UTEP runner named to Bowerman Watch List
EL paso, TX — Two-time national champion Anthony Rotich was named to the 2014 Bowerman Men’s Watch List announced the committee on Wednesday.
Making the Watch List are 10 of the nation’s top student-athletes. This is the All-American’s fifth Watch List appearance this year. He is the only male athlete from UTEP and the fourth from Conference-USA to appear on the Watch List.
The last Miner to make the Watch List was Blessing Okagbare back in 2010 when she became the first in collegiate history to claim NCAA crowns in the 100 meters and long jump.
Rotich tops the TFRRS Ranking List in the 1,500 meters and in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The distance runner opened his outdoor season claiming gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Texas Relays where he crossed the finish line with a time of 8:38.68.
The Kenyan native secured his second crown of the season at the UTEP Invitational where he registered a time of 3:42.55 in the 1,500m run. With altitude conversion Rotich’s performance qualifies as the fastest in the nation at 3:39.16.
Rotich and his teammates will compete next in Des Moines, Iowa from April 24-26th as the Miners take to the track for the Drake Relays.