The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named the UTEP men's cross country team a All-Academic team.
UTEP's Justice Chirchir has been named Conference USA Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year announced league officials on Tuesday.
Reigning Mountain Regional champion Risper Kimaiyo will look to defend her titles on Saturday, Nov. 13 when the UTEP men's and women's cross country teams take the field in Provo, Utah for the 2011 Mountain Regional Championships.
Reigning conference champions Risper Kimaiyo and Elkana Rotich will look to defend their titles on Monday, Oct. 31 when the UTEP men's and women's cross country teams take the field in Houston, Texas for the 2011 Conference USA Cross Country Championships.
Junior Risper Kimaiyo clocked in the top time of the day in the women's 6K taking first place for the second consecutive year at the 2011 Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. on Sunday.
2011 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
2011 (Junior):Took gold at the Conference USA Championships crossing the finish line with a personal-best of 23:39.0 and received All-Conference USA First Team honors ... was named the 2011 C-USA Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year, after leading the men's team to a second place finish at the C-USA Championships ... finished first at the Lori Fitzgerald meet with a time of 21:41.7, earning C-USA Athlete of the Week honors ... clocked in a time of 31:12.1 in the 10K at the NCAA Mountain Regional and finished 20th overall ... posted a time of 24:38 in the 8K race at the Pre-National meet ... at the Notre Dame Invitational was the 22nd collegiate runner to cross the finish line with a time of 24:39 ... opened the season with a seventh place finish at the Lobo Invitational with a time of 25:27.5.
2010 (Sophomore): Garnered Conference USA First Team honors with a silver finish at the conference championships crossing the finish line at 23:41 ... claimed the Kachina Classic title posting a time of 24:41 and earning C-USA Athlete of the Week honors ... finished second (top collegiate finisher) at the UTEP Lori Fitzgerald clocking in at 20:14 and was named the league's athlete of the week for the second consecutive week ... was eighth at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 24:05 ... opened the season with a 13th place at the Lobo Invitational posting a time of 25:34 ... was 29th at the NCAA Mountain Regional, 30:44.
2009 (Freshman): Finished seventh at Lobo Invitational with a time of 25:27.63 ... placed second at Lori FitzGerald Invitational with a time of 20:55.3 ... finished sixth at Kachina Classic clocking in at 26:37.5 ... finished 39th at Bill Dellinger Invitational with a time of 24:38.85 ... 90th at Pre-National Invitational with a time of 25:04.2 ... placed eighth at C-USA Championships clocking in with a time of 25:02.1 ... 46th at Mountain Region Championships with a time of 31:58.4.
Personal: Majoring in chemistry ... son of Erick and Milkah Melly ... has four siblings (Edward, Vibian, Joan, Valentine) ... born on April 23, 1987 in Nandi, Kenya.