Miners Dominate Lori Fitzgerald Invitational

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Horizon City, Texas – Risper Kimaiyo and Anthony Rotich finished first as the Miners opened the 2012 campaign at the annual Lori Fitzgerald Invitational on Friday.

"You never know what to expect on the first meet," said head coach Paul Ereng."I think we had some good individual performances."

All-American Kimaiyo claimed her fourth consecutive crown at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational clocking in a time of 17:35.17. Finishing right behind Kimaiyo was Karina Garcia, who was the second collegiate runner to cross the finish line with a time of 18:48.42 in the 5K race. While, Gladys Chepsat posted a time of 20:05.03 finishing 11th overall for the Miners.

Sophomores Laura Delgado and Jackline Ekai took 14th and 15th place in the 5K race, respectively. The women’s squad took second place overall with a total of 43 points.

"The men finished one-two-three which was an excellent effort, but we need to bring our fifth guy within fourty-five seconds of our top runner," said Ereng.

On the men’s side, Anthony Rotich lead UTEP to a one-two-three finish posting a time of 14:37.81 in his first cross country race as a Miner. Freshman Elphas Maiyo took second crossing the finish line with a season-best of 15:09.80.

Senior Elkana Rotich ran a time of 15:26.48, while sophomore Juan Blanco registered a time of 15:46.23 finishing seventh overall. Ramon Garcia rounded out the Miners crossing the finish line with a time of 16:50.89.

The men’s team finished on top with 29 points defeating I-10 rival New Mexico State.

The team will be competing at the Kachina Classic on Friday, Sept. 14 in Las Cruces, N.M.



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