UTEP runner on Bowerman watch list

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:44pm

All-American Anthony Rotich was named to the 2014 Bowerman Men’s Watch List for the month of February announced the committee on Wednesday.

This is Rotich’s second career appearance on the list. The junior was first appointed to the list back on January 8th and is one of two distance runners earning recognition.

Roitch is the first man from UTEP and the fourth from Conference-USA to appear on the Watch List.

Already this season, Rotich ran a personal best of 4:01.11 (@3:55.86) in the mile run at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational. His performance currently ranks him first in nation and C-USA. At the same meet he captured the 3,000m run with a finish of 8:17.33 (@8:05.08). Rotich also won the mile at the New Mexico Lobo collegiate Open in 4:10.72 the week before.

Last Season, Rotich claimed his first NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field national title in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 2013, but his winning time of 8:21.19 was fast enough to make him the seventh-fastest performer in collegiate history. Only two collegian men (Donn Cabral in 2012 and Barnabas Kirui of Mississippi in 2007) have run faster since the turn of the new millennium.

He won seven of his ten outdoor finals between the steeplechase, 5000 meters and 1500 meters, and claimed Conference-USA titles in each of those three events. He was the top collegian in all three steeplechase finals he ran in 2013.

Indoors, he qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships at both 3000 and 5000 meters, finishing 12th and sixth, respectively. His 13:38.58 performance at 5000 meters at the UW Husky Classic was the fifth fastest collegiate time of the 2013 indoor season.

The Miners are set to compete at the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend.

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