EMPORIA, Kan. – Five school records were broken at the Emporia State Relays on Saturday and highlighted the UMKC track and field team’s outing in its second meet of the outdoor season.
Both the women’s and men’s 4x800-meter relay records were demolished, as well as the women’s 3,000-meter run, men’s discus and men’s pole vault marks.
The women’s 4x800-meter relay quartet of Elizabeth Nolke (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Brooke Guiot (Warrensburg, Mo.), Janelle Johnson (St. Louis, Mo.) and Hanna Miller (Savannah, Mo.) clocked in a meet record time of 9:17.51 and finished nearly a minute faster than the second-place team. The time turned in by the group replaced the previous UMKC school record mark of 9:40.45.
On the men’s side, Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.), Daylan Quinn (Mountain View, Mo.), Jason Fambrough (Raymore, Mo.) and Darrien Case (Parkville, Mo.) edged its opponent by three seconds, and just missed the meet record, with a time of 7:44.11. The school record time erases the previous mark of 7:54.40.
Both the women’s and men’s time in the relay event restores a standard that was set in 1997.
Freshman Mia Jerman (St. Genevieve, Mo.) opened running events for UMKC with a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:59.67. Her time replaced Jennifer Casebeer’s time of 10:01.63 that was set in 1998.
Thrower Blake Hocking (Lawrence, Kan.) opened the outdoor season with a school record toss of 50.20 meters in the discus and improved his mark to 53.36 meters at the ESU Relays, finishing third of 51 competitors in the event.
Newcomer Lukas van der Watt (Vrendenburg, South Africa) finished fourth in the pole vault after clearing 5.02 meters and soaring to the top of the UMKC record book. With his mark, he now holds both the indoor and outdoor top-spot in the event.
Several student-athletes competed in individual events for the first time in their careers and others for the first time this season. Both Jerman and Quinn hit USA Track & Field Junior Championship standards in their respective individual events.
Overall, the UMKC women finished second out of 25 women’s teams, while the men finished third out of 20 men’s teams competing at the event.
The Roos will continue the outdoor slate at the Husker Spring Invite in Lincoln, Neb., on April 8.
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