Women Trail Rice After Day One
Feb. 29, 2008
Highlighting a solid performance by the women's squad, newcomer Blessing Okagbare broke a 22-year-old UTEP record today as she jumped 6.65m (21-10.00) in the long jump at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Houston, Texas. The automatic qualifying jump also sets new Conference USA and Yeoman Field House records and is the second best NCAA jump of the year.
The women's team trails Rice by four points heading into the final day of competition.
Senior Nina Schvedoff posted a first-place performance in the 20-pound weight throw category with a season-best mark of 18.99 (62-03.75), reclaiming her 2006 title. She was followed by Keisha Walkes, who took third with a mark of 17.85m (58-06.75).
Nelly Tchayem posted a fourth-place finish in the long jump behind Okagbare with a mark of 5.97 (19-07).
On the men's side, UTEP took two of the top three honors in the men's 5,000m as seniors Patrick Mutai and Japheth Ng'ojoy clocked times of 14:19.37 and 14:35.48 for first and third places, respectively.
The UTEP men finished day one tied with Memphis for third place with 37 points.
In the 800-meter run, Dominic Tanui and Aggrey Chirchir finished first and second with qualifying times of 1:51.29 and 1:53.82, respectively.
Four Miner women qualified for tomorrow's finals, including Halimat Ismaila, who qualified for two events, scoring NCAA provisional marks in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.35 and taking second in the 200m (24.28). She was followed by newcomer Gladys Nwaubani, who ran a 60-meter dash qualifying time of 7.49.
El Paso native Brissia Montalvo recorded a personal best time in the 5,000m run, clocking in at 17:33.
The meet concludes tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. with the final three events of the heptathlon. Field events get underway at 11 a.m. with the women's shot put. The women's mile will kick off the running events at 1 p.m. with the team awards presentation slated to begin at 5 p.m.