Freshman Emmanuel Korir earned a spot in the Men�s Watch List for The Bowerman Award.
The mid-distance runner is one of 10 men earning recognition on the list. Previously, Korir took up residence in the �Also Receiving Votes� section. This is the Iten, Kenya, native�s first out door recognition.
Korir gives UTEP its 17th Watch List mention in program history � which is the seventh most by a men�s program in the Bowerman Watch List history.
Korir turned at the UTEP Invitational when he clocked a time of 44.78 in the 400m on April 22. Less than one week later, Korir challenged Donavan Brazier�s year-old collegiate record at 800 meters. Korir negative split the race at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge in Berkley, Calif., and crossed the finish line in 1:43.73.
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UTEP�s freshman Emmanuel Korir was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) National Athlete of the Week on Tuesday morning.
Korir�s 800m performance at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge was one of the most impressive by any freshman in NCAA during a regular season meet. Korir clocked in a time of 1:43.73 to garner the second-fastest time in NCAA history just behind Donavan Brazier�s record of 1:43.55 in 2016.
The Kenyan came through the first 400m in about 52.48 seconds and pushed the final lap in 51.25 seconds for a negative-split, crossing the finish line eight seconds before the nearest competition.
The mid-distance runner is one of only three men in history to have personal-bests under 1:44 (800m) and 45.00 (400m). Korir (21, Kenya), Mark Everett (22, USA) and Alberto Juantorena (25, Cuba).
This is Korir�s third national weekly honor and he will return to the track when UTEP hosts the Conference USA Outdoor Championships on May 11-14 at Kidd Field.
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