UMKC Gets Set to Compete in the Wildcat Invitational at Kansas State
UMKC Athletics 1-20-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.) - Saturday, the UMKC track and field team will head to Manhattan, Kan. to compete in a meet hosted by Kansas State for the second straight week. 

Along with the Kangaroos and Kansas State, many other teams within the Midwest region are slated to take part in the Wildcat Invitational, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the field events.  

 Last Time Out for UMKC...

Was the first of two split competitions it will have this season. 

On day one of the Holiday Inn Invitational, two Kangaroo's finished first and second in the women's 3,000 meters as senior Jylian Jaloma took home the crown finishing with a personal best time of 10:19.58.  Right behind her was freshman Courtney Frerichs who also finished with a personal best time of 10:20.85. 

Also on day one, two Kangaroo's finished first and second in the men's long jump as senior's Dontay Taylor placed first with a mark of 22-10.00 (6.96) and D.C. Okonta came in second with a mark of 22-09.00 (6.93).

In the 3,000-meter run event, junior Zach Mathias not only took second (8:29.48), but his performance was the third best in UMKC indoor track and field history in this event.

On day two, Okonta continued his good weekend with a third place finish in the triple event with a mark of 49-05.00 (15.06).  This performance in the triple jump by the Liberty, Mo. native was the second best in UMKC indoor track and field history.

In the KSU Invitational, notable performances for the men included a pair of first place finishes for Charles Hinton in the long and triple jump events.  Hinton finished with a mark of 20-10.75 (6.37) in the long jump and 42-10.75 (13.07) in the triple jump.

Junior Ramon Nelson continued his hot start to the season with a third place finish in the shot put and a second place finish in the weigh throw competition.  Coming into Saturday's meet, Nelson had notched two first place finishes in the weight throw events.

Also, sophomore thrower Kris Leverette finished third behind Nelson in the weigh throw event with a mark of 54-10.25 (16.72).

On the women's side, freshman Siara Stahl's day was headlined by a third place finish (5:11.79) in the mile run event.

In the field events, sophomore Chelsea Richardson recorded a second place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 35-04.00 (10.78).  In the shot put event, junior Susan Brueggemann finished third with a mark of 41-05.00 (12.62).

No Stopping Okonta

With last weekend's performance, Okonta continued his superb start to his senior season by placing in the top three in the triple jump for the fourth time this season. 

Going into the Wildcat Invitational, he finished first three times in that event and recorded the second best performance in this event in UMKC indoor track and field history.

In addition, Okonta has fared well in other events this season including a second place finish in the long jump at the KSU Invitational and recording a personal best in the 60-meter dash (7.22) at the Holiday Preview.                    

Distance Runners Making Their Marks

The UMKC distance runners fared well last weekend headed by junior Zach Mathias finishing with the third best performance (8:29.48) in the 3,000 meters in UMKC indoor track and field history at the Holiday Inn Invitational.

This is good news for men considering last year's Summit League Indoor Championship MVP, junior Cosmas Ayabei, has yet to compete in a meet this season. 

As for the women, Jaloma (10:19.58) and Frerichs (10:20.85) finished first and second in the 3,000 meters last week at the Holiday Inn Invitational along with Siara Stahl finishing third (5:11.79) in the mile run at the KSU Invitational.

With the thick of the season coming about, the UMKC distance runners will look to continue their success on Saturday.

Next Up For the Kangaroos...

Will be the Jayhawk Classic on Friday, Jan. 27 in Lawrence, Kan. hosted by Kansas.  Times are to be announced.

This will be the third this season UMKC will have participated in a meet in Lawrence hosted by the Jayhawks as it took part in the Bob Timmons Challenge and Bill Easton Classic.

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