UTEP Miners Fare Well in Cross Country

Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 10:37pm

Kimaiyo Claims Third Lobo Invitational Title ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Junior Risper Kimaiyo claimed her third consecutive title at the Lobo Invitational clocking in a time of 17:16 at the UNM Golf Course, on Saturday morning.

“This was a great start for the team,” head coach Paul Ereng said. “Our goal is only to improve from here.”

Karina Garcia crossed the finish line at 18:35 for sixth place. Garcia bettered her time of 18:51 at last year’s Lobo Invitational.

Gladys Chepsat was the third Miner to cross the line with a time of 19.21 to finish 12th overall. Jackline Ekai ran a time of 20:14 to place 19th at the Invitational. Kitria Stewart placed 26th with a time of 20:50.

Junior Elkana Rotich was the top finisher for the UTEP men’s squad. The Kenyan native posted a time of 25:20 to place third overall.

Fellow teammates Abel Koskey and Solomon Gardea followed clocking in at 25:39 and 25:41, respectively, to place ninth and 10th.

Newcomers Juan Blanco, Ramon Garcia and Laura Delgado made their debut in the Orange and Blue. Blanco completed the race in 26:36, while Ramon Garcia posted a time of 27:41. Delgado, a freshman from El Paso’s Andress High School, placed 21st on the women’s side with a time of 20:37.

“The freshmen did very well in their first meet,” Ereng said. “I am proud of how they competed this weekend.”

The Miners return to El Paso for Lori Fitzgerald on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Chamizal Memorial Park.

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