Anthony Rotich sweeps in Albuquerque for the second time this season.
The sophomore crossed the finish line first in the men’s mile and 3,000m on Saturday. The All-American registered the second fastest time in the nation posting a time of 4:03.06, which converts to 3:57.76 with altitude conversions. The distance runner also earned the No. 2 spot in the UTEP recordbooks for his performance at the New Mexico Classic.
Rotich didn’t stop there as he claimed the crown in the 3,00m registering a time of 8:14.90 defeating 27 runners.
The men’s 4x400m (Carnell Horn, A-Shawni Mitchell, Daniel Tarango, Abiola Onakoya) relay also proved to be victorious as the squad took first with a time of 3:15.11. The team defeated Air Force, West Texas A&M, New Mexico, Miami, Langston, Western State, Colorado Mines, Adams State and Colorado Mesa.
Onakoya finished in first place in the 400m clocking in a time of 47.61. Freshman Carnell Horn took fourth place with a time of 48.89.
Onakoya didn’t stop there as he represented the Miners in the 200m. The sophomore claimed third place with a mark of 21.82. Finishing closely behind him was teammate Kyron Joseph, who recorded a time of 21.84 taking fourth overall.
Mark Jackson was the top Miner to finish the 60m as he posted a time of 6.72, which converts to 6.74 with altitude. Jackson’s time earned him the 36th-fastest time in the nation.
On the women’s side, Janice Jackson once again claimed first place for the second time this season. The junior crossed the finish line with a time of 8.33 winning the 60m hurdles by eight seconds. Samantha Sharper was fourth overall in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.60.
Yolanda Suggs took third place in the women’s 200m recording a time of 24.50. Teammate Magen Del Pino was seventh overall with a mark of 24.98.
Suggs went on to compete in the 60m dash and was the top Miner finisher with a time of 7.54, which earned her a sixth place finish at the New Mexico Classic.
The Miners will be back in action on Feb. 9th at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas.