University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

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Location El Paso, TX
Conference Conference USA
Division NCAA Div I
Nickname Miners
Head Coach Paul Ereng XC, Bob Kitchens Track
Men's Asst. Mika Laaksonen, Calvin Robinson, Kebba Tolbert, Althea Johnson
Championships 7 NCAA Men's Cross country, 7 Men's Indoor, and 6 Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Venue Kidd Field

All of the men and one woman on the varsity cross country roster were Kenyan.[1]

UTEP track and field head coach Bob Kitchens announced the addition of assistant coaches Kebba Tolbert and Althea Johnson to his staff on Oct. 20, 2008. Tolbert comes to UTEP after five years at the helm of the Portland State University men's and women's track and field and cross country programs. The Colby College graduate will serve as a multi-events coach and will primarily work with the jumpers and short hurdlers. Althea Johnson begins her collegiate coaching career after a successful three-year stint at St. Mary's Academy and two years with the CYO Track Club in Portland, Ore. A native of Westmoreland, Jamaica, Johnson will assist with the UTEP sprinters and relay teams.[2]


2008 Olympic Trials

UTEP's Halimat Ismaila and Blessing Okagbare joined former Miner Oludamola Osayomi in qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing at the NNPC/ExxonMobil Nigeria Track & Field Championships/Olympics Trials in Abuja.

Ismaila and Osayomi qualified in the women's 4x100 meter relay, while Osayomi was a triple qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters as well.

Osayomi won the 100 and the 200 with times of 11.08 and 22.74 seconds, respectively. Both times were personal records.

Okagbare also achieved a P.R. in the long jump with a first-place leap of 6.86m (22-6 1/4) to earn a spot in Beijing.

UTEP's Mickael Hanany already secured a spot in the 2008 Summer Olympics by winning the national title in the high jump with a P.R. of 2.32m (7-7 1/4) on June 13 in Des Moines, Iowa. Hanany will be competing for his native France. [3]

2008 Olympics

UTEP students and alumni participated in track and field events.[4]

Athlete Event Team
Mickael Hanany high jump France France
Blessing Okagbare image:Med 3.png long jump Nigeria Nigeria
Blessing Okagbare
Oludamola Osayomi
Halimat Ismaila
women's 4x100 meter relay Nigeria Nigeria
Oludamola Osayom 100M women Nigeria Nigeria
Oludamola Osayom 200M women Nigeria Nigeria
Halimat Ismaila 100M women Nigeria Nigeria
Churandy Martina 100M men Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles
Churandy Martina 200M men Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles
Ronalds Arajs 200M men Latvia Latvia
Caiman Douglas men 4x100 meter relay Netherlands Netherlands
Erma-Gene Evans javelin Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
Alexandros Papadimitriou hammer throw men Greece Greece
Henderson Dottin   Barbados Barbados
Fatimoh Muhammed   Liberia Liberia


Ted Banks was UTEP's Men's Track and Field Coach from1973 through 1981. He was one of most successful track and field coaches in NCAA history ... from 1972-81, Banks led the Miners to 17 NCAA titles (five outdoor, six indoor, six cross country) ... coached 189 NCAA All-Americans, including 47 NCAA individual champions ... guided UTEP to 23 Western Athletic Conference titles during his tenure ... led UTEP to the 1981 NCAA cross country title with a record-low score of 17 ... coached the Miners to NCAA triple crowns during the 1979-80 and 1980-81 school years.[5]

External links


  2. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  4. Retrieved 2008-08-25.