Houston, T.X. — Anthony Rotich was unstoppable in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase claiming first place with a new Conference USA meet record.
The All-American dominated the field of 12 runners and never looked back. Rotich clocked in an astonishing time of 8:39.44 winning his first event at the C-USA Outdoor Championship. The sophomore will compete in the 1,500m and 5,000m tomorrow for the Orange and Blue.
Teammate Elkana Rotich took second in the 3,000m steeplechase as he raced in the event for the first time this season. The junior crossed the finish line with a time of 9:05.71.
Senior Donovant Grant earned the Miners the first six points of the day in the men’s long jump. The jumper matched his career-best jump of 7.53m (24-08.50) posting it twice in his third and fifth attempt of the day.
Junior Mark Jackson took the field for the first time this season in the long jump. The transfer recorded a mark of 7.46m (24-05.75). Jackson isn’t just a one-event competitor; he also took the track in the 100m prelims. The sprinter earned a spot in the finals with a time of 10.60 sitting sixth heading into the finals.
C-USA Champion Anthony Wright also advanced in the men’s 100m with a season-best time of 10.50 finishing fourth overall.
The men’s team had a solid performance in the 400m prelims with three Miners advancing to the finals. All three UTEP runners placed in the top two of their heats automatically earning a bid to the finals.
Freshman Carnell Horn was the first Miner to take the track in the event and clocked in a personal best of 48.12 claiming second place in the first heat. Teammate A-Shawni Mitchell stormed out of the block and registered a time of 47.96 winning the second heat of the evening. Captain Abiola Onakoya as always dominated the field crossing the finish line first (second overall) with a time of 47.59.
Onakoya didn’t stop there as he secured a spot in the 200m finals with a first place finish in the second heat of the night. The sprinter clocked in a time of 21.32 finishing second overall in the prelims. Wright also obtained a position in the 200m finals with a time of 21.45.
Wrapping up the men’s running events was El Paso native Daniel Tarango in the 800m. The freshman sustained the pace in the second heat of the day running right on the toes of Houston’s Anthony Coleman. Tarango took second in the heat posting a time of 1:53.20. The middle distance runner will take the track tomorrow at 7:20 p.m. (CT).
After finishing third in the long jump Grant went on to compete in the men’s high jump. The senior was able to produce 2.50 points for the Miners with a sixth place finish with a jump of 1.94m (6-04.25).
On the women’s side, the hurdlers had a stellar meet opener as three Miners advanced to the finals. Janice Jackson and Samantha Sharperfinished one two with times of 13.30 and 13.64, respectively. While freshman Brianna McGhee also qualified with a time of 13.70 finishing fifth overall.
On the field, sophomore Taylor Gunn earned a bronze medal in the women’s discus throw. The thrower registered a mark of 49.79m (163-04) in her fourth attempt of the day.
Two other Miners that earned spots in the finals tomorrow were Yolanda Suggs and Jackline Ekai. Suggs concluded the first heat of the100m dash with a second place finish with a time of 11.52. Ekai claimed thefinal spot in the 800m finals with a time of 2:11.79.
The Miners will take the field at Rice University one last time tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. with the women’s triple jump.