Miners Earn Mountain Region Honors
June 9, 2014
NEW ORLEANS – Two-time national champion Anthony Rotich was named Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year. Also garnering recognition was assistant coach Lacena Golding-Clarke, who was named the Women’s Mountain Regional Assistant Coach of the Year on Monday.
Trailblazing the Miners’ success this year was two-time NCAA Champion Anthony Rotich. The All-American topped the Division I qualifying list in the 3000-meter steeplechase and is No. 4 on the qualifying list in the 1500 meters. He also registered the NCAA West Prelims’ top time in the 3000-meter steeplechase with 8:38.80.
The Conference USA Champion garnered seven crowns this outdoor season including titles in the C-USA Championship steeplechase, 1500m and 5000m runs. He finished runner-up overall and first among collegians in the Payton Jordan Invitational steeplechase in a collegiate-leading 8:30.54 for the No. 23 time in the world in 2014.
A mainstay on the Bowerman Watchlist with eight appearances, Rotich is the only male from UTEP and the fourth from Conference-USA to appear on the Watchlist. He will contest the steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
Earning recognition for the women’s team was assistant coach Lacena Golding Clarke as she guided four athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championship this season.
Janice Jackson holds the program’s second-fastest time in the 100m hurdles (12.98), recorded at the NCAA West Prelims. The effort ranks her seventh heading into the national championship. In May, the All-American successfully defended her title in the 100m hurdles and led the 4x400m relay to a gold medal finish at the C-USA Championships.
Under Clarke’s leadership newcomer Anna-Kay James boasted a career-best time of 13.40 in the 100m hurdles at the NCAA, ranking her 11th heading into the finals. The junior claimed bronze in the event at her first C-USA Outdoor Championship.
An El Paso native, Pearson will be competing in the heptathlon. The multi-event athlete holds the top performance in program history with 5,576 points as part of a gold-medal performance at the C-USA Championship. The junior is the first in program to qualify in the heptathlon. She heads to the NCAA Championship ranked 10th.
Making her third NCAA Championship appearance Wilson will be competing in the triple jump. The Jamaican native ranks sixth in the nation with a career-best leap of 13.38m (43-10.75). The junior holds the fourth all-time jump in school history.
For a complete list of all the award winners please visit, www.ustfccca.org.