PITTSBURG, Kan. – The UMKC track and field teams competed on day two of the Gorilla Classic at Pittsburg State on Saturday.
“Some really good and some not so good performances this weekend, but we are still trying to put it together collectively as a team,” head coach Shameika McField said. “We know we have a lot of a lot of improvement to make but it will come. Mental preparation will be the critical component to our overall team success.”
Gabrielle Penaflor (Thornton, Colo.) placed sixth in the women’s 3,000M with a new personal record of 10:27.71. Three Roos placed in the top-eight in the men’s 3,000M. Quinlan Moll (Springfield, Mo.) was the top placer for the Roos in the men’s 3,000M placing second with a new PR of 8:34.68. Jason Fambrough (Raymore, Mo.) placed third with a new PR of 8:35.15 and Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.) placed eighth with a new PR of 8:40.47.
Daylan Quinn (Mountain View, Mo.) placed second in the men’s mile with a new PR of 4:16.98.
The men’s 4x400M placed second with a time of 3:13.88.
Lukas van der Watt (Vrendenburg, South Africa) placed second in the men’s pole vault with a new school record height of 16’ 8’’.
Jeremy Harr (Mukwonago, Wis.) placed fifth in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 46’ 10.25”.
Hanna Miller (Savannah, Mo.) placed third in the women’s 800M with a time of 2:15.05, and Brooke Guiot (Warrensburg, Mo.) placed fourth with a time of 2:15.99. Darrien Case (Parkville, Mo.) placed third in the men’s 800M with a new PR of 1:52.84.
“I saw a huge improvement in my performance from last week to this week,” Guiot said. “I really attribute the change to making a conscious decision to put myself in a position to succeed.”
“I was extremely proud of my team for representing so well at this meet,” Case said.
Three Roos recorded PR’s in the women’s seeded 3,000M. Sarah Fogarty (O’Fallon, Mo.) placed fourth with a new PR of 9:46.43, Chandler Carreon (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) placed seventh with a PR of 10:07.0 and Mia Jerman (Ste. Genevieve, Mo.) placed eighth with a new PR of 10:08.15.
“Rarely does a race go out as planned but today was pretty much ideal,” Fogarty said. “The competition and my teammates really pushed me to take that next step in my season.”
“It was a good meet this weekend,” assistant coach Brett Guemmer said. “I believe we had 38 season bests and 28 personal bests. It was definitely a step in the right direction. Not only was it good from a personal mark standpoint, but the athletes did a great job of competing and supporting their teammates from event to event.”
The Roos will compete next at the WAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-25 in Nampa, Idaho.
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