‘Roos Head to Warrensburg, Mo. to Take Part in the UCM Classic
UMKC Athletics 2-16-2012
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(Kansas, City, Mo.) - Friday, the UMKC track and field squad will travel to Warrensburg, Mo. to compete in the Central Missouri Classic.

The meet is scheduled to begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. with the men's pole vault competition.

Last Time Out for UMKC...

It competed in the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.

In day one, junior Zach Mathias placed first with a personal best time of 14:39.88 in the 5,000 meters.  This performance by Mathias was the third best in UMKC indoor track and field history. 

Then in day two, junior Cosmas Ayabei placed fourth in the 5,000 meters with an indoor school record time of 14:12.18.  With this outing, Ayabei now holds three of the top-five best performances in this event in school indoor history.

In the 800 meters, senior Redell Frazier placed 16th with a personal best time of 1:54.36.  This performance by Frazier was the fourth best in school indoor history.

Leading the way for UMKC in the weight throw was sophomore Kris Leverette finishing fifth with a personal best mark of 58-10.25 (17.94).  This performance by Leverette was also the second best in school indoor history.  

On the women's side, sophomore Michelle Momo finished second with a personal best mark of 18.04.25 (5.59) in the long jump.  This performance by the Fort Worth, Texas native was the third best in school indoor history.

Also in the 800 meters, sophomore Angel Gannon finished with the fifth best time in school indoor history at 2:20.16.

In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Viola Kleiser set a school record at 25.18 for 13th place, as senior Jylian Jaloma also set a school record in the 5,000 meters by finishing 13th at 17:18.29.

In the mile, the 'Roos were led by Aubrey Frederking placing 21st (5:03.25) and Siara Stahl finishing 28th (5:07.67).  Frederking performance was the second best in school indoor history as Stahl's was the fifth.

For the third time this season, Stephany Johnson finished with a top school indoor performance in the triple jump as she placed third with a personal best at 39-11.25 (12.17).  This outing by Johnson was the second best in school indoor history.

Rounding out the competition, Group A (Sa'Kia Taylor, Kleiser, Briana Carter, and Veronica Rollins) placed 13th in the 4x400-meter relay with a school record time of 3:48.47.

Frerichs Competes in the USATF Junior National Cross Country Championships

Also last week, freshman Courtney Frerichs traveled to St. Louis, Mo. to compete in the USATF Junior National Cross Country Championships.

In the 6K event, the Nixa, Mo. native placed 14th out of 39 runners with a personal best time of 22:08.

The top six finishers from the event will represent the United States in the North America, Central American, & Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships on March 17 in the Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Queen of the Mile

After last week's performance in the mile (5:03.25), Frederking now holds two of the top performances in school indoor history in this event.  Last season at the Iowa State Classic, the Plainville, Kan. native crossed the finish line with a school best time of 5:01.96.

'Roos Hoping for Same Success at UCM

Last season, the Blue & Gold had a few student-athletes compete at the UCM Classic as they recorded 14 top-five finishes and six personal bests.

Headlining the day for UMKC was Denise Banda finishing second in the weight throw with a mark of 54-04.25 (16.59), which now stands as the fifth best performance in school indoor history.  In the shot put, Susan Brueggemann placed second at 41-10.50 (12.76).

On the men's side, Leverette had the best finish of the day, taking third in the weight throw and eighth in the shot put.

Next Up for the Kangaroos...

Will be The Summit League Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-25 in Fort Wayne, Ind., hosted by IPFW.  Start times and other information have yet to be announced. 

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