Men Place 4th, Women 5th at WAC Championships
UMKC Athletics 2-23-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC track & field teams closed out the WAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in Nampa, Idaho, with the men placing fourth with 105.50 points and the women fifth with 68 points.

"We had some great Individual performances this weekend," Interim Head Coach Benaud Shirley said.  "As a team we fell short in some areas.

Christopher Bryan had a good weekend. Just great to see him battle through his injuries and earning the high points award as well as top field performer.  Malon Lee had a good weekend breaking the school record in the 200m.  We just have to improve in the areas we fell short and continues to work hard as a team."

Christopher Bryan claimed the Roos lone title in the event with a jump of 15.50 meters in the triple jump, while also placing second in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.15 and third in the long jump with a jump of 7.41 meters.  Bryan also took home the Men's High Point Athlete and the Men's Field Outstanding Athlete.

Perry Adderley, meanwhile finished second in the shot put at 16.55 meters, the third best throw in school history, while Jaquez Perry notched a second place finish in the 400 meter dash with his time of 48.75 standing as the fourth best time in school history.

"I was pleased with my performance at this (my last) indoor conference meet," Adderley said. "Despite a rough start I trusted my training and Coach Bishop’s wisdom during the competition. With that and the support of my teammates I was able to leave with a personal best and represent the Roos with pride. I’m excited for this upcoming outdoor season and looking forward to what God has in store for me."

Ekhardt Van der Watt’s height of 4.94 meters in the pole vault was good for second in the event and second in the UMKC record book.

On the women’s side, Katy McAuley finished second in the pole vault at 3.71 meters and Louisa Nylander finished second in the 60 meter dash at 7.63, the second best time in school history.

Malon Lee, meanwhile, notched two top-five UMKC results as her time of 7.66 in the 60 meter dash is tied for third in school history and her time of 24.68 in the 200 meter dash is a new school record.

"This weekend went really well for me," Lee said. "I went into conference with the goal of setting new PR’s as well as getting on the podium. I walked away with huge PR’s as well as a school record, I’m beyond happy with this weekend but now the work begins for outdoor season."

In the pentathlon, Carolyn Ross scored 3,181 points to place fourth and fifth in school history.

"I came into the meet knowing that it was going to take PRs to place," Ross said.  "There’s still work that needs to be done. But I’m happy with my performance! Ready for outdoor training to start!"

The men’s 4x400 meter relay team also claimed a second place result.

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