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Roos Have Strong Day at K-State Winter Invitational
UMKC Athletics 12-10-2016
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Multiple Roos set personal records and won their events on Saturday afternoon at the K-State Winter Invitational in Manhattan, Kansas.

 Genel Rollins (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Roos in the 60M on the women’s side with a time of 7.79 and a third-place finish. Traci Mills (St. Louis, Mo.) placed fifth with a time of 7.91, and Remy Abrought (Kansas City, Mo.) placed eighth with a time of 7.99 in the event.

“My results were better this meet than the last, but there is so much room for improvement,” Rollins said. “I’m so excited for this season, not only for myself but for my team.”

On the men’s side of the 60M, Chadayne Walker (Portmore, Jamaica) placed fourth with a time of 6.97, and Traezon Henderson placed eighth with a time of 7.08.

In the 60M hurdles, Abrought won the women’s race with a time of 8.73, and Chesney Walker (Scottsbluff, Neb.) placed sixth with a time of 9.61. Fred Boyd (Detroit, Mich.) won the men’s race with a time of 8.55.

Hanna Miller (Savannah, Mo.) placed second in the 600 yard with a time of 1:27.30. Janelle Johnson (St. Louis, Mo.) finished fifth with a time of 1:27.96. Jaquez Perry (St. Louis, Mo.) placed fourth on the men’s side with a time of 1:14.70.

Rollins and Tyelor Duncan (St. Louis, Mo.) placed fourth and fifth in the women’s 300M, and Chadayne Walker placed fifth in the men’s race.

Bryce Miller (Ashland, Wis.) led the way for the Roos in the men’s 3000M placing fourth with a time of 8:55.94.

UMKC took second on both sides of the pole vault, with Derrick Yoch vaulting 13’ 8.5’’ on the men’s side, and Jessie Clark (Jefferson City, Mo.) made her collegiate debut with a height of 10’ 6’’.

Mills won the triple jump with a distance of 35’ 10.5’’, and placed third in the long jump with a distance of 17’ 9.75’’.

Dasjah Mason (St. Louis, Mo.) placed second in the long jump, less than an inch behind Mills with a distance of 35’ 10’’.

Jacob Hockman (Centralia, Mo.) placed fourth in the shot put with a new PR of 46’ 2.5’’, and fourth in the weight throw with a throw of 48’ 8’’.

“I felt it was a pretty good day overall since I got a PR in the shot put,” Hockman said. “Considering that the season has just began and having new PRs in both throwing events, I’m pretty hopeful for this year.”

Matia Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) and Martana Stemmons placed third and fourth, respectively, in the women’s shot put, with Stemmons also placing sixth in the weight throw. Finley’s throw of 40’ 4.75’’ was a PR in the shot put.

“The performances were strong in the throwing events,” throws coach Brian Bishop said. “These athletes have consistently put up personal bests with each competition, I look forward to what they’re capable of during championship season.”

The Roos will be back in action January 13 at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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