MINERS

Stephen Samoei
 Stephen Samoei

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Eldoret, Kenya

High School:
Nakuru H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-6 / 120

Experience:
3L

Miner Nuggets: The 2006 and 2005 Conference USA Athlete of the Year in cross country ... ranks seventh in the indoor 5000 (13:59.86) and eighth in the outdoor 10000 (28:36.71) in the school record books ... two-time NCAA All-American in cross country, taking 13th in 2006 and 20th in 2005.

2006 (Junior): Cross Country (2006): The C-USA Athlete of the Year ... C-USA All-Academic ... gained All-America honors by taking 13th at the NCAA Championships by finishing the 10k in 31:15.5 ... All-Region by finishing fifth at the NCAA Moutain Regional on Nov 11, running 30:17.2 ... C-USA silver medalist, running 24:32.23 to help UTEP to its second-consecutive C-USA title ... gained the C-USA Athlete of the Week honors by finishing as the runner-up out of 288 runners at the Chili Pepper Invitational on Oct. 14 ... silver medalist at the Kachina Classic ... placed sixth at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational ... won the Lobo Invitational on Sept. 9 to earn C-USA Athlete of the Week honors. Outdoor: USTFCCCA Academic All-American ... NCAA qualifier in the 10000, taking 20th in 29:57.10 after battling flu-like symptoms a week prior to the championships ... C-USA silver medalist in the 5000 (14:43.79) and fourth in the 1500 (3:49.34) to lead the Miners to the C-USA title ... won the 5000 (14:08.59) at the prestigious Drake Relays on April 27 ... ran a PR of 28:36.71 to finish fifth in the 10000 at the Stanford Invitational on March 31. Indoor: C-USA champion in the 5000 (14:14.76) and fourth in the 3000 (8:18.11) to help the Miners win the conference indoor title ... fourth in the 5000 (13:59.86) at the ISU Classic on Feb. 10 ... the time ranked 47th in the world during the 2006 indoor season ... third in the 3000 (8:12.17) at the Husker Invitational on Feb. 4 ... opened by taking fifth in the mile (4:14.68) at the Lobo Invitational on Jan. 21.

2005 (Sophomore): Cross Country (2005): NCAA All-American by finishing 20th out of 253 runners at the NCAA Championships ... crossed the 10k race in 30:07.5 to pace the Miners to a 14th-place team finish ... All-Region, finishing as UTEP's top runner at the NCAA Mountain Regional ... was fourth overall in 30:35.4 ... fourth at the C-USA Championships to gain first team All-Conference honors ... 11th out of 245 runners at the Chile Pepper Invitational in 29:10.6 ... runner up at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational, the Lobo Invitational and the Kachina Classic. Outdoor: NCAA qualifier in the 5000-meter run ... ran 14:02.07 in the prelims to qualify for the finals, however was injured in the national final ... third at the NCAA Midwest Regional in the 5000 (14:05.76) ... WAC champion in the 1500-meter run (3:52.18) and 5000 (14:01.51) ... silver medalist at the Spira Invitational in the 1500 (3:56.73) ... fourth in 5000, despite getting knocked down, at the Drake Relays ... runner up in the 5000 at the Texas Relays and the 1500 at the Springtime Invitational ... Academic All-WAC. Indoor: Third in the 3000-meter run (8:31.81) and the 5000 (14:36.67) at the WAC Championships ... sixth in the 5000 at the ISU Classic on Feb. 11 ... second in the 3000 at the Husker Invitational on Feb. 5.

2004 (Freshman): Cross Country (2004): WAC Freshman of the Year and first team All-WAC in cross country ... NCAA qualifier in cross country, taking 126th at the NCAA Championships ... finished in the top 10 in six out of seven meets ... 10th at the NCAA Mountain Regional to qualify for the championships ... fifth at the WAC Championships ... ninth out of 254 runners at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 16 ... third at the Kachina Classic on Sept. 18 ... runner-up at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Sept. 3. Outdoor: Third in the 5000 at the WAC Outdoor Championships, running 14:53.69 ... second in the 1500 at the UTEP Twilight in a season-best 3:55.36 ... fourth in the 5000 at the Drake Relays on April 22 in a season-best 14:30.53 ... runner-up in the 1500 at the Spira Invitational ... winner of the 1500 at the NMSU Spring Classic ... second in the 5000 at the Springtime Invitational.

Before UTEP: Came to UTEP with personal bests of 14:56 in the 5000 and 30:50 in the 10000 ... ran for coach Livingstone Kimtai Hgetich ... graduated with the Kenya Certificate of Secondary School from Nakuru High School in November of 2001.

Personal: Full name is Stephen Kipngetich Samoei ... majoring in biology ... son of Julius and Regina Samoei ... has three brothers and three sisters ... born June 20, 1982 in Eldoret, Kenya.