LAWRENCE, Kan. – The UMKC men’s and women’s track and field teams will open its indoor campaigns at the Bob Timmons Challenge, hosted by the University of Kansas, on Saturday. Field events will kick off at 1 p.m. CT with the men’s weight throw, while running events are slated to begin for UMKC at 3:30 p.m. CT with the women’s 60-meter hurdles.
“We are looking forward to opening up this weekend,” head coach Shameika McField commented. “Sometimes the fall can feel long, so this will be a good way for us to see the work that has been put in and how much more needs to be done.”
There will be 18 student-athletes competing in nine individual events on the women’s side, while 16 student-athletes will be battling in nine individual events for the men.
Sisters Matia Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) and Rebecca Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) will represent the women in the shot put and weight throw. Perry Adderley (Nassau, Bahamas), Harpreet Dosnajh (Overland Park, Kan.), Jacob Hockman (Centralia, Mo.) and Zane Lockhart (Plattsmouth, Neb.) will each compete in either the weight throw, shot put or both events for the Roos.
“Key returners for our throws group are Jacob, Matia and Rebecca,” McField shared. “They came back from summer fit and stronger than ever.”
Sophomore pole vaulters Christy Nell (Cape Town, South Africa) and Mara Meneely (Kirkwood, Mo.) will kick off their indoor seasons this weekend, as well as Lukas Van Der Watt (Vrendenburg, South Africa), Hamza Kamran (Joplin, Mo.) and Luke Woodall (Pleasant Hill, Mo.).
“Christy and Mara will continue to rise as pole vault specialists while Lukas will continue to break his own record on the men’s side,” McField said.
A combined 10 student-athletes will compete for UMKC in multiple men’s and women’s jump events including the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
“Chris Bryan will continue to be a triple threat for us as a jumper, hurdler and sprinter,” McField continued. “He had a great season last year and has a better understanding of his potential beyond his current marks.”
The Roos will also have representatives in the men’s and women’s 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash in Saturday’s season opener.
“Last year, key sprinters Jamarice Preston, Traezon Henderson and Genel Rollins all suffered injuries that kept us from accomplishing the set goals, but I believe they will bounce back this year and surpass the goals we set,” McField said. “Our newcomers like Leyla Edwards, Josh Sanders and Perry Adderley will get experience competing for us for the first time and we are excited for them. They all have a great deal of talent and will make a tremendous impact on the team.”
Senior standout Bryce Miller (Ashland, Wis.) will kick off his season at the Hoosier Open in Bloomington, Ind., on Dec. 8 to close out 2017 for UMKC. The Roos will begin the new year at the Holiday Inn Invitational on Jan. 12-13, before returning to Kansas for the Jayhawk Classic on Jan. 25-26 to close the month. A pair of two-day meets will await the Roos to open February, beginning with the Herm Wilson Classic on Feb. 2-3 and the Gorilla Classic on Feb. 9-10. UMKC will battle at the Nebraska Tune-Up on Feb. 16 to close the regular season, before traveling west to compete at the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 22-24 in Boise, Idaho.
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