Chirchir breaks school record


UTRGV Sophomore Abraham Chirchir broke the men’s cross country program record in the 8K with a time of 23:41.2 — 1.8 seconds faster than the previous program record of 23:43.0, set by Westly Keating’s in 2005 at the Arturo Barrios Invitational.

Chirchir placed fourth out of 226 competitors Saturday at the Invitational as the UTRGV men came in 13th out of 26 in the 8K, finishing with 331 points and an average time of 25:00.71. Freshman Alex Muñoz also entered the record book, recording the 10th-fastest time in program history, 24:27.1, to finish 28th.

The UTRGV women, the No. 12-ranked team in the South Central Region, came in 13th out of 25 with 354 points and an average time of 22:02.53.

Sophomore Dorcas Koech recorded the third-fastest 6K in women’s program history by finishing in 21:04.3, good for 17th out of 238 competitors.

Freshman Sharon Koima and senior Sierra Spinler also recorded personal records, with Koima finishing 63rd in a time of 21:58.0 and Spinler placing 79th in a time of 22:10.8.

UTRGV is back in action Nov. 2 for the Western Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Kansas City. The men compete in an 8K at 10 a.m., while the women follow with a 6K at 11.