Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
Kangaroos Head to Wichita State to Partake in the Varsity Apartments Invitational Over the Weekend
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:02/02/2012
(Kansas City, Mo.) - Friday and Saturday, the UMKC track and field team will head to Wichita, Kan. to compete in the Varsity Apartments Invitational, hosted by Wichita State.

On Friday, the events are set to begin with the women's pentathlon 60-meter hurdles at 11 a.m. as Saturday's festivities will kickoff at 9:45 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles.

Last Time Out for UMKC...

It took part in the Jayhawk Classic, hosted by Kansas on Friday, Jan. 27.

In the women's 600-yard run, sophomore Veronica Rollins turned in her best performance of the season by finishing second with a school-best time of 1:25.68.

On the men's side of the 600-yard run, senior Redell Frazier finished third with a time of 1:12.99, which was the fourth best performance in UMKC indoor track and field history. 

In the distance events, UMKC made its mark with sophomore Alloch Burton, junior Cosmas Ayabei, junior Zach Mathias, senior Jylian Jaloma, freshman Courtney Frerichs, and senior Aubrey Frederking leading the way.

In the early session of the men's 3,000 meters, Burton finished third with a personal best time of 8:54.81.  Later in the day, competing in his first meet of the season, Ayabei finished first with a time of 8:29.60, which was the fourth best performance in school indoor history.

Mathias' best performance of the day came in the mile when he finished with a personal best time of 4:14.58, which was the fourth best performance in school indoor history.

In the women's mile, Jaloma finished first crossing the finish line at 5:04.66 for the second best performance in school indoor history.  Jaloma now holds two of the top-five best indoor performances in this event in school history. 

Finishing fourth in the mile with a time of 5:09.87, this performance by Frerichs' was the fourth best in UMKC indoor track and field history.

As for Frederking, she finished third in the 1,000 meters (3:00.27), which was the second best performance in school indoor history.

In the men's weight throw, sophomore Kris Leverette and junior Ramon Nelson finished first and second. 

Leverette's finishing mark of 57-10.05 (17.64) was the best by any Kangaroo this season, and was the third best performance in school indoor history.  For Nelson, he finished with a mark of 57-02.00 (17.42).

No Rust for Cosmas

The last time Ayabei competed in any competition since the end of the 2010-11 track and field season was in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21, 2011 as he finished 56th out of 252 runners while crossing the finish line at 30:26.03. 14 seconds earlier, he would have been an All-American selection.

At the Jayhawk Classic, Cosmas showed no signs of rust as he finished first in the 3,000 meters with the fourth best time (8:29.60) in UMKC indoor and track field history. Ayabei now holds three of the top-five best performances in this event in school indoor history.  

 Never To Late

After not competing in his junior season after transferring from Johnson County Community College (Kan.), Frazier has recorded the best finishes by a Kangaroo this season in the 400-meter dash and 600-yard run.  

On day two of the Holiday Inn Invitational, Frazier finished fifth with a personal best time of 49.37 in 400-meter dash.  Then this past weekend at the Jayhawk Classic, the Rollingfork, Miss. native finished third with the fourth best performance in school indoor history with a time of 1:12.99.

Frazier now holds two of the top-five best performances in this event including a school-best 1:12.29 he set earlier this season at the Holiday Preview on Dec. 9. 

Next Up for the Kangaroos...

Will be the Iowa State Classic hosted by the Iowa State Cyclones on Friday, Feb. 10 as start times are yet to be announced.

This meet will be a national qualifying competition for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho.

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