Kangaroos To Open Outdoor Season At Tulsa Duels
UMKC Athletics 3-16-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.) -The UMKC track & field teams will open up the outdoor season on Mar. 16-17 when it heads to Tulsa, Okla., for the Tulsa Duels hosted by Tulsa at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.

The Teams

Six teams will be sending both their men's and women's teams to the Tulsa Duels this weekend, including Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, UMKC and Western Illinois.  Missouri Southern, Missouri State and Nebraska-Omaha, meanwhile, will send just their women's squad to Tulsa, Okla.

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 weekend when they head to Columbia, Mo., for the MU Relays hosted by instate rival Missouri.

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