LINCOLN, Neb. – The UMKC track and field team turned in solid performances on both the men’s and the women’s side at the Husker Spring Invite on Saturday. The men’s team took second at the quadrangular meet, while the women’s squad finished fourth.
“We turned in very good performances this week,” commented head coach Shameika McField. “We were pleased to see everyone compete with aggression and confidence. Nebraska, North Dakota State and UNI are all teams that have regular presence at nationals. It was important for our team to show what we are capable of and step up. We did just that and now we will work on building from there. This team is not content and they are eager to prove success.”
Reigning Western Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week Darrien Case (Parkville, Mo.) excelled once again on the track for the Roos, this time finishing third in the 800-meter run with a school-record time of 1:50.91. This time erases the 1999-mark of 1:52.12 in the event.
UMKC’s 4x100-meter relay quartet of Christopher Bryan (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Justin Martin (Kansas City, Mo.), Traezon Henderson (Gardner, Kan.) and Chadayne Walker (Portmore, Jamaica) collected nine points towards the team total after crossing the line in 40.37 seconds. The first-place performance replaced the previous school record mark of 41.03 seconds that was set in 2000.
“It was especially exciting to see our men’s 4x100-meter relay team finish in 40.3 seconds and break the school record,” continued McField. “As a coach, it is a record I have been trying to break since I arrived at UMKC in 2008.”
On the women’s side, thrower Matia Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) finished fourth in the discus after hurling 50.82 meters in the event, restoring a 20-year-old school record at UMKC. Teammate Chantel Bethune (St. Louis, Mo.) continued the record-breaking trend, crossing the line second in the 400-meter dash in 54.40 seconds. Both Finley and Bethune’s performances rank 23rd and 27th, respectively, in the NCAA West Region.
“Today was a fun day,” assistant coach Brett Guemmer said. “We had two school records go down on the men’s side and two on the women’s side. The student-athletes went out there and competed well and the coaching staff is excited and proud of our weekend. We have a few who put themselves into regional qualifying positions, but they are aware of the work they need to do in order to solidify a spot. We are excited for what the next month has is store for this group.”
UMKC will travel to Wichita, Kan., next weekend for the KT Woodman Classic.
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