UTEP's Amusan, Korir coast into Sunday's C-USA Championship finals
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) – After three days of the 2017 Outdoor Conference USA Championships, the UTEP women’s team have recorded 44 points for second place, while the men have tallied 36 points for third place.
The women’s team is looking to capture their first outdoor title.
The UTEP women picked up 16 total points in two events on the afternoon: Samantha Hall defended her title in the discus throw with a toss of 54.40m (178-06) for 10 points and Fayon Gonzales launched the disc out to 46.44m (152-04) for seventh-place, adding two points. Tobi Amusan leaped out to a mark of 5.81m (19-00.75) in the long jump to finish in fifth place, garnering four team points.
On the men’s side, Brandon Moss garnered silver in the long jump with a mark of 7.44m (24-05) earning eight points. Scoring in the 3,000m steeplechase, Daniel Cheruiyot took home silver with a time of 9:02.70, followed by Cosmas Boit crossing the line in 9:15.69 for seventh place. The two combined for 10 team points.
Qualifying to Sunday’s finals were a slew of Miners. Lilian Koech and Linda Cheruiyot both crossed the finish line simultaneously with the top qualifying time of 4:35.28 in the 1,500m. Amusan (13.07) and Rebecca Oshinbanjo (13.75) placed first and sixth in the 100m hurdles.
Florence Uwakwe (54.07) and Ada Benjamin (54.17) both qualified for the 400m final. Lilian Koech clocked 2:12.70 in the 800m for the third qualifying spot. In the 400m hurdles, Yanique Bennett crossed the finish line with the fastest-time of 59.21.
Jonah Koech (3.55.67), Michael Saruni (3:55.71) and Cosmas Boit (3:57.93) each qualified for the 1,500m final. Saruni also qualified for the 800m final with a time of 1:53.87, along with teammate Jonah Koech (1:51.65).
Emmanuel Korir cruised to the 400m final with the fastest qualifying time of 46.67. James Bias qualified for both the 200m (21.26) and the 400m (47.63) final.
Sunday’s action begins at 1:00 p.m. with the men’s discus final.
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