Kansas City Set For Annual Trip To Emporia Relays
UMKC Athletics 4-4-2014
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(Kansas City, Mo.) – The Kansas City track & field team continues its outdoor season when it heads to Emporia, Kan., for the Emporia Relays on Apr. 5.  The Event, hosted by Emporia State, will take place at the Zola Witten Track / Fran Welch Stadium.

In its 77th season, Frank Welch Stadium is the host of the Emporia Stat Track & Field.  The stadium is named in honor of ESU’s long-time coach and athletic director. Welch guided the efforts of the Hornet football program from 1928-42, and then again from 1946-54.

    The Super Turf playing surface is named for the W.S. and E.C. Jones Trust that provided the lead gift for the artificial surface.  Opened in 1937 and dedicated in 1960, the stadium sits just north of beautiful Lake Wooster and has seated as many as 10,000 fans when bleachers were added in each end zone. Permanent lighting makes it possible to televise games and play at night.

Last Time Out
The Kansas City track and field team closed out the Bill Cornell Spring Classic with the women finishing fifth with 63 points and the men placing seventh with 34.5 points at the Lew Hartzog Track & Field Complex in Carbondale, Ill.

    Freshman Kelly Carpenter led the ‘Roos, winning the 5,000 meter run with a personal best time of 17:35.87, while Bryce Miller placed second in the 3,000 meter steeple chase with a time of 9:23.20, the third best time in school history.  Griffin Humphreys added 1.5 points with a personal best 9:46.60 to place seventh, while freshman Gabrielle Penaflor placed third and Sarah Fogarty finished fourth to earn a combined 14 points for the ‘Roos.
    In the 5,000 meter run, senior Dirk Hudson and freshman James Barnett recorded the second and third fastest times in school history with Hudson placing fifth in a time of 14:51.52 and Barnett coming in sixth in a time of 14:51.86.
    Sophomore Blake Hocking placed fifth discus throw with a toss of 46.00m, while Dahlia Dyson was sixth on the women’s side with a mark of 43.53 meters.  In the shot put, meanwhile, Dyson improved upon her third best mark in school history with a toss of 13.26 meters to place sixth, while Kelsey Benoit placed fifth (13.32) and on the men’s side Hocking placed fourth (15.79).

On The 5K List
At the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, the ‘Roos Dirk Hudson and James Barnett excelled at in the 5,000 meter run, recording the second and third fastest times in school history, respectively.

Benoit Breaks Shot Put Record
In the first outdoor meet of the season, sophomore Kelsey Benoit claimed her first school record with a shot put mark of 44-10.6 at the Tulsa Duels.

Top Marks Return
The ‘Roos return a trio of individuals who hold UMKC records, including Max Carroll (Javelin), Courtney Frerichs (3K SC) and Shanelle Williams (100m Hurdles).  Brady Adams (200m),  Blake Hocking (SP), Taylor Wardell (1,500m), Michelle Momo (200m), Kelsey Benoit (SP) and Angel Gannon (800m), meanwhile, all sit second.

Frerichs Looks To Repeat
Last season, junior Courtney Frerichs advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 3,000 meter Steeple Chase where she finished sixth and earned all-american honors.  The Nixa, Mo., native, claimed the Summit League titles in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and the 5,000 meter run, returns for her second go round in the outdoor season this year.

Indoor Honors
In the indoor season, a trio of ‘Roos received honors at the WAC Championships with Courtney Frerichs winning Outstanding Track Performer, Dahlia Dyson winning Outstanding Field Performer and Briana Carter winning High Point Award.

Last Season
In 2013, UMKC posted four champions at the Summit League Champions with  D.C. Okonta (TJ), Courtney Frerichs (5K, 3K SC) and Rich McCoy (LJ), while Kimoya Harriott, McCoy, Michelle Momo, Frerichs, Okonta and Stephany Johnson all advanced to the NCAA West Regionals

    Frerichs, meanwhile, was named Summit League Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, after finishing 6th in the NCAA with a school record in the 3,000 meter steeple chase.

Joining The Hall
A pair of former ‘Roos track & field athletes were inducted into the UMKC Hall of Fame in Doug Fredrick and DeDe Steele.  Fredrick was a five-time Mid-Continent Conference champion in three different events, including three times as 400-meter hurdles.  Fredrick still ranks second in the pentathlon with 3,549 points.

    Steele was an NCAA National Qualifier in the weight throw indoors in both 1998 and 1999, as well as a national qualifier in the hammer throw outdoors in 1998… In the weight throw, she won the Mid-Con Conference title in both 1998 and 1999, while winning the crown in the hammer in 1999… Her long hammer throw of 175-11 still ranks second in school history, while her weight throw of 58-4.50 is third and shot put of 40-11.50 is fifth at UMKC.

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.

Up Next...
The ‘Roos will stay in state when they head to Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Relays on Apr. 11-12.


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