Benoit’s Hammer Title Highlights Day Three Of WAC Championships
UMKC Athletics 5-16-2014
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(Orem, Utah) – Sophomore Kelsey Benoit led the Kansas City Track and Field team on the third day of action at the 2014 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, claiming the title in the hammer throw with a toss 173-5 (52.86m) to earn All-WAC honors and 10points for the ‘Roos at the Hal Wing Track and Field.

Teammate Dahlia Dyson, meanwhile, added a fourth place finish in the event with a mark of 169-3 (51.60m), improving on her fifth best toss in school history and earning Second Team All-WAC honors and five team points, while the junior finished third in the discus throw after a throw of 145-8 (44.40m) to earn six points and First Team All-WAC accolades.

Fellow thrower Blake Hocking added a second place result in the shot put, garnering eight team points and All-WAC honors with a toss of 54-8.25 (16.67m).

In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, freshman Bryce Miller finished second by less than a second in a time of 9:19.04, garnering All-WAC recognition and eight points and junior Griffin Humphreys added three points and earned Second Team All-WAC with a sixth place finish in a time of 9:50.90.  On the women’s side, freshmen Gabrielle Penaflor (12:03.29) and Sarah Fogarty (12:44.75) finished back-to-back in seventh and eighth to earn the squad two points and one point, respectively.

Others scoring points on the day for the ‘Roos included Dasjah Mason in the high jump with a personal best mark of 5-3.75 (1.62m), good for eighth place and one point, and Lynette Cottingham in the long jump with a mark of 17-8.25 (5.39m), good for fifth and four points.

In preliminary action, Shanelle Williams broke her own school record in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.70, while Mallory Short and Sydia Darker also qualified for the final with times of 14.50 and 14.82, respectively.

Taylor Wardall (4:03.86) and Kolton Sheldon (4:04.00) qualified first and third in the 1,500 meter run for Saturday’s final, while others qualifying included Kamaya Tucker in the 400 meter dash, Williams in the 100 meter dash, Daniel Prioleau in the 100 meter dash, Brooke Guiot in the 800 meter run, Sydia Darker and Amani Borders in the 400 meter hurdles, Terrone Garner in the 400 meter hurdles and Brady Adams in the 200 meter dash.

Overall the women sit fourth with 31 points and the men rank fifth with 31 points.

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again tomorrow on the fourth and final day of action at of the 2014 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
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