MINERS

Elias Koech
 Elias Koech

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Iten, Kenya

High School:
St. Patrick's H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 152

Experience:
2L

Miner Nuggets: NCAA All-American during the 2006 indoor season, placing seventh in the 800 at the NCAA Championships ... in the UTEP record book, ranks third in the indoor 800 (1:48.55) and fourth in the outdoor 800 (1:47.62) ... ranked tied for 51st in the world during the indoor 2006 season in the 800.

2006 (Sophomore): Cross Country (2006): Finished 61st in 33:06.9 at the NCAA Mountain Regional on Nov. 11 ... took 29th at the C-USA Championships ... 65th at the Chili Pepper Invitational ... runner-up at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Sept. 15 ... took 15th at the Lobo Invitational. Outdoor: Ran in the semifinals of the 800 at the NCAA Championships ... third in the 800 (1:47.94) at the NCAA Midwest Regional on May 27 ... C-USA champion in the 800 (1:50.13) and 1600 relay (3:09.33) ... placed fourth in the special final of the 800 (1:49.85) at the Drake Relays on April 29 ... meet champion in the 800 (1:49.42) and 1600 relay (3:11.56) at the UTEP Invitational on April 15 ... anchored the 1600 sprint medley relay team which won the Texas Relays and set a new school record with a time of 3:16.63 ... took the gold in the 400 (47.53) and 1600 relay (3:10.09) at the Springtime Invitational on April 1. Indoor: NCAA All-American by taking seventh in the 800 at the NCAA Championships in 1:48.55 ... did not finish the prelims of the event after being knocked down, but advanced to the finals after protest ... C-USA champion in the 800 (1:51.72) and as member of the 1600 relay (3:15.89) ... ninth in the 800 (1:48.60) at the ISU Classic on Feb. 11 ... third in the 800 (1:50.87) at the Husker Invitational on Feb. 4 ... placed sixth in the 400 (47.81) and third as part of the 1600 relay (3:12.97) at the Lobo Invitational on Jan. 21.

2005 (Freshman): Cross Country (2005): Competed at the NCAA Championships, but did not finish ... was 79th at the NCAA Mountain Regional in a time of 33:52.9 ... placed 22nd at the Conference USA Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 29 ... fourth at both the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Sept. 2 and the Kachina Classic on Sept. 17 ... UTEP's fifth runner (61st overall) at the Chile Pepper Invitational on Oct. 15. Outdoor: Seventh in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Midwest Regional on May 29, running a personal-best 1:49.11 ... WAC Champion in the 800 (1:50.02) ... fifth in the 1600 relay at the conference championships ... 800 titles at the Springtime Invitational (1:50.76) on April 2 and the Spira Invitational (1:49.82) on April 16 ... anchored the 1600 relay to the meet title at the Spira Invitational as well ... anchored the relay in the prelims of the Drake Relays on April 29. Indoor: WAC Freshman of the Year ... won three conference golds ... won the 800 (1:51.23), the 1600 relay (3:14.06) and distance medley relay (10:10.18) ... placed 12th in the 800 at the ISU Classic with a season best and NCAA provisional time of 1:48.65 ... also sixth as part of the DMR at the ISU Classic ... second in the 800 at the Husker Invitational (1:50.43) on Feb. 5 ... additionally third as part of the 1600 relay at Lincoln ... made his collegiate debut as part of the 1600 relay which finished fifth at the Texas Tech Six Way on Jan. 22.

Before UTEP: Ran cross country and track for Brother Colm before coming to UTEP ... competed in the 800 at the 2004 Kenya Championships ... second in the 800 with a time of 1:50.6 at the North Rift Championships ... came to UTEP with a personal best of 1:49.5 in the 800 and 47.5 in the 400.

Personal: Full name is Elias Kipruto Koech ... majoring in accounting ... son of Christopher and Lucy Tarei ... has two brothers and three sisters ... born June 4, 1985 in Iten, Kenya.