LINCOLN, Neb. – The UMKC track and field record book saw one record fall as the Roos competed on day two of the Holiday Inn Invitational on the campus of the University of Nebraska, on Saturday afternoon.
“There were definitely some good performances and some rusty ones,” head coach Shameika McField said. “This first meet back was about executing, it wasn’t totally what we were expecting, however it was a start. The important thing is we know where we are in our performances.”
In the men’s 60M, Justin Martin placed fifth with a new personal record of 6.95.
Jackson Barbour (Shawnee, Kan.) placed seventh in the 600M with a time of 1:22.24.
Both the men and the women had two teams place in the top-eight in the distance medley relay. The team of Elizabeth Nolke, Blessing Oparaji, Sarah Jaloma and Chandler Carreon placed fourth in the women’s race with a time of 12:33.78, while the team of Bryce Miller, Lachlan Moore, Daylan Quinn and Marcus Johnson placed fifth in the men’s race with a time of 10:19.97.
“This meet was a great opportunity to get an idea of where our fitness is at for the beginning of the season,” Bryce Miller said. “I was content with my performances but know that the work has only begun.”
The team of Barbour, Preston, Eric Yarbrough and Jaquez Perry placed second in the men’s 4x400M relay with a time of 3:18.27. On the women’s side, the team of Tia Thompson, Hanna Miller, Kylie Conrow and Culberson placed seventh with a time of 3:58.59.
“I’m so excited by everyone’s performance this weekend,” Hanna Miller said. “We’re off to a great start, and now it’s time to put in the work and train harder for the next one.”
Richard Smith (Kansas City, Mo.) made his debut for the Roos in the triple jump, placing third with a distance of 50’ 2.75’’. Traci Mills (St. Louis, Mo.) placed fifth in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 37’ 1.25’’.
In the women’s seeded pole vault, Christy Nell placed third with a height of 11’ 0.25’’.
On the men’s side of the seeded pole vault, Roo newcomer Lukas Van der Watt broke the school record in the pole vault with a height of 16’ 7.25’’. The previous record was 16’ 0’’ and was set in 2001.
“I am really satisfied with my performance and glad that there is a lot more to improve,” Van der Watt said. “I am looking forward to the rest of the season and working hard to achieve the best results possible.”
Alex Gutierrez (Glendale, Ariz.) placed third in the high jump with a height of 6’ 9.5’’.
“It was nice to finally get back out there to jump and jump well,” Gutierrez said. “There are a few minor technique modifications that coach Hays and I will work on to get to the next level.”
“This weekend gave us a good base to work with after coming off of winter break and moving right into the indoor season,” Assistant coach Ryan Hays said. “Christy Nell jumped right into second all-time for UMKC and competed well. Then, Lukas Van der Watt set a new school record and made the competition beat him.”
The Roos will be back in action Jan. 27-28 at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, Kansas.
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