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Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 10:46pm
Sophomore Elkana Rotich posted two Conference USA best times as the Miners opened the 2011 outdoor track and field season at the UTEP Springtime on Saturday at Kidd Field.
Rotich claimed two top finishes in the day finishing first in the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:53.68. The Eldoret, Kenya, native later clocked in at 3:47.88 in the 1,500m race.
Two Miners also claimed top spots on the C-USA performance list despite wind-aided performances in the men’s and women’s 200-meter dash. All-American Endurance Abinuwa took first in the women’s event with a time of 23.28. The time ranks fifth all-time in the UTEP records list tying Jeanine Brown’s time in 1979.
Suji Adeniyan was first in the men’s 200m crossing the finish line at 21.11.
Other first place finishes included All-American Dimitrios Fylladitakis in the men’s hammer (67.97m) and freshman Richard Olsson in the javelin (63.60m). Senior Amanda Apodaca was also first in the women’s high jump at 1.65m.
Junior Laura Macauley set a new personal best in the women’s javelin with a mark of 48.47m (159’0”) that ranks her ninth in school records.
Terran Alexander began her final outdoor campaign with a pair of silver finishes in the women’s shot put and hammer throw. Alexander was the top collegiate finisher in the hammer with a toss of 58.00m (190-03). The Del Rio, Texas, native was second in the shot put posting a mark of 13.04m (42-09).
The Miners will travel to Lubbock, Texas, next for the Texas Tech Invite on April 2.