KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC track & field teams opened up the 2019 portion of their indoor season at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan., at Ahearn Field House.
“Obviously our fitness is not where we want it to be,” Interim Head Coach Benaud Shirley said. “It's always tough coming back from winter break, but the season is early and we have a lot of work ahead. We will keep on working and progress throughout the indoor season.”
In the event, the Roos posted 17 personal bests as well as a pair of top-five all-time performances in school history.
Perry Adderley claimed the victory in the shot put with a toss of 16.12 meters, the third best mark in school history.
“I was fairly pleased with my overall performance in today’s meet,” Adderley said. “Although I didn’t get the marks I wanted to in the weight throw, I knew I could make up for it in the shot put. I trusted my training from this week’s practice and aimed to correct everything Coach Bishop pointed out to me. Thankfully I was able to execute and came out of the competition with a new personal best. I’m looking forward to improving in every event throughout the season and taking home a WAC Championship.”
Other top-three Roo performances included Sommer Herner in the 800 meter (2:18.94 – 2nd), Malon Lee in the 300 meter (41.49 – 2nd), Josh Sanders in the 800 meter (1:57.94 – 3rd) and Traci Mills in the triple jump (10.47m – 3rd).
“Coming off of winter break, it’s refreshing to have Perry Adderley take the W and throw a personal best in the shot put,” Assistant Coach Brian Bishop said. “I’m looking forward to the team getting into their groove for the indoor season.”
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Northwest Open hosted by Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo.,
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