LAWRENCE, Kan. – The UMKC men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Rim Rock Classic this morning, finishing with 31 points and 36 points, respectively. Today’s victory marks the first time that either team has been able to overcome Kansas in UMKC program history.
“This year, our team is all about understanding standards versus expectations and the difference between the two as it relates to the sport,” head coach Shameika McField shared. “Competing, playing or racing at your full ability is the only way a coach can give honest critics of strengths and weaknesses. I am pleased with the performances from both the men and the women today. Besides the impressive wins, I am most pleased with the confidence that each student-athlete has in not only themselves but in each other.”
In the women’s 6-kilometer race, Mia Jerman (Ste. Genevieve, Mo.) and Sarah Fogarty (O’Fallon, Mo.) battled to a one-two finish with times of 21:17.7 and 21:19.6, respectively, while Chandler Carreon (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) finished closely behind with a fourth-place time of 21:52.8.
“We worked really well together as a team today,” Fogarty said. “When one of us started to fall off, the other would pull them through and vice versa. Today was really special because we all medaled and both the men’s and women’s team won. The best part was that we had a huge home crowd there to cheer on us to victory.”
“It’s a great day to be a Roo,” Carreon exclaimed. “Our team did a good job of responding and making necessary moves in the race, which helped us win today. In the next few workouts before Pre-Nationals, it will be important to practice making these moves.”
Additionally, Elizabeth Nolke (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Katherine Hanners (Jackson, Mo.) and Megan Mills (Nixa, Mo.) also finished in the top-25 for the Roos in a field of 66 competitors.
“I am really happy with how both teams competed today,” assistant coach Brett Guemmer commented. “We still have some things to work on, but this was definitely a step in the right direction. Mia and Sarah worked really well together in the front, and our other girls did a great job of closing the door. These ladies have been working extremely hard and their work is starting to show.”
On the men’s side, Quinlan Moll (Springfield, Mo.), Jason Fambrough (Raymore, Mo.), Nathan Keown (Columbia, Mo.), Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.) and Darrien Case (Parkville, Mo.) all finished in the top-10 overall for UMKC with times ranging from 24:52.6 to 25:25.2 in the 8-kilometer meet.
“It was a great showing today for the men’s and women’s cross country teams,” shared Johnson. “It is a huge accomplishment to beat Kansas on both sides and we have all worked hard awaiting this matchup. This is going to be a huge confidence booster for the rest of the season, especially heading into the Pre-National meet.”
“Going into this meet, we really just wanted to get a better idea of the level we are competing at right now,” Moll said. “Running well today gives us some confidence going into the race at Pre-Nationals, where we are looking to recreate that success and beat some teams that we haven’t before.”
“The guys did a great job of being there early on and closing over the last mile,” continued Guemmer. “Our seniors did an outstanding job of leading us and Marcus gave us a solid performance in the four spot. It was also good to see Darrien and Daylan bring us home in the fifth and sixth spot.”
The Roos will take two weeks off from competition to gear up for the 2017 NCAA Division I Pre-Nationals Invitational, hosted by Louisville, on Oct. 14.
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