Track & Field Heads South To Emporia For State Farm/ESU Relays
UMKC Athletics 4-6-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.)  - The UMKC track & field team will continue its 2012 Outdoor season when it heads to Emporia, Kan., to take part in the State Farm/ESU Relays on Apr. 7.

2011 Emporia State Invitational

Last season Chelsea Richardson led the 'Roos in Emporia, finishing fifth in the long jump and 16th in the 100m, while D.C. Okonta placed fourth in the long jump.

Last Time Out

UMKC senior Kimoya Harriott claimed her second title of the season at the PSU/Wendy's Open hosted by Pittsburgh State with a throw of 139-00 (42.38m) in the javelin, the third furthest throw in school history.  The St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, native now holds the top four spots in the event in school history.

    On the men's side, sophomore Kris Leverette's toss of 170-04 (51.93m) in the hammer throw was a new personal best and good for second place in the event, while senior Ramon Nelson finished right behind in third place with a mark of 169-01 (51.54m).

    In the shot put, meanwhile, Nelson recorded the fourth best mark in school history at 50-11.00 (15.52m), placing him fourth in the event, while Leverette placed 11th (42-06.75 - 12.97m).

    In the women's hammer throw, the 'Roos claimed three of the top seven spots with Denise Banda leading the way with a fourth place finish after a throw of 165-00 (50.29m), her personal best and the third furthest mark in UMKC history, while Harriott (sixth) and senior Susan Brueggemann (seventh) also registered personal bests with marks of 153-05 (46.76m) and 149-11 (45.70m), respectively.

Harriott Twice A Champ

Twice this season Kimoya Harriott has finished first in the javelin.  At the Tulsa Duels, the senior won with a throw of 48.43m, while capturing the title at the Wendy's/PSU Open with a mark of 42.38.  At the MU Relays, meanwhile, Harriott placed second.

Records Fall

After three meets in the outdoor season, the 'Roos have already broken three school records.  On the men's side, junior Max Carroll broke is old mark with a throw of 58.23m in the Javelin, while senior Kimoya Harriott broke her record in the same event on the women's side with a toss of 48.  43.  Freshman Courtney Frerichs, meanwhile, broke the 3,000 meter steeplechase mark with a time of 10:42.23.

Frerichs Named Summit League Female Track Athlete of the Week

Nixa, Mo., native Courtney Frerichs captured her first career Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award on Mar. 27 after recording a first-place finish and setting a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Missouri Relays.  Her time of 10:42.23 was 52.41 faster than the previous record, is tops in the league and ranks 10th in the nation.  Frerichs' honor marks the first for a UMKC female outdoor track and field athlete since 2005.

Reigning Champions

Both the men's and the women's squad return an individual champion from a season ago, as Cosmas Ayabei will look to defend his title in the 10,000 meter, while Kimoya Harriott will try to do the same in the Javelin.

Summit League Preseason Poll

The UMKC women's track & field team was selected to finish fifth and the men's team sixth in The Summit League Preseason Poll in a vote by the league's head coaches, it was announced on Mar. 13.  The 'Roos, who finished fifth on the men's side and sixth on the women's side in last season's championship, received 28 and 47 points respectively in the polls.

Indoor Season

The UMKC track and field team completed the 2012 Summit League Indoor Championships as the men placed sixth (75 points) and the women finished fifth (63 points).

    On the men's side, UMKC brought home the silver and bronze medals in the weight throw with Ramon Nelson placing second (58-00.25 - 17.68m) and Kris Leverette (57-04.25 - 17.48m)  finishing third.  Charles Hinton won the silver medal in the 60-meter dash (7.08) and Kristen Hepburn won the bronze medal in the 60-meter hurdles (8.34).  In the 200-meter dash, Josh Butler won the bronze medal (22.44), while D.C. Okonta placed second in the triple jump with a mark of  47-03.50 (14.41m).  In the 5,000 meters, Cosmas Ayabei placed third with a time of 14:39.77 to take home the bronze medal as Group A (Chandler Hannah, Butler, Jonathan Barnett, Redell Frazier) also placed third in the 4x400-meter relay.

    On the women's side, Jylian Jaloma finished third with a school-best 10:01.81 in the 3,000 meters, while Stephany Johnson finished second in triple jump with a mark of 40-06.75 (12.36m) despite suffering a leg injury.

    Rounding out the weekend for UMKC was Group A (Sa'Kia Taylor, Viola Kleiser, Veronica Rollins, Briana Carter) in the 4x400-meter relay finished third with a time of 3:48.23.

Last Season

The Kangaroos earned one silver medal, two bronze medals and had 18 student-athletes score points in The Summit League Championships.

    The men's team took fifth overall with 74 points and the women's team finished sixth with 52 points.

    Cosmas Ayabei earned two medals at the 2011 Outdoor Championships, earning silver in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:59.34 and gold in the 10,000 meters.

    Oscar Emegano also earned two medals at the championships, jumping his way to a bronze medal in the men's triple jump and the silver medal in the men's long jump the day before.

    Kimoya Harriott, meanwhile, took first in the women's javelin with a season-high mark of 144-01 (43.92m).

Incoming 'Roos

Currently, the 'Roos have signed four members to the 2012 recruiting class including Brady Adams (Nixa, Mo./Nixa HS - Sprints), Kelsey Benoit (Centralia, Mo./Centralia HS - Throws), Blake Hocking (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State HS - Throws) and Kolton Sheldon (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit North - Distance).

Kangaroos In The Classroom

Last season, 35 Kangaroo track & field student-athletes were named to The Summit League Winter/Spring Academic all-League Team for posting a GPA above 3.0 in the semester in which they competed, while 12 were named Distinguished Scholars for achieving greater than a 3.60 GPA.

    Additionally, 16 were named to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence for carry a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.

Head Coach McField

Shameika McField was named the head coach for the UMKC track and field/cross country programs on March 4, 2008.  Before her appointment, McField served as the interim head coach for the Kangaroos from January to March 2008.  McField joined the athletics department in September 2007 as an academic advisor.

    In 2010, McField coached Anthony Boyer to the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles.  Boyer was also recognized as The Summit League Championship Track MVP, the February Athlete of the Month and the Co-Track Athlete of the Year.  In 2011, Cosmas Ayabei finished 56th in the Cross Country NCAA Championships.

Next Up for the Kangaroos...

The 'Roos will continue their outdoor season next week when they head to Wichita, Kan., for the KT Woodman on Apr. 13-14.

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