Courtesy: Dennis Hubbard
Kangaroos Set To Open Outdoor Season At Tulsa Duels
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:03/15/2013

(Kansas City, Mo.) - The Kansas City track & field team will head to Tulsa, Okla., to open up its 2013 outdoor season at the Tulsa Duels hosted by Tulsa at the Hurricane Track/Soccer Stadium.

Last Time Out

After setting three school records within this week, including clocking a 16:40.16 in the 5,000 meters yesterday, sophomore Courtney Frerichs continued her UMKC record setting streak by crossing the finish line at 4:55.56 to place 19th in the mile event.

     Meanwhile, in the 3,000 meters, senior Jylian Jaloma took ninth with a personal best time of 9:59.37, in what was the second best performance in Kansas City history. In the triple jump, senior Stephany Johnson recorded a top-five finish by placing fourth with a mark of 12.20 meters.

     Leading the way for the men, sophomore Taylor Wardall surpassed his own UMKC record setting time (4:08.05) in the mile to cross the finish line at 4:06.18 to place 19th, while freshman Kolton Sheldon finished 28th with not only a personal best time of 4:11.45, but the third best performance in team history.  Also, in this event, senior Daniel Mann placed 31st with a personal best time of 4:13.52, in what was the fourth performance in the program's history.

2012 Tulsa Duels

UMKC junior Max Carroll and senior Kimoya Harriott each had historic days on Saturday at the Tulsa Duels, as both broke the school record in the Javelin.

     Harriott's throw of 48.43 meters surpassed the old mark by more than three meters and was good enough for a first place finish in the event, while Carroll broke his old record with a mark of 58.23 meters to place fifth in the event and now holds the top three marks in UMKC history.

     Shanelle Williams, Kristen Hepburn and Xavier Kenney, meanwhile, each added first place finishes to their resumes with Williams claiming the title in the 100 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 14.70, the fifth fastest time in school history, Hepburn claiming honors in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.92 and Kenney placing first in the 400 meter hurdles at 57.84.

2013 Summit League Preseason Poll

The Summit League announced its 2013 Outdoor Track & Field Preseason Poll with the Kansas City men tabbed to finish third (35 points), while the women were selected to finish fifth (39 points).  North Dakota State was selected as the favorite in each poll.

Frerichs Goes International

Kansas City sophomore Courtney Frerichs finished 16th in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase representing Team USA at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, at the Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys de Montjuïc.

     Frerichs, who ran in the second of two heats, finished with a time of 10:35.24, just one hundredth of a second off her personal best, to place eighth in her heat, less than seven seconds behind the final qualifying time.

Indoor Season

The Kansas City track and field program wrapped up its successful performance in The Summit League Championships as the men placed third with 118 points, while the women took fourth with 86 points, the highest point totals for each team since 2001.

     On the women's side, sophomore Courtney Frerichs took home her second gold medal of the league championships by crossing the finish line with a school and DakotaDome arena record time of 16.54.54 in the 5,000 meters, after Frerichs accomplished a similar feat to win the 3,000 meters by setting a school and DakotaDome record with a time of 9:46.24.

     Leading the way for the men, senior D.C. Okonta won in the triple jump (48-01.25 - 14.66m) for the fifth time this season, while junior Joshua Harden placed third with a personal best mark of 46-09.50 (14.26m) in the event. Senior Josh Butler concluded his successful outing in the league championships by taking home the gold medal (22.06) in the 200 meters and silver medal (49.06) in the 400 meters.  Butler was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay squad (Terrone Garner, Johnathon Barnett, Xavier Kenney, Josh Butler) that crossed the finish line at 3:22.50 to place third

Last Season

Las season, the track and field program produced 18 champions across 12 events, while finishing seventh in The Summit League on both the men's and women's side during the outdoor season.

     Cosmas Ayabei (10,000M), Dontay Taylor (Long Jump), Courtney Frerichs (3,000M Steeplechase) and Kimoya Harriott (Javelin) all advanced to the NCAA West Regionals.

Record Holders

Several 'Roos have placed their names among the top two spots in the Kansas City record books, including senior Cosmas Ayabei who sits first in the 3,000M, 5,000M and 10,000M, while senior Max Carroll is first in Javelin.  On the women's side, sophomore Courtney Frerichs holds the top spot in the 3,000M Steeplechase, while senior Sarah Meiners is first in the 10,000M, senior Susan Brueggemann is first in Shot Put and senior Kimoya Harriott is first in the Javelin.  Those sitting second for the 'Roos include Michelle Momo - 100M, Angel Gannon - 800M, Jylian Jaloma - 5,000M, Shanelle Williams - 100M IH, Briana Carter - Triple Jump and Ramon Nelson - Shot Put and Discus.

Joining The Hall

This winter, Dion McNeal and Willie White were inducted into the UMKC Hall of Fame, joining fellow track and field athletes, Bill Hibdon (2012), Sheri (Pewitte) McCoy (2012), Grant Dennis (2011), Dave Krueger (2011), Dee Dee (Fortman) Johnson (2010) and Matt Voelker (2009). 

     McNeal was an NCAA indoor qualifier in the weight throw in 2002 and an outdoor qualifier in the hammer in 2003. She earned the Mid-Con indoor title in the weight throw in 2002. She is also the UMKC indoor record holder in the weight throw (60-5.75) and outdoor record holder in the hammer throw (180-6). She ranks second all-time in the discus (153-7). 

     White, meanwhile, was the Mid-Con indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles in both 1999 and 2001, he also earned Mid-Con Outdoor Athlete of the Year in 1999. He was the Mid-Con outdoor champion in the 110-meter hurdles three times (1998, 1999 and 2000) and helped win Mid-Con outdoor titles in the 4x400-relay three times (1999, 2000 and 2001). White also won the Mid-Con outdoor crown in the 400-meter hurdles in 2001.

Head Coach McField

Shameika McField was named the head coach for the UMKC track and field/cross country programs on March 4, 2008 and is now in her sixth season at the helm.

     This season she guided the 'Roos to a third place finish during the indoor season on the men's side and a fourth place finish on the women's side, both marking the highest finishes since 2001.

     During the 2012 season, McField guided the Kangaroos to a fifth place finish by the women and a sixth place finish by the men at the 2012 Summit League Indoor Championships, while guiding each squad to a seventh place finish at the outdoor championships. In all, 22 'Roos were named to the All-Summit League Team, while Cosmas Ayabei, Kimoya Harriott, Courtney Frerichs and Dontay Taylor each qualified for the NCAA West Regionals during the outdoor season.

 'Roos In The Classroom

Last season, the 'Roos placed 12 members from the men's squad on the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence, with eight returning to this year's squad, while the women placed 13 on the list with eight returners.

     For the Winter/Spring Academic All-League Team, meanwhile, the men placed 14, including four Distinguished Scholars, while the women added 17 with six Distinguished Scholars.

Coming Up for the Kangaroos...

Next week the Kangaroos will head east to Columbia, Mo., to take part in the Missouri Relays on Mar. 22-23.

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