UTEP Junior Anthony Rotich was named the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Mountain Region Athlete of the Year for the first time in his illustrious career on Tuesday.
“This is great news for our men’s cross country program, the entire athletics department and the whole university,” said head coach Paul Ereng. “Anthony’s hard work throughout the season has paid off, and he deserves the honor. “
The two-time All-American became the first male athlete in UTEP program history to take home the individual title at the NCAA Mountain Regionals. Rotich notched the title with a 10K time of 29:28.6. The native Kenyan has taken the individual title in six out of the eight meets he has competed in this year.
Rotich’s outstanding performance at the Mountain Regional propelled UTEP to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. This marks the first time since 2007 that the men’s team has made the 31-team field. Rotich has competed at the NCAA Championships the last two years (2012- 4th place, 2013- 19th place) as an individual.
The men’s NCAA Championship race will begin at 11 a.m. (MT) on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.