UTEP Track Head for C-USA Championships

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 10:42pm

The UTEP track and field teams will open competition today at the 2011 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Rice University.

Action is scheduled to begin with the heptathlon and decathlon events with Miners’ Marine Menez and Eric Muñoz competing in their respective events. Menez won bronze at last year’s meet scoring 4894 points.

Competition is expected to begin at 11 a.m. (MT) on Friday, May 13, with senior Terran Alexander in the women’s hammer throw in which she finished fourth last year. Alexander goes into the meet with the league’s second-best throw this season of 60.88m (199-09). The Del Rio, Texas, native will also compete in the women’s shot put on Saturday afternoon.

The men’s hammer throw is scheduled to begin immediately following the women’s event. Senior All-American Dimitrios Fylladitakis leads all conference throwers with a mark of 67.97m (223-00). Fylladitakis looks to reclaim the hammer title he won in 2009 and 2010, he took silver during the 2010 championships.

On the track for Friday night, 7 p.m. (MT), are the women’s and men’s 10,000-meter run. Twins Kathya and Karina Garcia will compete in the women’s race, while Solomon Garda, Elkana Rotich and Robert Menjo take part in the men’s race. Kathya Garcia ran off to a silver finish with a time of 35:11.08, she holds the conference’s best time this season in the event of 33:18.61 while Karina ranks third at 35:13.94.

Full action will begin on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. (MT) with the women’s shot put on the field and the women’s 1,500m on the track. Four-time All-American Risper Kimaiyo will be the lone Miner in the women’s event where she finished second last year.

Headlining competition on Saturday is All-American Endurance Abinuwa in the 200- and 400-meter preliminaries. Abinuwa has the conference’s fastest time in the 400m of 52.39 and is second in the 200m at 23.14.

Saturday’s action on the track will conclude with the 3,000-meter steeplechase races at 8:15 p.m (MT) and resume on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. (MT) with the men’s 4x100m relay. UTEP’s squad will defend its 2010 title going in with the fastest time this season clocking in at 39.76 at the UTEP Invitational.

Finals for all of Saturday’s preliminaries are scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Kimaiyo will run her second distance race of the weekend when she takes the field in the 5,000 meters, the same event that has earned her two All-American distinctions.

Conference USA teams will close out competition with the 4x400-meter relays, an event won by the UTEP men last year with a time of 3:12.63. The men’s foursome also owns the top time set at Drake Relays two weeks ago, 3:07.81.


SATURDAY, MAY 14
Running Events (all prelims except the 3000m steeplechase)

6:00 pm // 1500-Women
6:15 pm // 1500-Men
6:30 pm // 100 Hurdles-Women
6:45 pm // 110 Hurdles- Men
6:55 pm // 400-Women
7:05 pm // 400-Men
7:15 pm // 100-Women
7:25 pm // 100-Men
7:35 pm // 800-Women
7:45 pm // 800-Men
8:00 pm // 400 Hurdles-Women
8:15 pm // 400 Hurdles-Men
8:30 pm // 200-Women
8:40 pm // 200-Men
8:55 pm // 3000 Steeple-Women (Final)
9:15 pm // 3000 Steeple- Men (Final)

Field Events(all finals)
5:00 pm // Long Jump-Women
6:00 pm // Pole Vault-Men
6:00 pm // Discus-Men
6:00 pm // Shot Put-Women
7:30 pm // High Jump-Women
7:30 pm // Long Jump-Men
8:00 pm // Javelin-Women


SUNDAY, MAY 15
Running Events (all finals)

6:00 pm // 4 x 100 Relay-Women
6:05 pm // 4 x 100-Men
6:15 pm // 1500- Women
6:25 pm // 1500- Men
6:35 pm // 110 Hurdles-Women
6:45 pm // 100 Hurdles Men
6:55 pm // 400-Women
7:00 pm // 400-Men
7:10 pm // 100-Women
7:15 pm // 100-Men
7:25 pm // 800-Women
7:30 pm // 800-Men
7:40 pm // 400 Hurdles-Women
7:50 pm // 400 Hurdles-Men
8:00 pm // 200-Women
8:05 pm // 200-Men
8:10 pm // 5,000-Women
8:35 pm // 5,000-Men
9:00 pm // 4 x 400-Women
9:10 pm // 4 x 400-Men
9:15 pm // Awards Ceremony

Field Events (all finals)
4:00 pm // Triple Jump-Men
5:00 pm // Discus-Women
5:30 pm // Shot Put-Men
6:00 pm // Pole Vault-Women
6:30 pm // Triple Jump-Women
6:30 pm // High Jump-Men
7:30 pm // Javelin-Men

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