(Fort Wayne, Ind.) - Friday, the UMKC track and field team wrapped up day one of The Summit League Indoor Championships with 17 personal bests and four new school records.
On the women's side in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash, Stephany Johnson placed fourth with a personal best time of 7.75 to advance to the semi-finals. This performance by Johnson was the fifth best in UMKC indoor track and field history. In the next round, Johnson placed fifth (7.77), while Michelle Momo (7.80) finished seventh to advance to tomorrow's finals.
In the weight throw, Denise Banda finished fifth with the fifth best performance in school indoor history with a mark of 55-02.00 (16.81m), while Kimoya Harriott placed ninth with a mark of 52-09.50 (16.09m).
Later, Chelsea Richardson placed fifth (18-03.00 - 5.56m) and Momo finished ninth (17-07.50 - 5.37m) in the long jump. Richardson's mark was also a personal best and tied the fifth best performance in school indoor history.
Angel Gannon will be a finalist in tomorrow's 800-meter run as she placed eighth with a personal best time and the second best performance in school indoor history (2:17.38) on Friday, while Briana Carter qualified for the 400-meter dash finals by placing sixth (58.00).
Later in the day, Viola Kleiser set a new school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.17. Earlier in the year at the Iowa State Classic in this event, Kleiser set the previous record crossing the finish line at 25.18. Also, Carter placed eighth in this event with a personal best time of 25.53 as both athletes will compete in tomorrow's final round.
In the distance events, Jylian Jaloma finished third with a school-best 10:01.81 in the 3,000 meters. Right behind her was Courtney Frerichs placing fourth (10:02.06) for not only a personal record, but the second best performance in school indoor history.
In the long jump, D.C. Okonta tied a personal best mark of 22-09.00 (6.93m) to place fifth.
On the track, Charles Hinton placed seventh with a personal best 7.09 in Friday's 60-meter dash preliminaries, while Kristen Hepburn placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.39). Also, Josh Butler ran a personal best 22.37 in the preliminary round of the 200-meter dash. With their performances, all three athletes advanced to Saturday's finals.
Despite placing fourth on Friday, Cosmas Ayabei set a school record (8:23.28) in the 3,000 meters for the second-straight season at the league indoor championships. Last year, the Kenya native set the school record (8:27.83) to win the 3,000 meters.
Day two of The Summit League Indoor Championships will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles.