Kimaiyo Claims Title at NCAA Mountain Region Championships
All-American Risper Kimaiyo claimed the women’s crown at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Mountain Region Championships in Fort Collins, Colo. on Friday.
“Risper (Kimaiyo) ran a solo race,” said head coach Paul Ereng. “She displayed control from start to finish.”
Kimaiyo was the first individual to cross the finish line in the women’s 6K with a time of 20:10.8. The senior was once again the top-runner at the meet and earned her third consecutive Mountain Region title. The All-American is the first women in program history to post three straight first place finishes at the meet.
Also representing UTEP on the women’s side is Karina Garcia, who clocked in a time of 22:18.2 in the 6K run. The third Miner to finish the race was El Paso native Laura Delgado. The sophomore registered a time of 23:22.3 as the squad concluded the competition in 17th place overall.
The men’s team for the first time this season ran a 10K race at Collindale Golf Course. Anthony Rotich continues to lead the Miners as he finished second out of 122 runners. The freshman clocked in a time of 29:55.9, finishing right behind Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka (29:36.8).
“Anthony (Rotich) competed very well considering that this was his first 10K race,” said Ereng.
Another Miner that has excelled on the course is freshman Elphas Miayo, who recorded a time of 31:05.5 finishing 35th overall. Not far behind was senior Elkana Rotich, who recorded a time of 31.29.6 finishing in 41st place.
El Paso native Juan Blanco was the 76th competitor to cross the finish line with a time of 32:29.8, while Ramon Garcia was the fifth Miner to finish the race with a time of 34:34.5. The men’s team wrapped up the contest in 19th place with 267 points.
Full results can me found at www.runnercard.com/runner/data/512/4280/Result/2012_NCAA_Mt._Region_XC_C....