KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC track & field teams continued their 2019 indoor season when they ventured to Lawrence, Kan., for the Jayhawk Classic.
"We continue to get better each week," Interim Head Coach Benaud Shirley said. "We had some solid performance in the sprints and distance events. Malon Lee had a good day and Josh Saunders was terrific. We will continue to work hard and hopefully we can get healthy in the next couple weeks and see more solid performance."
In the event, the Roos captured a first place finish in the women’s distance medley relay, while Caroline Meyers won the mile with a time of 5:18.39 and Sommer Herner notched a UMKC top-five all-time performance in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 3:00.74, good for fourth in the event and fifth in the record book.
"I came into his meet with a lot more focus," Herner said. "I had a plan and I was ready to execute it instead of getting lost in the race. I raced the 1k much smarter and was able to maintain a quick pace without burning out. I was put in a good position for my leg of the DMR and felt confident to run at a comfortable pace for the 800."
"Today was a good day," Ross added. "My first pentathlon went well, works needs to be done but only going up from here!"
On the men’s side, a trio of top-five UMKC performance were notched by Jamarice Preston in the high jump, Daylan Quinn in the 1,000 meter run and Josh Sanders in the 1,000 meter run. Preston’s mark of 2.04m was good fourth all-time and third in the event, while Quinn and Sanders finished third and second, placing them fourth (2:30.30) and second (2:28.94) at UMKC.
"Today went really well again for the team and me," Sanders said. "Before the race we had all talked with coach G and decided that we should all have our eyes on the school record. Sadly we weren't able to, but my teammates and I were really close, so with the remainder of the season we will be looking to continue train hard and continue to but our names in the books."
"Today was a great day," Preston continued. "I was blessed to have a PR in the high jump this early in the season and our 4x4 relay team had a season best. We still have work to do but I’m excited about the future."
Max Selbach, meanwhile, claimed the title in the mile with a time of 4:26.01.
Katherine Hanners added a third place finish for the Roos in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:23.48, while Perry Adderley finished third in the shot put (15.19m), Lachlan Moore placed third in the 800 meter run (2:04.36), Ryan Parson placed third in the mile (4:22.34), the men’s distance medley relay placed second and Sam Tudor finished second in the 200 meter dash (22.76).
"We had some good performances today out at KU," Assistant Coach Brett Guemmer said. "The athletes are starting to learn how to race, making moves when they need to and managing their efforts appropriately. It was fun to see Josh Sanders and Daylan Quinn go for it in the 1k. Those two are coming along great and now sit number 2 and 4 all-time in UMKC history. It was also great to see Sommer Herner go for a school record as well. She is coming along well, too. Max Selbach and Caroline Meyers also came away with PR's and wins. Those types of performances make for a good day"
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next weekend when they head to the Lincoln, Neb., for the Frank Sevigne Huster Invitational on Feb. 1-2.
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