The UTEP track and field team dominated the second day of competition at the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational at the Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday.
Sophomore Anthony Rotich claimed his first title of the indoor season in the men’s 3,000m. The All-American registered a venue record clocking in a time of 8:11.51. Rotich not only took first in the event but also is ranked No. 1 in the nation after altitude conversions with a mark of 7:59.40.
The distance runner also competed in the men’s mile and was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 4:08.48. Rotich once again earned the No.1 spot in the nation with an altitude adjustment of 4:03.07 in the mile run.
Teammate Elkana Rotich ran in mile and posted the 34th-fastest time in the nation with a time of 4:15.76 (@4:10.19). The junior also participated in the 3000m and finished eighth overall registering a time of 8:45.07, while Elphas Maiyo crossed the finish line with a personal best of 8:49.84 in the 3000m.
Newcomer Carnell Horn proved to be a force to be recon with in the men’s 400m. Horn came in fifth place setting a personal-best time of 48.53.
The men’s 4x400m relay came down to a photo finish anchored by El Paso native Daniel Tarango. The squad consisted of Horn, Abiola Onakoya, Kristian Dillard and Tarango. The team took second place overall with a time of 3:15.38. The relay team currently sits at No. 43 in the nation in a squad that is comprised of two freshmen.
On the women’s side, Janice Jackson dominated the 60m hurdles posting the fastest-time in the prelims with a mark of 8.41. The junior never looked back in the 60m hurdles finals and took gold with a time of 8.33. The time also earned the sprinter the No. 13 spot in the national rankings in the event.
Teammate Samantha Sharper took eighth place crossing the finish line with a time of 8.71 in the 60m hurdles, while Aeisha McDavid recorded a time of 8.85 to finish 13th overall.
Distance runner Jackline Ekai ran in the 800m and registered a time of 2:19.55 claiming eighth place out of 28 runners that competed in the event.
The women’s team concluded the meet with the 4x400m relay which was led by Yolanda Suggs, Samantha Sharper, Mariah Bower and Paris Ware. The squad clocked in a time of 3:56.73 finishing ahead of 10 relay teams.
The track and field will have two week to prepare for the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. on February 1-2.