Taylor Finishes First in the 400-Meter Dash as Nelson Fairs Well in the Throw's
UMKC Athletics 1-22-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.) - Saturday, for the second weekend in a row, the UMKC track and field squad traveled to Manhattan, Kan. to compete in a meet hosted by Kansas State.

Last week, only some members of the Blue & Gold competed in the KSU Invitational in Manhattan as the others took part in the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.

On the women's side, sophomore Michelle Momo's day included a third place finish (7.84) in the 60-meter dash and a fifth place finish in the long jump with a personal best mark of 17-06.75 (5.35).

Senior's Sa'Kia Taylor and Danielle Olive had a good day as well as Taylor finished first (58.63) in the 400-meter dash and Olive placed third (42.77) in the 300-meter dash.

In the 600-yard run, senior sprinter Autumn Scott finished second crossing the finish line at 1:27.90.  Also in this event, sophomore Veronica Rollins finished fifth with a personal best time of 1:28.26.

In the 4x400-meter relay, the Kangaroos had two groups place in the top three with Group A (Briana Carter, Taylor, Rollins, and Scott) finishing second with a time of 3:54.27 and Group B (Olive, Viola Kleiser, Momo, Shanelle Williams) placing third with a time of 4:05.19.

Saturday also included senior Denise Banda placing fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 53-08.25 (16.36). 

Other notable finishes for the women were Stephany Johnson finishing second in the triple jump with a personal best mark 39.05-00 (12.01) and freshman Dahlia Dyson finishing fourth in the shot put with a mark 40-08.25 (12.40).

On the men's side, Johnathon Barnett finished second in the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.32, tying a personal best.

Also in the running events, senior Kristen Hepburn finished third (8.35) in the 60-meter hurdles and Group A (Chandler Hannah, Barnett, Xavier Kenney, and Josh Butler) placed second in the 4x400-meter relay.

In the jump's, senior D.C. Okonta finished second in the long jump with a mark of 22-04.50 (6.82) and Charles Hinton placed third with a mark of 43-03.75 (13.20) in the triple jump.

Junior Ramon Nelson had another superb day leading the Kangaroos in the throw events as he finished third in the weight throw with a mark of 55-07.75 (16.96) and second in the shot put with a mark of 50-04.50 (15.35). 

Next Up For the Kangaroos will be the Jayhawk Classic on Friday, Jan. 27 in Lawrence, Kan. hosted by Kansas.  Times are to be announced.

This will be the third time this season UMKC will have participated in a meet hosted by the Jayhawks as it took part in the Bob Timmons Challenge and Bill Easton Classic.



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