For the second week in a row, the UTEP cross country team had two athletes selected as the Conference USA Athlete of the Week. Junior Anthony Rotich and freshman Joan Jepkirui took home the accolades for their performance at the Lori Fiztgerald Classic.
Jepkirui took the number one spot with ease as the freshman won the race with a time of 20:02.71, 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. This is her second career C-USA Athlete of the Week award. The Kenya product has now finished in the top five in all four races she has competed in. Despite the 6K not being a common race, her mark was a personal best.
Rotich got off to a quick start and never looked back. The junior finished the 6K with a time of 16:49.81, a personal best for this distance. Rotich has now won his last four races. This is Rotich’s tenth time to receive the C-USA Athlete of the Week award during his illustrious career.
This is the first time since Sept. 2012 where two Miners have garnered this award in back to back weeks. (Risper Kimaiyo and Anthony Rotich)
The cross country team will head to the Chili Pepper Festival this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., to take on some high-caliber competition.