Last Time Out
The men’s 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay teams, along with junior Shanelle Williams each captured titles on Saturday at the Missouri Relays in Columbia, Mo, at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium to lead the Kansas City Track and Field team.
Williams claims the title in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.61, while adding a second place finish as part of the 4x100 meter relay team with a time of 48.15 with teammates Stephany Johnson, Briana Carter and Michelle Momo.
In the men’s relay, Brady Adams, Daniel Prioleau, Jason Martin and Josh Butler won the 4x100 in a time of 42.49, while Prioleau, Johnathon Barnett, Terrone Garner and Butler also took home the title in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:26.01.
2012 Wendy’s/PSU Open
UMKC senior Kimoya Harriott claimed her second title of the season at the PSU/Wendy’s Open hosted by Pittsburgh State with a throw of 139-00 (42.38m) in the javelin, the third furthest throw in school history. The St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, native now holds the top four spots in the event in school history.
On the men’s side, sophomore Kris Leverette’s toss of 170-04 (51.93m) in the hammer throw was a new personal best and good for second place in the event, while senior Ramon Nelson finished right behind in third place with a mark of 169-01 (51.54m).
Okonta Named Athlete of the Week
Kansas City senior D.C. Okonta earns his first career Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week honor after winning the triple jump at the Tulsa Duels. The senior posted a league-best jump of 50’0” (15.24m), which ranks 12th in the NCAA. His jump would tie last year’s league-best mark. The Liberty, Mo., native also recorded a sixth-place finish in the long jump (22’4.5”/6.82m), which is third in the league.
On the men’s side, five individuals, including Griffin Humphreys (95th - 3,00M SC), D.C. Okonta (12th - TJ), Jason Martin (59th - TJ), Blake Hocking (70th - SP) and Max Carroll (100th - Javelin), along with the 4x100 meter relay team of Daniel Prioleau, Brady Adams, Josh Butler and Jason Martin are all top 100 in the NCAA.
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.
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
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.
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 south to Emporia, Kan., to take part in the Emporia State Relays on Apr. 6.