Distance Runners Lead the Way at Texas Tech Open

Daniel Tarango

April 5, 2014

Lubbock, Texas – El Paso native Daniel Tarango continues to be a threat on the track as he claimed a bronze-medal finish in the 800m run at the Texas Tech Open on Saturday.

The distance runner clocked in a time of 1:52.82 beating 35 runners and ranking him fifth in Conference USA.

Teammates Elkana Rotich and Evans Kiprono rounded out the distance squad’s success at they captured a one-four finish in the 5,000m run. Rotich took first with a time of 15:16.78 while Kiprono followed in at fourth with a personal best time of 15:40.32.

On the sprints side, the Miners were led by Reginald Hinson who registered a personal-best of 10.48 in the 100m dash with a wind of 2.5. Mark Jackson also recorded a finish of 10.48 in the event but with a wind of 2.7. The sprinters’ performances tie them for third place in league action and 45th nationally.  

Sven Zellner and Tommy McCoy represented the Orange and Blue in the hurdles as they both posted top-ten finishes. Zellner placed sixth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.61 and a wind of 3.3. McCoy finished 10th in the 400m hurdles with 55.03.



On the field, El Paso native Carlos Hernandez registered a leap of 2.06m (6-09.00) to take fourth in the high jump.

Leading the women’s team on the field was Taylor Gunn. Competing for the first time this season, the junior recorded two fourth-place finishes in the discus and hammer throw. Gunn posted a toss of 49.18m (161-04) in the discus throw, ranking her second in Conference USA. She then went on to register a personal-best toss of 48.56m (159-04) in the hammer throw to rank seventh in C-USA.

Samantha Hall and Aisha Lee also delivered personal-best performances on the field today. Hall posted a toss of 48.88m (160-04) in the discus throw ranking her third in the league while Lee recorded a toss of   44.61 (146-04) in the hammer throw to rank her 16th in C-USA. 

In the women’s triple jump Monica Lopez registered a personal-best leap of   12.19m (40-00.00) with a wind of 2.8. The El Paso native’s performance garnered her fifth place and ranks her 10th in Conference USA.

On the hurdles, five Miners claimed top-ten performances for UTEP. Junior transfer Anna-Kay James captured a silver-medal finish in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.38 and a wind of 2.2. Brianna McGhee followed in fourth place (13.82 W:2.2, Bria Love in sixth place (13.98 W:3.2), Greta Kerekes (14.08 W:2.2), and Aeisha McDavid in ninth (14:15 W:3.2).

Leading the distance squad was El Paso native Laura Delgado who placed eighth out of 20 runners in the 1,500m run with a time of 5:02.33.

For full results please visit: http://www.spato.us/ttu/2014/a5/.





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