UTEP Distance Medley Relay Defends Title at Drake Relays
El Paso, TX — The distance medley team tasted a sweet-tasting victory as it defended its title at the competitive Drake Relays on Saturday.
Opening the relay for the Orange and Blue was Cosmas Boit. The freshman kept a consistent stride as he came in second right behind Iowa State. Boit handed off the baton to Abiola Onakoya who sprinted out in front to give UTEP the lead. El Paso native Daniel Tarango was the third leg of the relay and made his move to put Anthony Rotich in a good position for the final leg. The two-time national champion got the baton and stormed the track to the finish line to claim the crown for a second consecutive year.
The UTEP Miner foursome clocked in a winning time of 9:35.45, five seconds faster than Washington and Illinois, the second and third-place finishers.
In the 400m hurdles Roberto Camacho recorded a time of 52.22 to place 12th out of 24 hurdlers.
On the field Mark Jackson competed in the triple jump for the first time this season. The All-American delivered a leap of 15.62m (51-03.00) to finish sixth overall. The senior currently ranks 19th nationally and second in Conference USA.
Teammate Carlos Hernandez rounded out the day for the men’s team as he posted a mark of 2.08m (6-09.75) in the high jump.
Leading the women on the final day of the Drake Relays was All-American Janice Jackson in the 100m hurdlers final. The All-American crossed the finish line at 13.29 to claim a silver-medal finish. Jade Barber of Notre Dame took first with a time of 13.284. Jackson currently holds the No. 11 spot in the nation with her performance of 13.05 posted at the 2014 Texas Relays.
On the field the UTEP women were led by Nickevea Wilson in the women’s triple jump. The All-American placed third out of 30 jumpers as she registered a jump of 12.93m (42-05.25). The junior ranks ninth nationally and second in C-USA.
Competing in her second event of the meet, Taylor Gunn faced a tough group of competitors in the hammer throw. The junior posted a throw of 49.33m (161-10).
The Miners will return to the track next weekend at they compete in the New Mexico Tailwind in Albuquerque, NM.