Nov. 14, 2012
El Paso - Risper Kimaiyo was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Associated Mountain Region Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year.
“We are proud of Risper (Kimaiyo) winning the mountain region women cross country athlete of the year,” said head coach Paul Ereng. “Risper’s success is an example of hard work and dedication to excellence.”
The three-time All-American has had a stellar career with the Miners and has earned multiple post season recognitions for her strives on the course. Kimaiyo became the first woman in program history to claim three straight crowns at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships. The senior clocked in a time of 20:10.8 winning the race by more then seven seconds.
The distance runner also earned her third Conference USA title this season. She crossed the finish line first with a personal-best of 16:42.8 in the 5K run. Kimaiyo capped off her stellar C-USA career by being named Outstanding Senior of the Meet.
The senior has competed in six meets this season and has finished in the top three in all six competitions. She posted a season best time of 19:46 in the 6K at the NCAA Pre-National meet.
Kimaiyo and Anthony Rotich are preparing to represent UTEP at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday.