LINCOLN, Neb. – The UMKC track and field team combined for 12 top-five finishes, 12 personal bests and a school record at the Nebraska Tune-Up on Friday. Additionally, five student-athletes competed in events for the first time in their collegiate careers.
“This meet was good,” commented head coach Shameika McField.”We needed another competition before conference and I believe we were able to go and execute a few things. Having indoor next week, we have to take time to visualize and get excited about the hard work they have put in thus far and replace any doubt with determination.”
Four student-athletes finished second in their individual events, including junior Hanna Miller (Savannah, Mo.) who competed in the 600-meter run for the first time in her career. Miller crossed the finish line in a school record time of 1:35.36, which was one-second faster than the previous school record mark. She also is one of the program’s top-five performers in the event.
Continuing to impress was Remy Abrought (Kansas City, Mo.), Chesney Walker (Scottsbluff, Neb.), Darrien Case (Parkville, Mo.), Lachlan Moore (Nixa, Mo.) and Derrick Yoch (Shawnee, Kan.). All five student-athletes have moved into the top-five all-time in UMKC program history in their respective individual events.
Abrought finished second in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.53 seconds, shaving .20 seconds off her previous season best. Richard Smith (Kansas City, Mo.) leapt to a second-place distance of 14.22 meters in the triple jump, just ahead of teammate Jeremy Harr (Mukwonago, Wis.) who finished fourth in the event with a mark of 13.87 meters.
In the men’s pole vault, Lukas van der Watt (Vrendenburg, South Africa) matched his personal best, and school record mark, of 5.08 meters to finish second out of 11 competitors.
“Once again we had another meet with a good number of season bests and personal bests,” said assistant coach Brett Guemmer. “Hopefully the student-athletes gained a little confidence going into next week. Van der Watt proved to be consistent, jumping his own school record again. Hanna Miller also had another good day, breaking the 600-meter school record. We are excited for next week.”
The Roos will be back in action at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 23-25.
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