LAWRENCE, Kan. – The UMKC track and field team competed in the Rock Chalk Classic for its final meet of the regular season on Friday. Both the men's and the women's teams battled for second-place finishes behind host Kansas.
On the women's side, nearly 20 student-athletes finished in the top-five in their individual events. For the second consecutive week, Chantel Bethune (St. Louis, Mo.) finished first in the 400-meter dash after crossing the line in 54.80 seconds. The senior also notched a personal best in the 200-meter dash, finishing fifth with a time of 24.63 seconds. Mia Jerman (St. Geneviewe, Mo.) placed first in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:16.33.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Remy Abrought (Kansas City, Mo.) and Jada Steele (Detroit, Mich.) finished second and third, respectively, with personal best times of 13.81 seconds and 14.18 seconds, respectively.
Thrower Martana Stemmons (Columbia, Mo.) hit a personal best mark in all three of her throwing events that included a first-place performance in the shot put with a mark of 13.67 meters. Teammate Matia Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) also finished in the top-five in the shot put, hammer throw and discus. Freshman Christy Nell (Cape Town, South Africa) broke the school record in the women's pole vault for the third-straight meet after clearing 3.68 meters.
On the men's side, 18 student-athletes finished in the top-five in several individual events. Sophomore Chadayne Walker (Portmore, Jamaica) finished first in the 100-meter dash with a wind-aided time of 10.50 seconds. Teammate Justin Martin (Kansas City, Mo.) finished third in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 10.67 seconds and 21.51 seconds, respectively.
Sophomore Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing with a personal best time of 9:02.63. His performance set a Rock Chalk Park record and currently ranks 43rd in the NCAA West Region.
In the field, pole vaulter Lukas van der Watt (Vrendenburg, South Africa) broke his own school record in the event. The freshman cleared 5.12 meters to rank 31st in the NCAA West Region and second in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Roos will open the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in McAllen, Texas, on May 11.
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