Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
‘Roos Gear Up for The Summit League Indoor Championships
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:02/23/2012
(Kansas, City, Mo.) - Friday and Saturday, the UMKC track and field team will head to Fort Wayne, Ind. to compete in The Summit League Indoor Championships, hosted by IPFW.

Friday's events are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. with the women's 60-meter dash of the Pentathlon events.  As for Saturday's festivities, it will begin with the men's 60-meter hurdles of the Heptathlon events.

Last Time Out for UMKC... 

It competed in the UCM Classic in Warrensburg, Mo. on Friday, Feb. 17.

Leading the way for the 'Roos was junior Ramon Nelson winning the weight throw title with a personal best throw of 58-10.25 (17.94m).  This outing by Nelson tied the second best performance in UMKC indoor track and field history.

Joining Nelson in the top-five in the men's weight throw were sophomore Kris Leverette, who finished second with a distance of 57-04.25 (17.48m), and freshman Cade Lambson, who finished fourth with a personal best distance of 51-07.25 (15.73m). 

In the shot put, Nelson placed fourth with a distance of 52-01.75 (15.89m).  This mark by the Jamaica native tied for the second performance in school indoor history.  

On the women's side, senior Denise Banda came in second in the weight throw with a personal best throw of 55-06.25 (16.92m) and eighth in the shot put with a distance of 39-09.75 (12.13m).  Banda's performance in weight throw was the fourth best in school indoor history.

As for senior Kimoya Harriott, she finished fourth in the weight throw with a personal best distance of 53-09.75 (16.40m) and ninth in the shot put with a throw of 38-08.25 (11.79m).   

Also, junior Susan Brueggemann finished sixth in the weight throw with a personal best throw of 51-00.75 (15.56m) and sixth in the shot put with a distance of 42-03.75 (12.87m).

In the jump competitions, freshman Lynette Cottingham placed third (16-07.75 - 5.07m) in the long jump, as sophomore Jasmine Cooper finished fourth in the long jump (16-07.00 - 5.05m).

At the League Indoor Championships in 2011...

The Blue & Gold finished with two champions, 15 top-eight finishes, and four personal bests as the men placed fifth (51 points) and the women finished sixth (38 points).

Cosmas Ayabei stole the show by winning the 5,000 meters (15:03.23) and 3,000 meters (8:27.83) along with aiding the distance medley relay squad to a silver medal (10:16.94).  With his stellar performances, the Kenya native was voted the Championship Track MVP.

In the men's 800 meters, Alex Pena-Lopez just missed a bronze medal as he placed fourth with a time of 1:54.53.

On the women's side in the triple jump, the 'Roos landed three student-athletes in the finals with Shakira Thomas placing fourth with the personal best mark of 37-04.00 (11.38m), while Katherine Williams finished sixth and Jasmine Cooper took ninth.

Nelson Keeps On Chugging

In his third season out of Jamaica, Nelson has had a stellar junior campaign by being the team's top finisher in the shot put in each meet this season.  

Last week's performance at the UCM Classic in this event not only tied the second performance in school indoor history, which he set earlier in the year at the Varsity Apartments Invitational, but he also now holds four of the top-five performances.

Also last week, Nelson won the weight throw with personal best a mark of 58-10.25 (17.94m), which tied the second best performance in school indoor history set by Leverette earlier in the year at the Iowa State Classic.  Nelson also holds the fourth best performance in school indoor history with a mark of 58-01.25 (17.71m).

'Roos Add Second Signee for 2012-13

This week, UMKC inked its second signee of 2012-13 in thrower Kelsey Benoit out of Centralia High School (Mo.). Choosing UMKC over Mizzou, Benoit has qualified for the state track and field championships in the shot put and finished third as a freshman and sophomore. 

In her junior season, she placed third in the state championships and set a new school record with a mark of 43-11.75.  In addition, she currently holds the best mark in school history in the discus at 122-2.

Benoit will plan on studying dentistry when she enrolls next fall.

Earlier in the month on Feb. 3, UMKC received a commitment from thrower Blake Hocking out of Lawrence High School (Kan.). 

Currently, he is ranked as the third best returning high school shot putter in the country along with being the reigning champion of the Kansas Relays and Kansas Class 5A State Tournament in that event.

Also last season, Hocking broke two-time Olympic medalist Bill Nieder's 59-year-old school-record in the shot put with a mark of 62'-9".

Standing at 6-foot-3, weighing 260 pounds, Hocking will seek a degree in dentistry at UMKC.

Next Up for the Kangaroos...

Will be the NCAA Last Chance Qualifier competition in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, March 3.  Times and location are to be announced.

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