LAWRENCE, Kan. – The UMKC men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in impressive performances throughout the day at the annual Jayhawk Classic, hosted by the University of Kansas, on Friday. A total of 25 student-athletes hit either season bests, personal bests, or both in their respective events.
On the women’s side, teammates Katherine Hanners and Sarah Jaloma finished first and second, respectively, in the one-mile run with season and personal best times of 5:16.36 and 5:17.18, respectively. Senior Elizabeth Nolke clocked in a second-place time of 2:59.56 to edge her personal best mark in the 1,000-meter run. Success continued on the track for the women, as Genel Rollins finished third in the 200-meter dash in 26.21 seconds.
In the field, Carolyn Ross leapt to a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 10.51 meters in her first showing in the event this season. Senior Blessing Oparaji notched a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a season-best 5.27 meters. Pole vaulter Christy Nell continued to show improvements for the Roos, clearing a season-best 3.44 meters – just 0.02 meters shy of matching her personal best. Sisters Matia and Rebecca Finley each threw personal bests in the shot put, finishing fifth and 12th, respectively, with marks of 12.79 meters and 12.03 meters, respectively.
A trio of triple jumpers on the men’s side – Christopher Bryan, Jeremy Harr and Shammawi Wellington – each recorded a season or personal best in the event, as Bryan finished second to lead the way for the Roos. Pole vaulters Lukas Van Der Watt and Luke Woodall each improved their marks in the event, as Van Der Watt cleared 4.98 meters to take second place. A pair of throwers – Perry Adderly and Jacob Hockman – each hurled personal-best distances in the weight throw, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively, in the event.
On the track, Daylan Quinn and Darrien Case finished second and third, respectively, in the one-mile run, each shaving time off of their season best performances. Fellow distance runners Lachlan Moore and Josh Sanders crossed the line in personal best times in the 1,000-meter run, as Moore collected the third-place finish in the event. Sophomore Jacquez Perry shaved time off of his season best time in the 400-meter dash, turning in the second-fastest time of 49.97 seconds.
UMKC will return to action next weekend at the two-day Herm Wilson Classic, hosted by Wichita State.
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