POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:01pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:16pm
El Paso, TX - The UTEP track and field men’s team is ranked 25th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings for the second straight week.
The squad is the only Conference USA school that is ranked in the top-25 in the nationalpoll. The Miners have compiled a week total of 78.48 points, which secured them the No. 25 spot, once again.
Highlighting the men’s team is junior Mark Jackson, who registered the third-best mark in the nation in the triple jump at the 2013 Drake Relays. The jumper claimed the title at the meet with a personal best of 16.19m (53-01.50). The junior holds the top spot in the Conference USA rankings and also checks in at No. 8 in the school recordbook in the triple jump.
Also boosting the squad is junior Abiola Onakoya running in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay for the Orange and Blue. The sprinter is ranked 22nd in the nation in the 400m with a time of46.22. He also is the top runner in the league in the 200m, 400m and a part of the top 4x400m relay team.
Anthony Rotich has proven that no distance is a challenge for the sophomore. The runner clocked in the third-fastest time in the nation of 8:37.47 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays. He can also be a force in the 5,000m where is ranked ninth nationally with a time of 13:34.84.
On the field, Richard Olsson has come out strong this season recording a personal best in the Miners last home meet. The thrower posted the 10th-best throw in the nation of 72.53m (237-11) at the UTEP Invitational.
The next time out the Miners will be competing at the 2013 Conference USA Championships in Houston, Texas.
For a full list of the national rankings, please visit http://bit.ly/14Ow4f2 .