Miners head to Texas Relays in Austin
El Paso, TX — The Miners will head to Austin, Texas for the highly competitive Texas Relays.
The meet will feature 6,552 athletes from 32 states and nine countries. 20 Miners have been selected to represent the Orange and Blue as Texas Relays starting Wednesday, March 26th.
Junior captain Jallycia Pearson will kick off the meet for the Miners in the heptathlon. The El Paso native will compete in the seven-event discipline that starts at 9:30 a.m. (MT). with the 100m hurdles. The all-around athlete is coming off of a successful indoor season where she registered a personal-best of 3,805 points to place first in the pentathlon at the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Championships.
All-American Nickevea Wilson will represent UTEP in the triple jump on Friday at 11:30 p.m. Last season, the sophomore placed first in the event at the Texas Tech Open with a leap of 12.72m (41-08.75) and went on to make an appearance at the NCAA Championships. Most recently, Wilson garnered her first All-American honor after finishing eighth in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 12.90m (42-4).
The women’s 100m hurdles prelims is schedule for Friday morning at 8:35 a.m. and will feature UTEP duo Janice Jackson and Anna-Kay James. Janice concluded the 2013 season with an appearance at the NCAA Championships where she recorded a personal best time of 13.06 with 1.7 wind. The senior finished eighth overall garnering her first All-American honor. Newcomer James heads into the meet ranked fifth in the nation with a time of 13.40? posted at the UTEP Springtime meet. The junior transfer will also take the track in the 400m hurdles prelims Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
On the men’s side, Anthony Rotich will start the meet in the 3,000m steeplechase on Thursday at 7 p.m. Competing in the event for the first time this season, the NCAA Champion looks to pick up right where he left off a year ago. Last season, the distance runner shocked the nation as he claimed the national title in the event with a personal best time of 8:21.19 setting a new school record.
Cosmas Boit and Elphas Maiyo will also take the track for the distance team competing in the mile and 5,000m, respectfully.
Recently, Boit captured two gold medals in the 1,500m and 800m at the UTEP Springtime. The freshman registered a time of 3:51.18 in the 1,500m earning the No. 13 spot in the national rankings. He then went on to post a mark of 1:52.48 in the 800m ranking him in the top 50 nationally.
Newcomer Roberto Camacho is set to compete in the 400m hurdles on Wednesday at 4 p.m., while Carlos Hernandez will be the lone Miner entry in the men’s high jump on Friday at 12 p.m.
This week the Miner men will field relay teams in the 4x200, 4x400 and 4,000m distance medley while the UTEP women have relay squads in the 4x100 and 4x400.
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