Sept. 4, 2010
Men's Results | Women's Results
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The No. 19-ranked UTEP women cruised to a one-two finish as the Miners raced to open the 2010 cross country season at the Lobo Invitational at the UNM Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday morning.
Sophomore Risper Kimaiyo eclipsed her own meet record of 17.21 set a year ago with a time of 17.00 for the top finish in the women’s 5km race. The All-American extends her streak to nine as the Miners’ top finisher that began at last year’s Lobo Invitational.
Kathya Garcia crossed the finish line at 17:18 for second behind Kimaiyo. Garcia also bettered her time of 17:41 at last year’s Lobo Invitational.
“The women performed excellent today,” head coach Paul Ereng. “The first meet is a trial to see where we are and our women are where they were at last year. They are running very well and we are only going to improve from here.”
Gladys Chumba was the third Miner to cross the line with a time of 18:03. She finished 12th overall and ninth amongst collegiate runners. In 17th place (12th collegiate) was Karina Garcia clocking in at 18:51.
Newcomer Gladys Chepsat made her debut in the Orange and Blue finishing 20th (14th collegiate) with a time of 18:51.
Sophomore Elkana Rotich was the top finisher for the UTEP men’s squad. Rotich was the third collegiate runner to cross the finish line, fourth overall, posting a time of 25:14 in the men’s 8km.
“Our men’s team ran very conservative,” Paul added. “They know where they stand as a team and I was very proud of how they ran today. Now we go back to El Paso to keep working, run a pair of races and get ready for our big meet in Notre Dame.”
Fellow sophomore Justice Chirchir followed Rotich 20 seconds later clocking in a time of 24:34 for 13th place (11th collegiate). Robert Menjo, the only senior in the Miner squad, was the third runner to cross the finish line at 25:58. Newcomer Abel Koskey finished 26th (21st collegiate) with a time of 26:01 and Solomon Gardea was 29th (24th collegieate) at 26:05.
The Miners will stay closer to home next week when they head to Las Cruces, N.M., for the Kachina Classic on Saturday morning.