AUSTIN, Texas – A group of Roos are ready to compete at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, on May 25-27.
“We are really excited to send a group of student-athletes to the first round,” commented head coach Shameika McField. “It will be a great experience for the underclassmen and an awesome way for seniors to finish their careers. The student-athletes are physically prepared and mentally ready for the strong competition ahead. They will all represent the UMKC program well.”
Harpreet Dosanjh (Overland Park, Kan.) will begin events for UMKC with the men's javelin throw at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday. His winning mark of 62.24 meters at the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships is the 43rd furthest in the NCAA West Region.
At the WAC Outdoor Championships, Christopher Bryan (St. Catherine, Jamaica) won two events and contributed 27.50 points to UMKC's team total to obtain the league's High Point Award. His winning leap of 7.56 meters in the men's long jump earned himself a spot in the field of 48 at the first round.
On Friday, twin sisters Matia Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) and Rebecca Finley (Lawrence, Kan.) will open UMKC's lone women's field event at 12 p.m. CT with the discus throw. Each earned a spot in the field of 48 after finishing the regular season with personal best performances of 50.82 meters and 50.58 meters, respectively. The duo currently ranks first and second in the event in UMKC program history.
Freshman Lukas van der Watt (Vredenburg, South Africa) is also set to begin competition in the men's pole vault at 12 p.m. CT on Friday. The pole vaulter broke his own UMKC school record in the event at the Roos' regular season finale after clearing 5.12 meters to earn a spot in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Thrower Blake Hocking (Lawrence, Kan.) will lead the way in the field for the Roos, competing in the men's shot put and discus. The men's shot put will close events on Friday evening, while the discus will open the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
Richard Smith (Kansas City, Mo.) enters the national meet with the 24th-best mark in the men's triple jump after leaping 15.63 meters in the event earlier this season.
The top-12 finishers from each individual event will punch their tickets to go to Eugene, Ore., for the final round of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 7-10 at historic Hayward Field.
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