Two Roos Take First-Place at Bob Timmons Challenge
UMKC Athletics 12-2-2016
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The UMKC track and field teams had two individuals pick up first-place finishes at the Bob Timmons Challenge in Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday.

“Overall very good performances for many of us,” head coach Shameika McField said. “Many opened up with new personal bests or better than last year’s indoor performances. It was good to compete again, but recognizing that we still have a lot of work to do. I’m pleased with the toughness that we demonstrated. Though it’s the first meet we weren’t intimidated. It will be exciting to see everyone’s progress week to week.”

The Roos had three finish in the top-eight on the women’s side of the 60M hurdles. Senior Mallory Short (Columbia, Mo.) led the way for UMKC placing third with a time of 8.74, graduate student Remy Abrought (Kansas City, Mo.) made her debut for the Roos and placed fifth with a time of 8.76 and freshman Jada Steele (Detroit, Mich.) placed eighth in her collegiate debut with a time of 9.13. Carolyn Ross (St. Louis, Mo.), Gabrielle Foster and Shermane Foster (St. Louis, Mo.) made their collegiate debuts as well, placing 13th, 17th and 20th, respectively.

“I felt like my performance today was a great start to the year, but I’m definitely not satisfied,” Short said. “There is a lot to build on and I’m excited to get back on the track and get to work.”

Sophomore Christopher Bryan (St. Catherine, Jamaica) led the way on the men’s side of the 60M hurdle, placing fifth with a time of 8.39. Senior Devin Burton (Prairie Village, Kan.) and junior Fred Boyd (Detroit, Mich.) finished 10th and 11th, respectively.

The Roos had six women in the 60M dash, and were led by junior Traci Mills (St. Louis, Mo.) who placed sixth with a time of 7.81. Junior Genel Rollins (St. Louis, Mo.) placed 11th with a time of 7.88. Freshman Jayla Riggins (St. Louis, Mo.) made her collegiate debut and placed 20th with a time of 8.06.

“Going into the meet I was nervous and anxious to see all of the progression that the team has made since last year,” Mills said. “There’s a lot of talent on the team, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. I’m excited about the season.”

Senior Justin Martin ran a new PR in the 60M dash with a time of 6.89 on his way to placing second. Sophomore Chadayne Walker (Portmore, Jamaica) placed fifth with a time of 6.91.

“I’m definitely shocked and amazed that I opened up the first meet with a PR,” Martin said. “It shows what hard work can really do. I’m grateful for my coaches and looking forward to a great year.”

Senior Janelle Johnson (St. Louis, Mo.) placed third in the women’s 600 yard run with a time of 1:28.10. Sophomore Rachel Culberson (Florissant, Mo.) placed sixth with a time of 1:29.07 in her first time running in this event.

In the men’s 600 yard run, UMKC took first and second place. Sophomore Jamarice Preston (Dallas, Texas) won the race with a time of 1:11.53, and sophomore Joseph Johnson (Kansas City, Mo.) placed second with a time of 1:14.28. Preston broke the previous school record of 1:12.29. Sophomore Eric Yarbrough (St. Louis, Mo.) placed sixth with a time of 1:15.98.

Senior Sarah Fogarty (O’Fallon, Mo.) placed second in the mile with a time of 5:09.5.

Freshmen Tia Thompson (St. Louis, Mo.) and Tyelor Duncan (St. Louis, Mo.) made their collegiate debuts in the 400M. Thompson placed fourth with a time of 59.11 with Duncan placing 11th with a time of 1:01.02.

On the men’s side of the 400M, sophomore Jaquez Perry (St. Louis, Mo.) placed ninth with a time of 52.11.

Junior Hanna Miller (Savannah, Mo.) and Fogarty competed in the 1000M, placing second and third, respectively. Miller finished the race with a time of 3:06.75, while Fogarty ran a 3:09.06.

In the women’s weight throw, freshman Martana Stemmons made her collegiate debut and placed fourth with a toss of 44’ 2’’. Sophomore Matia Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) placed seventh with a distance of 43’ 7.25’’. On the men’s side, junior Jacob Hockman (Centralia, Mo.) placed third with a new personal record of 49’ 6.25’’.

Junior Jessie Clark (Jefferson City, Mo.) placed 10th in the women’s pole vault with a height of 10’ 5’’.

Four Roos competed in the women’s triple jump, with Mills leading the way with a fourth place jump of 38’ 3.25’’, and Ross placing sixth with a jump of 36’ 7. Junior Jeremy Harr (Mukwonago, Wis.) placed fourth in the men’s triple jump with a jump of 46’ 11.5’’.

Riggins was the top finisher for the women in the long jump, placing sixth with a jump of 17’ 3.5’’. Coming in right behind her was Steele who placed seventh with a jump of 17’ 1.25’’. Junior Blessing Oparaji (St. Louis, Mo.) placed 10th with a jump of 16’ 10’’. Junior Zane Lockhart (Plattsmouth, Neb.) placed seventh in the men’s long jump with a jump of 21’ 1.5’’.

Foster placed fourth in the women’s high jump with a height of 5’ 3’’.

Hockman placed seventh in the men’s shot put with a throw of 43’ 10.75’’. Stemmons won the women’s shot put with a throw of 43’ 6.5’’. Finley placed 10th with a throw of 38’ 5’’.

The Roos are back in action next Friday, Dec. 9 at the Carol Robinson Winter Pentathlon at Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.

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