Miners Find Success at UTEP Springtime
March 22, 2014
EL PASO- The UTEP track and field team concluded their first meet of the outdoor season at the UTEP Springtime meet at Kidd Field.
The newcomers dominated the day of action as they proved they can compete with the veterans and are a threat to be reckoned with this season.
Kicking off the meet on the women’s side was Anna-Kay James, Jallycia Pearson, and Greta Kerekes in the 100m hurdles. The three hurdlers had an exciting first meet, taking a one-two-three finish. James came in first with a personal best time of 13.36, ranking her first in the nation in the event. Pearson followed in second place with her personal best time of 13.59 earning her the No. 6 spot in the national rankings. Kerekes finished third with 13.78, placing her at the No. 12 spot nationally.
Also proving to be a threat on the track were freshmen Florence Uwakwe and Aiyanna Stiverne as they captured gold and bronze medal finishes in the 400m dash. In her outdoor debut, Uwakwe registered the fastest time in the nation with a personal best time of 52.79. Stiverne also posted a personal best with a finish of 55.59.
Leading the distance squad were seniors Sandra Walker and Jackline Ekai as they both claimed bronze in the 1500m and 800m respectfully. Walker recorded a personal best time of 4:59.87 while Ekai matched her personal best of 2:20.63.
On the field, the Miners finished first and second in the triple jump as El Paso native Monica Lopez claimed the event with a leap of 11.97m (39-03.25). Teammate Rahelys Barsey took second place with a jump of 11.91m (39-01.00). Also competing in the event was Aeisha McDavid, who finished fourth with a mark of 11.59m (38-00.25).
Thrower Samantha Hall took third in the women’s discus with a mark of 48.45m (158-11). Teammate Aisha Lee also garnered a bronze finish for the Miners with a throw 44.21m (145-00) in the hammer throw.
Highlighting the men’s team was Cosmas Boit. The distance runner had a great meet obtaining two first place finishes in the 1500m and 800m. In the 1500m run, the freshman registered a time of 3:51.18 earning the 19th spot in the national rankings. In the 800m, Boit posted a mark of 1:52.48 ranking him 18th nationally.
Senior Elkana Rotich was the third runner to cross the finish line in the 1500m run with a time of 4:00.82.
Continuing the success for the distance squad was Evans Kiprono as he claimed his first gold medal of his career. The freshman came in first in the men’s 5,000m run with a mark of 15:59.71.
UTEP has some reinforcement this season in the hurdles with three Miners competing in the Orange and Blue. Sven Zellner led the men in the 110m hurdles as registered a time of 14:14 finishing in first place.
The Miners extended their success into the first relay of the day as underclassmen Sven Zellner, James Bias, Carlos Cavazos and Zachary Newman earned third place in the 4x100m relay with a time of 41.33.
On the field, Carlos Hernandez represented UTEP in the men’s high jump. The junior captured third with a mark of 2.10m (6-10.75).
Concluding the field events for the Miners was Marvin Emetom, who recorded a mark of 12.77m (41-10.75) in the men’s shot put taking silver in the event.
Both squads ended the meet with the 4x400m relay.
The Miners will be competing next week at the Texas Relays.