(Lawrence, Kan.) -- Thursday evening, the Kansas City Kangaroos track and field program began its 2012-13 season with the Bob Timmons Challenge, hosted by the Kansas Jayhawks.
On the men's side, junior Kris Leverette's outing included first place finishes in the shot put (43-06.00 - 13.26m) and weight throw (57-07.50 - 17.56m) events. Senior Max Carroll, meanwhile, set a new personal best mark of 41-10.50 (12.76m) to finish third in the weight throw, followed by freshman Blake Hocking's (40-07.75 - 12.39m) fourth place finish.
In the triple jump, senior D.C. Okonta won the event with a mark of 48-11.00 (14.91m), while freshman Eric Carter placed second (21-10.00 - 6.65m) in the long jump and senior Johnathon Barnett crossed the finish line in third in the 600-yard run with a new personal best time of 1:13.83.
Other notable performances included Group A (Xavier Kenney, Barnett, Terrone Garner, Josh Butler) placing fourth (3:20.40) in the 4x400-meter relay and Butler placing sixth (6.98) in the 60-meter dash.
Leading the way for the women, junior Veronica Rollins (1:27.06) and senior Autumn Scott (1:28.53) took first and second in the 600-yard run, while three athletes placed in the top five of the long jump, spearheaded by Michelle Momo's second place finish with a personal best mark of 18-05.75 (5.63m). Freshmen Sydia Darker (17-02.00 - 5.23m) and Patricia Miller (17-01.50 - 5.22m), meanwhile, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Also, sophomore Briana Carter and senior Stephany Johnson turned in top performances for the Kangaroos. In the triple jump, Carter placed first with a personal best mark of 39-02.25 (11.94m), while Johnson finished second (38-10.50 - 11.85m). Miller also placed fifth in this event with a mark of 38-02.00 (11.63m).
Rounding out top outings on the women's side for Kansas City, sophomore Dahlia Dyson placed second in the weigh throw with a personal best mark of 55-02.75 (16.83m), followed by senior Susan Brueggemann finishing third (49.07.25 - 15.12m).
Up next for the Kangaroos, they will return to Lawrence to take part in the Jayhawk Challenge on Friday, Jan. 11, while some will compete in the Holiday Inn Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Lincoln, Neb.