Samoei Ends Career As All-American

June 8, 2007

UTEP's Stephen Samoei wrapped up his collegiate track and field career in grand fashion at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday.

Samoei earned his first NCAA All-America honors on the track by finishing sixth in the 10,000-meter run. He finished with a time of 28:55.83. A two-time All-American in cross country, Samoei has one semester of eligibility next fall.

Japheth Ng'ojoy also took 16th in 29:35.50.

UTEP also had two runners advance in the 800-meter run and Erma Gene Evans in the javelin.

Elias Koech, an NCAA All-American in the event indoors, won his heat to qualify for Saturday's final (11:19 a.m. MST). He ran the semifinal's fourth-best time of 1:48.64.

Dominic Kiprono Tanui, who ran in Koech's heat, led the race for the first 600 meters, but fell off and failed to qualify for the final. He was sixth in the section with a time of 1:49.89.

In the women's race, two-time All-American Fatimoh Muhammed was third in her heat to automatically move on to the final, which is scheduled for 11:28 a.m. MST Saturday. She crossed in the third-fastest time of the semifinals in 2:03.57.

Evans bettered the automatic qualifying distance on her second throw with a heave of 179-2 (54.61). She will throw in the final at 11 a.m. MST on Saturday.

Tanui and Koech did not have enough fire power left to lift the 1,600-meter relay to the finals. They teamed up with John Alipio and Daniel Ward to run a season-best of 3:07.13. The time ranks as the fourth best in school history.

The Miners will have Nelly Tchayem in the qualifying of the triple jump (4:15 p.m. MST) and Alex van der Merwe in the final of the javelin (8:15 p.m. MST) on Friday.

The NCAA Championships run through Saturday.



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