Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Kangaroos Gear Up For Summit League Championships
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:05/08/2013
(Kansas City, Mo.) – The Kansas City track & field team will head to Muncie, Ind., for the 2013 Summit League Outdoor Championships on May 9-11 at the University Track on the campus of Ball State.

Last Time Out

Dan Mann finished the 1,500 meter run in a time of 3:51.47, the fourth fastest time in school history, to finish as one of four Kangaroo champions at the Saluki Open in Carbondale, Ill.

     Kansas City’s three other titles came on the women’s side, as Stephany Johnson finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 12.21 meters, Jylian Jaloma won the 1,500 meter run in a time of 4:45.28 and Angel Gannon claimed the title in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:16.44.

     In the 800 meter run, a pair of ‘Roos notched personal bests with Luke Abouhalkah placing second in a time of 1:59.88 and Florence Osei finishing third with a time of 2:24.32.

     Jason Martin, meanwhile, recorded a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 6.89 meters to finish fourth, while Rich McCoy placed second with a jump of 7.23 meters.

     In the 1,500 meter run, Taylor Wardall finished second behind Mann with a time of 3:57.76, while Siara Stahl finished third on the women’s side in a time of 4:53.57

Summit League Leaders

Courtney Frerichs leads a trio of ‘Roos at the top of the Summit League performance list this season, as the sophomore holds the top marks in the 1,500 meter run and the 3,000 meter steeplechase.  Kimoya Harriott, meanwhile, holds the top spot in the javelin, while D.C. Okonta is the leader in the triple jump.

2012 Summit League Championships

The UMKC men’s track & field team finished in seventh place with 36 points, while the women’s squad also placed seventh, scoring 54 points over the three days of competition at the 2012 Summit League Track & Field Outdoor Championships at the Ellig Sports Complex in Fargo, N.D.

     The Kangaroos scored their first points of the championships in the 10,000 Meter Run when junior Sarah Meiners placed sixth with a time of 37:58.35 to score all three of the women’s points on the day, on the men’s side in the event, junior Cosmas Ayabei finished second with a time 31:46.91, the fifth fastest mark in UMKC history, to register eight points.

     Leading the way on day two for the Kangaroos were senior Dontay Taylor, junior Ramon Nelson and sophomore Michelle Momo, as each of the three scored points for UMKC.  Taylor, notched six points for the ‘Roos with a third place finish in the Long Jump with a jump of 7.41m (24-03.75), while Nelson’s personal best throw of 16.20m (53-01.75) was good for fifth in the Shot Put and second furthest in UMKC history.  Momo finished fifth in the Long Jump with a mark of 5.66m (18-07.00) to score four points, while the Fort Worth, Texas, native qualified first in the 100 meter Dash with a personal best time of 11.94, the third fastest time in UMKC history and qualified eighth in the 200 meter Dash with a personal best time of 25.20.

     Junior Cosmas Ayabei scored the Kangaroos highest finish of the final day, claiming a second place finish in the 5,000 meter Run with a time of 14:47.16, the second fastest mark in UMKC history, while the women’s 4x100 meter Relay team of Shanelle Williams, Jazmine Cooper, Chelsea Richardson and Michelle Momo also finished second with a time of 46.72, just .09 off the school record, collecting eight points for the ‘Roos.

NCAA Top 100’s

On the men’s side, D.C. Okonta (67th- TJ) is in the top 100 in the NCAA, while on the women’s side, Courtney Frerichs (8th - 3,000M SC and 87th - 5,000m), Michelle Momo (81st - LJ), Stephany Johnson (88th - TJ) and Kimoya Hariott (40th - Javelin) are all in the top-100.

Williams, Carroll & Frerichs Set KC Records

This season, three ‘Roos have placed themselves atop the Kansas City record books.  Sophomore Courtney Frerichs set the marks in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and the 5,000 meter run, while Shanelle Williams and Max Carroll broke the record in the 100 meter hurdles and javelin, respectively.  The trio joins Cosmas Ayabei (3,000M, 5,000M and 10,000M), Sarah Meiners (10,000M), Susan Brueggemann (shot put) and Kimoya Harriott (javelin) as current record holders on the roster.

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.

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 Hariott (Javelin) all advanced to the NCAA West Regionals.

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 Hariott, 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…

Qualifiers for the NCAA West Regionals will head to Austin, Texas, on May 23-25 for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships.

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