Elias Koech Earns Third All-American Honor of His Career

June 14, 2008

Elias Koech placed fifth in the men's 800 meters with a time of 1 minute, 47.85 seconds for the third All-American honor of his career.

Eleven individuals earned All-American honors for the Miners, led by Okagbare's three in the triple jump, long jump and as part of the 4 x 100-meter relay. The other 10 honored were Hanany, Tchayem, Elias Koech, Keisha Walkes, Halimat Ismaila, Patrick Mutai, Japheth Ng'ojoy, Shalaiyah Sommerville, Alex van der Merwe and Quashanda Welch.

The men's team placed 13th at nationals, while the women captured 10th place. With the women's first-ever top 10 finish, coach Kitchens has now led UTEP to 14 top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships in his 20 years as head coach.


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