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Friday, April 15, 2011 - 4:49pm
Kidd Field will be the site of the 2011 UTEP Invitational this weekend when UTEP hosts a slew of high school, college and professional athletes to take part in the two-day event scheduled to begin on Friday at 6 p.m. with the high school field events.
In addition to international athletes that make their way to the Sun City every spring for the annual meet, UTEP has invited the city’s elite track and field athletes to compete in an unofficial city championship at the newly resurfaced Larry K. Durham Track and Field.
Throws and jumps high school athletes will compete under the lights on Friday night before Saturday’s full day of action slated for a 10 a.m. start on field events and 1:30 p.m. on the track.
Returning to their old stomping grounds are two of UTEP’s all-time greatest and Olympians Churandy Martina and Mickael Hanany. School recordholders in their respective events, Martina will compete in the men’s 200m dash while Hanany highlights the men’s high jump.
The Miners will go head-to-head with athletes from Alabama (men), Rice, New Mexico, Sam Houston State, NM State (women), Western Texas and South Plains.
South Plains’ Rondell Bartholomew is this year’s current leader in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 44.65. UTEP’s Anderson Mutegi will challenge Bartholomew in the race and will also run the 200m and a leg of the men’s Conference USA leading 4x100-meter relay squad. Mutegi holds the top spot on the C-USA performance list.
Mutegi alongside Suji Adeniyan, Terran Alexander, Amanda Apodaca, Justin Kepple and All-American Dimitrios Fylladitakis will compete one final time at Kidd Field in a Miner uniform.