Nov. 15, 2008
Men's Results | Women's Results
EL PASO, Texas - With hopes of earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships during Saturday's Mountain Region meet, the UTEP cross country runners will now have to wait for individual at-large bids to take them to Terre Haute, Ind.
"Our top three runners for each team ran a very well race for us today," head coach Paul Ereng said. "Unfortunately for the men's team, our fifth runner (Dominic Tanui) was unable to complete the race and place as a team."
The UTEP men placed three runners in the top ten in the competitive field of 109 runners at the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo. Leading the pack for the Miners was Japheth Ng'ojoy. The 2008 Conference USA Outstanding Senior finished the 10K race in 29:35 for a fourth place overall finish. Seconds later, Patrick Mutai crossed the finish line at 29:47 to place fifth and Nicodemus Ng'etich kept the Miners close completing the race in 29:58 for an overall tenth-place finish. Aggrey Chirchir was the final Miner to round out the course crossing at 31:06 (43th).
"Japheth, Patrick and Nicodemus have a very good chance of getting individual bids to nationals," Ereng added. "They competed well today against good runners and we're confident that they can perform well at nationals."
On the women's side, Jepchirchir Kigen was the first Miner to completed the 6K race in 21:24 for a 29th place finish as UTEP took 12th as a team. Kigen was followed by sophomore Happy Mary Bacia finishing 38th overall in 21:35. Kathya Garcia was the third Miner across the finish line at 21:40 and Megan Chojnacki came in at 23:56. Kitria Stewart and Delia Cesar rounded up the Miners at 24:26 and 24:41 respectively.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place on Nov. 24 and will be hosted by Indiana State University.