NAMPA, Idaho – After two days of competition at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, the UMKC women’s track and field team is currently sitting in third place with 48 points behind Grand Canyon (80) and Utah Valley (55). The Roos’ men’s track and field team is second behind Grand Canyon (84) with 59.5 points.
“We represented our school well today,” commented head coach Shameika McField. “There were some very exciting performances from the group.”
Nine women will advance to tomorrow’s finals in five different events on the track for UMKC. Remy Abrought (Kansas City, Mo.), the reigning WAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, finished first in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries with a school record time of 8.39 seconds. Teammates Mallory Short (Columbia, Mo.) and Jada Steele (Detroit, Mich.) will join Abrought in the finals on Saturday after turning in season best performances of 8.60 seconds and 9.11 seconds, respectively. In the 60-meter dash, Abrought crossed the finish line sixth with a personal best time of 7.76 seconds. Traci Mills (St. Louis, Mo.) will join Abrought in tomorrow’s final after finishing 0.05 seconds behind her.
“Remy and Mallory were strong technically,” said McField. “However, there is a lot of room for improvement with both the men and the women hurdles but they are up for the challenge.”
Sarah Fogarty (O’Fallon, Mo.) finished third in the one-mile run preliminaries with a season best time of 5:03.95 and Rachel Culberson (Florissant, Mo.) will advance to tomorrow’s 400-meter dash finals after posting a fifth-place finish in the event.
All three of UMKC’s 800-meter runners – Brooke Guiot (Warrensburg, Mo.), Hanna Miller (Savannah, Mo.), and Janelle Johnson (St. Louis, Mo.) – will advance to the event finals after finishing second, third and seventh, respectively.
In the field, pole vaulters Christy Nell (Cape Town, South Africa) and Mara Meneely (Kirkwood, Mo.) each cleared 3.46 meters to make their way into UMKC’s top-five performers list in the event. Throwers Matia Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) and Martanna Stemmons (Columbia, Mo.) each set a personal best in the weight throw, hurling 15.36 meters and 15.13 meters, respectively.
The Roos will send 10 men to the finals in six different events on the track on Saturday. Daylan Quinn (Mountain View, Mo.) finished first in the men’s one-mile run with a time of 4:24.69. Teammate, and reigning track athlete of the week, Darrien Case (Parkville, Mo.) finished fifth in the event and will join Quinn in the finals. Both student-athletes will be joined by Jackson Barbour (Shawnee, Kan.) in the 800-meter finals tomorrow after Barbour led the pack with a third-place time of 1:56.65 in the preliminaries.
Three Roos – Jamarice Preston (Dallas, Texas), Jacquez Perry (St. Louis, Mo.) and Eric Yarbrough (St. Louis, Mo.) – went one-three-five in the 400-meter dash preliminaries to advance to Saturday’s finals in the event. Preston will also compete in the 200-meter dash finals with teammates Justin Martin (Kansas City, Mo.) and Chadayne Walker (Portmore, Jamaica).
Martin and Walker made their first appearances at the championships in the 60-meter dash preliminaries and finished first and fifth, respectively, with times of 6.86 seconds and 6.94 seconds, respectively.
In the field, Alex Gutierrez (Glendale, Ariz.) claimed the first individual gold medal of the championships in the high jump after clearing 2.02 meters. Gutierrez went on to compete in the long jump for the first time in his career alongside Christopher Bryan (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Jeremy Harr (Mukwonago, Wis.) and Zane Lockhart (Plattsmouth, Neb.), who all recorded personal bests in the event and finished in the top-10.
“Alex set the tone for the men by winning the high jump and from there the team fed off his energy,” said McField. “Christopher had an amazing day. Outside of finishing seven events in the multis, he came back and performed well in the high jump, long jump and advanced to the finals in the hurdles.”
Bryan finished the final three heptathlon events to begin Friday’s events and collected a school record total of 4,929 points in the event. Lockhart finished seventh overall with 4,208 points, moving him into the top-five performers list at UMKC.
Both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams were crowned champion to end the second day of running events. The women’s quartet of Nolke, Miller, Guiot and Mia Jerman (St. Genevieve, Mo.) turned in a season best performance with a time of 12:16.08, nearly 10 seconds faster than the second-place Lopes. The men’s group of Case, Perry, Barbour and Quinn crossed the line in a remarkable time of 10:27.82.
“It was especially sweet to end the day with both distance medley relays teams sealing a victory,” added McField. “As a staff we get excited seeing our team perform at their potential. They always show up for conference championships. Tomorrow, the finals will be big. Collectively, we are replacing all doubt with determination and replacing tiredness with tenacity. We are really looking forward to tomorrow.”
The Roos will wrap-up competition at the indoor championships on Saturday beginning with the men’s shot put, women’s triple jump and women’s high jump starting at 10 a.m. CT. Fogarty will begin running events for the Roos with the women’s one-mile final slated to start at 1 p.m. CT.
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