Austin, TX — The UTEP track and field team concluded the final day of action of the NCAA West Preliminary Round with five individuals and one relay team advancing to the NCAA Championships.
The group that will represent the Orange and Blue on the national stage consist of two men, three women and the men’s 4x400m relay. The meet is scheduled for June 5-7 in Eugene, Ore. where the top team in the nation will be competing in hopes of becoming national champions.
Wrapping up the night for the Miners was the men’s 4x400m relay team taking the track in the first and fastest heat of the evening. The Conference USA Champions (Carnell Horn, A-Shawni Mitchell, Daniel Tarango and Abiola Onakoya) claimed the final spot at the national stage posting a personal-best time of 3:06.22, which was also the 11th-fastest time of the night.
Mark Jackson cruised his way to the NCAA Championship posting a stellar leap of 15.95m (52-03.75) in his third attempt of the first round of the triple jump. The junior then decided to pass his last three jumps of the night as he sat comfortably in sixth place.
Junior Janice Jackson automatically qualified to the national meet finishing second in the second heat of the 100m hurdles. The hurdler crossed the finish line with a time of 13.18 sitting in sixth place in the west region.
Freshman Brianna McGhee also competed in the 100m hurdles but unfortunately fell short of making it to nationals posting a time of 13.55 concluding the season with a 16th-place finish.
Sophomore Nickevea Wilson was the first Miner on Saturday to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships. The jumper compete in the women’s triple jump for the second time this season and ended the meet on a positive note posting an outdoor personal best of 12.76m (41-10.50). The sophomore advanced to the finals and passed her final two jumps of the day as she secured the No. 12 spot in the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Earlier this week, distance runner Risper Kimaiyo and Anthony Rotich earned bids to the NCAA Championships. Kimaiyo will make herfinal appearance in the national level in the 10,000m. The senior clocked in a time of 35:08.85 finishing 10th overall on Thursday night. Rotich punched his ticket to the national meet with a time of 8:37.49 registered on Friday in the 3,000m steeplechase.