships please visit, www.flashresultstexas.com/2013/cusaindoor13/.