Throwers Lead the Way for Kansas City at the Bill Easton Classic
UMKC Athletics 1-5-2013
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(Lawrence, Kan.) - The Kansas City track and field program put forth a strong effort Saturday afternoon at the Bill Easton Classic, hosted by the Kansas Jayhawks, with solid performances by numerous Kangaroos.    

Leading the way for the men, junior Kris Leverette placed first (56-08.75 - 17.29m) in the weight throw for the second straight competition, after winning the event at the Bob Timmons Challenge on Dec. 6.  Behind Leverette, senior Ramon Nelson took second (53-11.25 - 16.44m), while also winning the shot put with a mark of 47-07.75 (14.52m). 

Additionally, freshman Blake Hocking took second (47-01.00 - 14.35m) in the shot put, as Leverette placed fourth (42-11.75 - 13.10m). Senior D.C. Okonta, meanwhile, finished second in the long jump (21-11.00 - 6.68m) and triple jump (49-02.50 - 15.00m) to lead the Kangaroos.        

On the women's side for Kansas City, sophomore Dahlia Dyson continued her strong start to the  season by winning the weight throw (53-07.50 - 16.34m) and taking second in the shot put (40-06.75 - 12.36m).  In the Bob Timmons Challenge, Dyson placed second in the weigh throw with a personal best mark of 55-02.75 (16.83m), in what was the fifth best performance in team history.  

Senior Susan Brueggemann, meanwhile, was able to finish second (49-11.25 - 15.22m) in the weight throw behind Dyson and win the shot put Saturday with a mark of 41-11.50 (12.79m).  Also, senior Kimoya Harriott took third (45-07.25 - 13.90m) in the weight throw, as freshman Kelsey Benoit placed fourth (39-07.00 - 12.06m) in the shot put.

Coming up next, the Blue & Gold 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.

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