Courtesy: Clayton Hotze
Track & Field Heads To Orem, Utah For WAC Championships
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:05/14/2014

(Kansas City, Mo.) – The Kansas City track & field team will head to Orem, Utah, for the WAC Championships on May 14-17 at the Hal Wing Track & Field hosted by Utah Valley.

Venue
The Hal Wing Track & Field is UVU’s newest athletic facility as it was completed in the fall of 2010. A significant donation from Hal Wing, the owner and CEO of Little Giant Ladder Systems, and his wife Brigitte helped make the track facility possible.  In its first season of competition the track played host to the 2011 Great West Conference Championships, which UVU went on to capture both the men’s and women’s titles.  The eight-lane track is located directly northwest of the UCCU Center.

2014 WAC Indoor Championship
In the WAC Indoor Championships the UMKC women finished send with 144.5 points, while the men placed fourth with 80 points.  Overall, the ‘Roos had six individual champions.

2013 Summit League Outdoor Championship
D.C. Okonta won the triple jump with a mark of 14.79 meters, a day after finishing second in the long jump, to claim the 2013 Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships Track MVP and lead the men to a fourth place finish with 121 points.

    Courtney Frerichs, meanwhile, claimed her second title of the event, winning the 5,000 meter run in a Summit League Championships record time of 16:42.63, giving her 20 of the ‘Roos 94 total points and helping the team to a fifth place result.  Frerichs first title came in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a Summit League Championships record time of 10:15.79.
    The ‘Roos other title, meanwhile, came from Rich McCoy in the long jump.

Last Time Out
Senior Kris Leverette led the Kansas City track and field team at the Arkansas Twilight, breaking Josh Whisman’s 12-year old mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 183-5 (55.92m) to place third at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark.  Leverette added two more personal bests with throws of 42-11.75 (13.10m) in the shot put and 144-8 (44.09m) in the discus, placing fifth and fourth in the event, respectively.

    In the women’s throws, Dahlia Dyson notched the fifth best mark in school history with a mark of 169-1 (51.55m) in the hammer throw to place third, while also adding third place results in the discus throw (150-0 – 45.71) and shot put (38-0.25 – 11.59m).  Kelsey Benoit, meanwhile, finished second in the shot put with a toss of 43-0.25 (13.12m) and Sarah Krig finished fourth with a personal best throw of 34-00.25 (10.37m).
    In the 3,000 meter run, freshman Kelly Carpenter crossed the line in a time of 10:06.92, the second best time in UMKC history, while fellow distance runner Griffin Humphreys finished fifth in the 3,000 meter steeple chase with a personal best time of 9:35.08.
    Claiming title in the event for the ‘Roos were Zak Snow in the 400 meter hurdles with personal best time of 53.52 and Josh Harden in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 46-10 (14.27m).

Miller Named WAC POW
Kansas City’s Bryce Miller has been named the Western Athletic Conference men’s track and field Athlete of the Week for April 21-27.

    Miller, a freshman from Ashland, Wis. (Ashland HS), broke his own school record in the 3,000-meter steeple chase while placing fifth at the Drake Relays. His time of 9:01.37 stands as the fastest time in the WAC this season, 38th in the west region and 73rd in the NCAA.

Hocking Take Shot Put Record
At the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational hosted by Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo., sophomore Blake Hocking broke a 12-year old student record in the shot put with a toss of 17.12 meters (56-2) breaking Josh Whisman’s mark of 55-5.

Leverette Claims Hammer Record
Senior Kris Leverette claimed the third throwing record for the ‘Roos this season, grabbing the mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 183-5.

Records Fall In California
When the ‘Roos visited Southern California on Apr. 17-18 they took down a pair of records.  The first fell when freshman Bryce Miller broke the 14 year old mark in the steeple chase at the Mt. SAC Relays, before breaking it again at the Drake Relays, while the second fell when senior Shanelle Williams broke her own record in the 100 meter hurdles also at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Sisters, Sister
This season, the ‘Roos roster features the Carter sisters, junior Briana and freshman Jasmine.  The Warrensburg, Mo., natives both compete in jumps and sprints for the ‘Roos.

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 third and fourth fastest times in school history, respectively.  Nathan Keown, meanwhile, slid into the second spot at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

Tops In The Conference
Entering the WAC Championships senior Shanelle Williams is first in the WAC in the 100 meter hurdles with a school record time of 13.88.

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, while Dahlia Dyson moved into second with a toss of 44-10.25 at the Missouri Relays.

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 who qualify will head to the NCAA West Regionals in Fayetteville, Ark., on May 29-31.

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