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El Paso, TX — The UTEP track and field men and women’s team finish second overall at the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Championships in the Holloway Field/Ley Track.
On the men’s side, UTSA took first place with a total of 172, followed by the Miners with 136 points. East Carolina claimed first on the women’s side with 140 points. UTEP followed in at second with 88 points.
Anthony Rotich earned the 2014 C-USA Outdoor Track and Field High Scorer of the Meet for his gold-medal performances in the men’s 1,500m run, 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m run.
Cosmas Boit and Florence Uwakwe both earned Freshman of the Meet honors for their performances throughout the weekend.
Heading into the final day of the championship, the UTEP men were in third place with 50 points and knew they needed to capitalize on their final performances. A strong component for the men’s team was the distance squad as they dominated the competition in every event.
Two-time National Champion Anthony Rotich opened the day’s events capturing the crown in the 1,500m run with a time of 8:53.27. The All-American would round out the meet as a triple threat for the Miners for a second consecutive year as he garnered gold in the 5,000m run with a finish of 14:24.58. The Conference USA Champion ultimately claimed 30 points for UTEP.
Teammate Cosmas Boit earned 14 points for the Miners. The newcomer clocked in a personal-best of 1:49.79 in the 800m run placing third. Boit would go onto to place fourth in the 5,000m and sixth in 1,500m (3:49.12).
Elkana Rotich added 6 points to UTEP’s score with a bronze finish in the 5,000m run (14:35.89) while El Paso native Daniel Tarango gathered another five points for his personal best time of 1:50.75 in the 800m run.
Leading the sprinters was senior Abiola Onakoya. The Nigerian native took third in the 400m dash with a time of 46.80.
On the field, Mark Jackson defended his title in the triple jump with ease. The All-American delivered a leap of 15.96m (52-04.50) in first attempt. The NCAA Silver Medalist’s showing ranks 13th in the nation.
Kicking off the final day of the C-USA Championships for women was the women’s 4x100m relay as they garnered bronze. The squad that consisted of Anna-Kay James, Janice Jackson, Aiyanna Stiverne, and Nickevea Wilson clocked in a time 45.05 to claim six points for the Miners.
Janice Jackson continued the success for the Miners as she defended her title in the 100m hurdles. The All-American delivered a gold-medal finish with a time of 13.10, -0.7, out hurdling second place by .13 of a second.
On the sprints side Flore Uwakwe claimed two medals. The freshman took the crown in the 400m run with ease as he registered a time of 52.56. The sprinter then placed third in the 200m, recording a time of 23.60, -1.6.
Nickevea Wilson led the women on the field as she earned gold in the triple jump. The All-American delivered a personal-best leap of 13.38m (23-10.75) to place her sixth in the nation.
The women ended the meet on a high note as the 4x400m relay gave a stellar first-place performance. The quartet that consisted of Janice Jackson, Aiyanna Stiverne, Jallycia Pearson, and Florence Uwakwe recorded a time of 3:37.23 beating out 13 relay teams.
The Miners will be heading to the NCAA Preliminary Round in the West Region in Fayetteville, Ark. on May 29-31.
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