KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The UMKC women’s and men’s track and field team will kick off their 2019 outdoor season at the Herm Wilson Invitational in Wichita, Kan., hosted by Wichita State University from Mar. 21-23. Overall, UMKC will be one of four regional schools competing in the event, which includes Wichita State, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
In the 2018 outdoor season, the men’s track and field team finished third at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship and the women’s track and field team finished fourth.
The men’s 2018 track and field season was full of achievements for the team as a whole and individually. Christopher Bryan (St. Catherine, Jamaica) will be making a return for the 2019 season. In the 2018 outdoor season, he was named as a WAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. Some of Bryan’s other season highlights include finishing first in the men’s long jump at both the 2018 Jimmy John’s ORU and the Nebraska Invitational and earning second place with a jump of 15.78m in the 2018 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship. In addition, Luke Woodall (Pleasant Hill, Mo), who is also returning for the 2019 season, set his personal best in pole vaulting with a clearance of 4.66m at the 2018 WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
Like the men’s team, the women’s track and field team had a successful 2018 outdoor season. Returning sprinter, Rachel Culberson (Florissant, Mo), ran a personal best time of 2:23.61 in the 800-meter run at the Emporia State Invitational. She also placed second in the 400-meter dash with a result at 56.59 at the 2018 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Finally, jumper and sprinter, Shermane Foster (St. Louis, Mo), will also be returning to the 2019 outdoor season. In 2018, Foster finished fourth in the triple jump at the Emporia State Spring Invitational which led the Roos 4x400 team to place fourth.
Returning athlete, Shermane Foster, is hopeful that the team will do well this outdoor season.
“As a team, I hope that we give 100% effort each and every day of our outdoor season,” commented Foster. “Taking care of all things that we can control and letting God handle the rest.”
The Roos are scheduled to compete in 12 outdoor events, culminating in the WAC Outdoor Championships from May 9-11 in Orem, Utah.
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