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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:07pm
The UTEP track and field teams will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for the Cherry and Silver Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Miners will face tough competition as they take on host UNM, Arizona, whose women enter the season ranked ninth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while the men’s team is No. 10, California, Alabama, BYU and Northern Colorado.
UTEP comes off a strong performance in Boise, Idaho where they claimed 23 top-five finishes in the Blue and Orange Opener.
The senior transfer from Houston, Matt Dudley was the top performer on the men’s side, taking first-place in the shot put with a mark of 16.95m (55-07.50).
Leading the men’s distance team is Elkana Rotich, who took second-place in the mile run this past weekend posting a time of 4:14.29. Finishing closely behind Rotich is Justice Chirchir, who crossed the finish line third in the mile run with a time of 4:16.44.
Solomon Gardea will be competing in the men’s 3,000m run. Last week the junior clocked in a time of 8:40.70 in the 3,000m run finishing second overall.
All-American Endurance Abinuwa, leads the women’s squad, who is ranked 31st in the USTFCCCA preseason poll.
The senior will be participating in the 60m, 200m and the 4x400m relay at the Cherry and Silver Invitational. Abinuwa took second in the 60m dash at the Blue and Orange Opener with a time of 7.35. She also competed in the 4x400m relay as the team recorded a time of 3:57.34 finishing in third-place.
Highlighting the women’s team is junior Karina Garcia, who finished strong at the Blue and Orange Opener posting a time of 10:17.86 in the 3,000m run taking third-place.
The Miners will travel to Lincoln, Nebr. for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday, Feb. 3.