Miners Dominate First Meet
Aug. 29, 2014
RUIDOSO, N.M. - The UTEP men's and women's cross country team kicked off their 2014 campaign Friday afternoon at the Texas Tech--UTEP--New Mexico State Triangular meet. The Miners were represented well by both squads with the men taking the overall team title, and having two women place in the top-ten individually.
"This was a very good opener for the men's team, and the women's team also did well by placing two ladies in the top ten," head coach Paul Ereng said. "However, we still need improvement from everyone on our team to continue our success."
Daniel Cheruiyout and Ramon Garcia rounded out the competition for the Miners finishing in ninth and 22nd place, respectively.
To determine the team title, times were taken from the top-five runners from each school. UTEP claimed first place with an average time of 21:24.26.
On the women's side of things, freshman Joan Jepkirui performed about as well as you can in a debut. The Kenyan native placed second in the three-mile run with a time of 17:42.90. Sophomore Truphena Sum was not too far behind Jepkirui. Sum clocked a time of 18:27.90 to register a sixth-place finish.
The UTEP women took third place in the team event with an average time of 20:00.70.
The UTEP cross country team will continue its 2014 slate next weekend when they head to the Lobos Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 6.
Men’s 4-mile run