DALLAS, Texas - UTEP’s Niesha Burgher was named the 2023 Conference USA OTF Female Track Performer of the Meet as announced by league officials on Tuesday.
For Burgher, it’s her second major C-USA accolade as she was previously named the 2023 Indoor Female Track Performer of the Meet on Feb. 28.
Burgher is the first UTEP female outdoor athlete to be named performer of the meet since 2017 (Tobi Amusan).
Burgher burned the competition as she tallied the most points (22.5) on the female side at the conference championships.
The Saint Thomas, Jamaica, native captured four total medals at the C-USA Championships in Denton last week.
Burgher won gold in the 100-meter dash with an 11.34 (seventh best time in school history).
She followed with silver in the 200-meter dash, clocking in a 23.26. In the 200 preliminaries, she set the program record with a personal-best 22.90.
She broke Amusan’s previous standard of 22.92, which had stood since 2017.
Burgher also captured gold in the 4x400 (3:38.87) and silver in the 4x100 (44.53).
Heading into the NCAA West First Round on May 24-27, Burgher’s 200 time (22.90) is seeded 16th.
Her 100 time is seeded 17th regionally.
UTEP’s 4x100 team is seeded 11th regionally, while the 4x400 squad is seeded 24th regionally.
Burgher, a junior transfer from Western Texas College, lit up the track during her first season with the Miners.
She made a big splash during the indoor season, being named the C-USA Indoor Female Track Performer of the Meet.
She captured gold in the 200-meter dash (23.29) and earned silver in the 60-meter dash (7.38).
She was also part of the 4x400 indoor team that won silver (3:40.90). She scored 20 points at the indoor championships.
Burgher was the first UTEP female indoor track athlete to be named performer of the meet since the honor started in 2014.
Burgher is the first UTEP female track and field athlete to earn both indoor and outdoor performer of the meet accolades in the same season, while she joins Anthony Rotich as the lone Miners in program history to complete the sweep.
Rotich accomplished the feat in back-to-back years (2014, 2015).