Miners Kickoff Season on a High Note
POSTED: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 9:42pm
The UTEP track and field team concluded their first meet of the outdoor season at the UTEP Springtime meet at Kidd Field.
The field events dominated the day of action as the squad demonstrated that they are a threat this season.
Kicking off the meet on the men’s side is Demetris Elia in the hammer throw. The sophomore had an exciting first meet, throwing a personal best of 61.03m (200-03) in his fourth attempt of the morning. The thrower not only finished first in the meet, but also earned the No. 10 spot in the national rankings in the event.
Also proving to be a threat on the field this season is Xavier Baker in the men’s high jump. The El Paso native took first place in the event with a personal best of 2.11m (6-11.00). The sophomores’ mark ranks him 11th in the TFRRS performance list.
UTEP has some reinforcement this season in the triple jump with two Miners competing in the Orange and Blue. Mark Jackson enter the outdoor season, right where he left off during the indoor season. The junior recorded a jump of 15.67m (51-05.00) with a wind of 4.9 finishing in second place.
Senior Donovant Grant was third in the triple jump posting a leap of 15.15m (49-08.50) with a wind of 6.7.
Concluding the field events for the Miners was Brandon Jones, who recorded a mark of 7.06m (23-02.00) with a wind of 5.9 in the long jump taking silver in the event.
On the distance side, Anthony Rotich ran the 1,500m for the first time and crossed the finish line first with a time of 3:56.03. Teammate Elkana Rotich was the second collegiate runner to cross the finish line in the event with a time of 4:01.79.
Abiola Onakoya ran a tough race in the men’s 400m as he clocked in the 8th-fastest time in the nation with a time of 47.81. Following right behind him was A-Shawni Mitchell posting a time of 48.62.
Senior Anthony Wright prepared for his final season in the Orange and Blue and has bolted with a solid race. The sprinter registered a time of 10.59 (W: 3.2) in the 100m taking forth place in a field that included 16 competitors.
Sophomore Elphas Maiyo wrapped up the meet for the men’s team in the 3,000m. The distance runner was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 8:59.13.
Highlighting the women’s team was hurdler Janice Jackson in the women’s 100m hurdles. The junior posted an astonishing time of 13.11 winning the event by 15 seconds with a wind of 5.8.
Senior Risper Kimaiyo came back to the track competing in the Orange and Blue for the final season. The distance runner had a stellar performance claiming the top spot in the medal stand with a time of 4:43.45. The senior is preparing to run the 10K at the upcoming Stanford Invitational.
On the field, Taylor Gunn had a great meet obtaining two first place finishes in the discus and shot put. In the discus throw, the sophomore had a toss of 48.49m (159-01) earning the 25th spot in the national rankings. In the shot put, Gunn posted a mark of 13.66m (44-09.75).
In the women’s triple jump, the Miners finished first and second as El Paso native Jallycia Pearson claimed the event with a leap of 12.35m (40-06.2). Teammate Rahelys Barsey took second place with a jump of 12.16m (39-10.75). Also competing in the event was Monica Lopez, who finished fourth with a mark of 11.85m (38-10.50).
In the sprinting events, the women’s 100m race included a strong field. UTEP’s Magen Del Pino and Yolanda Suggs represented the Orange and Blue in the event. Del Pino finished second with a time of 11.37, while Suggs was third with a time of 11.44.
The Miners will be competing next week at the Stanford Invitational and Texas Relays.