Feb. 25, 2010
Meet Schedule | Live Results
EL PASO - The UTEP track and field teams will travel to Houston, Texas, this weekend to compete in the Conference USA Indoor Championship hosted by the University of Houston at the Athletics Alumni Center.
The 17th-ranked women travel to the Bayou City to contend for the program's first ever conference championship beginning with the pentathlon at 8 a.m. (MT) on Friday. The team, fourth at last year's meet, will get a huge boost from All-American Blessing Okagbare's participation in the long jump and the 60- and 200-meter dashes.
Okagbare returned to action after sitting out the 2009 indoor season with an injury. The three-time 2010 C-USA Female Athlete of the Week has swept through the competition collecting gold in every long jump and 60-meter event this season. The senior owns the nation's best mark in both events. She holds the league's second best time in the 200m, 23.52.
Endurance Abinuwa will look to defend her 400-meter dash title from Houston's Kalyn Floyd and Tulsa's Jennifer Mace currently first and second, respectively, on the league's descending list.
Contending for her first championship is junior Terran Alexander in the women's weight throw. Alexander owns the league's best mark of 19.42m. She will have to hold off last year's runner-up, Ayla Gill from SMU, currently third, and UCF's Lakentra Thames.
The men will kick off competition on the field with All-American Dimitrios Fylladitakis, Hans Eriksson and Justin Kepple on the weight throw scheduled for 3 p.m. Fylladitakis will enter the event with the second-best mark this season, 20.90m, behind Memphis' Steffen Nerdal , 22.81m. Eriksson is third with a distance of 19.72m.
The running events will be underway at the sound of the gun for the women's 5,000-meter run at 4:00 p.m. (MT). Cross country All-American Risper Kimaiyo's time of 16:17.63 in the 5,000m ranks second among C-USA runners.
Defending titles for the men will be Anderson Mutegi in the men's 200 and 400 meters, Ronalds Arajs in the 60m and the 1,600m and distance medley relay squads.
Live results are available at: http://flashresults.com/flashtexas/cusaindoor10.