KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC track & field teams closed out the 2018 portion of their indoor season when they took part in the K-State Winter Invitational in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday afternoon.
“It was a great day for the team; we had some great performances,” coach Benaud Shirley said. “It's shows that the work we put in over the past few months is starting to pay off. We will take finals next week and hopefully we keep working over winter break and set yourself up for a great season.”
The Roos notched eight first place results, 33 personal bests and eight top-five all-time results in the meet, including a school record mark of 3.95m in the pole vault by Katy McAuley.
“I was very happy about how the meet went today,” McAuley said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to vault for UMKC for my fifth year and to be able to capture the school record was so exciting. I feel faster and stronger this year and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Perry Adderley finished with one of the Roos top-five all time performances with a toss of 17.57m in the weight throw.
“I was extremely pleased with my performance today,” Perry Adderley said. “I was confident that once I applied what we worked on in practice, I would be able to produce a personal best. With my coach's guidance I was able to improve on every throw. I am looking forward to excelling even further throughout the season and representing the Roos with pride.”
“It was an excellent day from the throws - personal record from Reba Finley in shot put, Terrell Jackson in the weight throw, and a top 5 performance and personal record for Perry Adderley in the weight throw,” throws coach Brian Bishop said. “Look for the school record to go down soon.”
Malon Lee added a second place finish in the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.83, placing her in the top-five all-time in UMKC history.
“I opened up the season with a good 60-meter dash time and on top of that I PR’d,” Lee said. “My goal for today was to beat the 300-meter dash record, and although I fell off short by milliseconds, I believe that I ran a really strong race. Today was a good day but there is still room for improvement!”
Winning results were notched by Christopher Bryan (60m hurdles, long jump, triple jump), Josh Sanders (600y), Max Selbach (mile), Leyla Edwards (long jump) and Traci Mills (triple jump).
“The meet today was a quick one, with short breaks for the athletes doubling back,” coach Brett Guemmer said. “With that being said, the athletes were competitive and worked hard. Definitely pleased on the day.”
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Jan. 26 when they return to Lawrence, Kan., for the Jayhawk Classic.
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