KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will begin their 2018-2019 season this week with a trip to Lawrence, Kan., to compete in the Bob Timmons Classic on Nov. 30th.
Coming off many personal bests in the 2017 season, the Roos will look to repeat on last year’s performances with some returners as well as newcomers who will look to take the reins in Friday’s meet.
“This meet at Kansas this Friday will test our athlete’s mental preparation and their willingness to put their hard work into action,” stated head coach Shameika McField. “Expectations are high for this season as we have a very competitive men’s and women’s team. With several first round NCAA qualifiers, we have a chance for a great indoor season.”
Last season, UMKC finished second (men) and fourth (women) respectfully at the WAC Indoor Championships in February.
A standout from the men’s side in the finals included junior Christopher Bryan (St. Catherine, Jamaica), who finished first in the long jump competition with a score of 7.70 meters. The mark of 7.70 meters still stands as the school record heading into 2018. Bryan also had a triple jump of 15.55, which is second in school history. Bryan was one of 20 athletes from the WAC on the men’s side to compete in last year’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Referring to the women’s side of the track, returning from last year are Matia and Rebecca Finley (Lawrence, Kan.). Both seniors will be performing in the shot put and the short distance events, Jada Steele (Detroit, Mich.) will be racing in the 60 meter hurdles and Rachel Culberson (Florissant, Mo.) and Lillian Schnakenberg (Independence, Mo.) will be competing in the 400 meters and the 4x400 meter relay. Last year, Steele received recognition as WAC Athlete of the Week with her performance from the Bill Williams & Bob Laptad Invitational on April 27th with a long jump at 5.84 meters, fourth best in school history.
For live results from this week’s event in Lawrence, Kan., can be found here.
After participating in the Bob Timmons Classic, the Roos will head out to Manhattan, Kan., to participate in the K-State Winter Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 8th.
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