SEATTLE, Wash. – With strong expectations heading into championship weekend, the UMKC men’s and women’s cross country teams finished third in a tough field Saturday afternoon in Seattle, Wash.
Competing for a three-peat in Seattle this weekend, the UMKC men’s squad could not hold their ground from the previous two years as the team fell short of holding a WAC conference title for the third consecutive year at Jefferson Golf Course.
Head coach Shameika McFields gave her input on the men’s run for a third conference title in as many years.
“We struggled on the men’s side today but still had three of the guys run a personal best,” commented McFields. “Even though we are very talented, we have to realize that the conference is getting better and we simply cannot get ourselves lost in a race.”
It was a great performance from both teams as four from the men’s side finished in the top 20 for the 8k race, which included a top 10 performance from senior runner Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.). Johnson completed the men’s race at a pace of 24:44.10.
“Marcus did exceptional job staying in the race and being the first Roo to finish for our team,” stated McFields. “He continued to persevere as he has had to overcome several injuries and ailments recently.”
Next in line for the 8k race was sophomore runner Ryan Parson (Farmington, Mo.), who ended his day with a 13th place finish. Parson’s time for Saturday’s meet clocked in at 24:54.20.
“Ryan sat out last year due to injuries and had a very strong performance and personal best this weekend,” commented McFields.
Moving to the women’s side, senior runner Mia Jerman (Ste. Genevieve, Mo.) delivered another stellar performance for the Roos as she finished in second place in the 6k race. Jerman glided through the competition and gave UMKC a chance to finish the 2018 strong for UMKC team looking to capture a WAC title this year.
Moving down the leaderboard, sophomore runner Katherine Hanners (Jackson, Mo.) secured a 12th place finish in Seattle, Wash. It was a great showing for Hanners, who has come into her own during this 2018 campaign for the Roos. Hanners pace for the race ended at 21:24.00 on a foggy afternoon at Jefferson Golf Course.
McFields had some thoughts on the women’s performance from Seattle, Wash.
“Mia fought her way through the field to finish second as she ran out of course room to for defend her 2017 win,” stated McFields. “Hanners surprised herself with a 47 sec PR and is coming along great as she raced strong and smart on Saturday.” “Everyone held their own and did their part to allow the girls to finish third in the meet.”
Both squads ended up with some All-WAC selections for the year as Johnson, Parsons and Max Selbach all earned Second-Team All-WAC Selections for 2018. Jerman and Hanners delivered first and second team selections for the Roos, making a total of five UMKC runners who earned conference selections after Saturday’s meet.
With the completion of the WAC Championships for this weekend, the Roos will now look ahead to the Midwest Cross Country Regionals. The meet will take place on Friday, Nov. 9th in Peoria, Ill.
First Team All-WAC (Men)
- Kevin Lynch, Utah Valley
- Omer Almog, UT Rio Grande Valley
- Abraham Chirchir, UT Rio Grande Valley
- Anthony Ocegueda, Utah Valley
- Daniel Flores, Grand Canyon
- Eli Boudouris, Seattle U
Second Team All-WAC
- Ben Monk, Seattle U
- Lanek Keditukei, Utah Valley
- Marcus Johnson, UMKC
- Hawk Call, Utah Valley
- Geoffrey Kemboi, Utah Valley
- Ryan Parson, UMKC
- Max Selbach, UMKC
First Team All-WAC (Women)
- Anett Somogyi, California Baptist
- Mia Jerman, UMKC
- Karolina Iznerowicz, California Baptist
- Mercy Chelangat, UT Rio Grande Valley
- Fruzsina Ladanyi, California Baptist
- Hannah Branch, Utah Valley
- Savannah Neuberger, Utah Valley
Second Team All-WAC
- Anna Mate, California Baptist
- Aisha Graham, Utah Valley
- Julia Yescas, NM State
- Elizabeth Balsan, Grand Canyon
- Katherine Hanners, UMKC
- Jessica Dominguez, NM State
- Jennifer Zapata, UT Rio Grande Valley
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