KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC track & field teams continued their 2019 indoor season when they took part in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
“Our team is still a work in progress,” Interim Head Coach Benaud Shirley said. “We dad some good performances. Sommer (Herner) ran a strong race in the 800m, Malon (Lee) solid in the 200m and the women 4x400 relay performed well. We still have lots of work to do and hopefully we will continue to improve over the next couple meets.”
In the event, the Roos recorded seven personal best and three top-five results all-time in school history.
“The 800 went well today,” Sommer Herner said. “I was able to start in the back and move myself up throughout the race. I ended up getting in a tough position towards the end of the race making it difficult to make a move or continue at a quicker pace. I felt good at the finish so I’m excited to get back on the track for another 800.”
On the men’s side, Josh Sanders finished the 800 meter run in a time of 1:54.41, the fifth best time in school history, while for the women, Herner’s time of 2:16.04 in the 800 was good for fourth in the record books and Malon Lee’s time of 25.15 in 200 meter dash was third in school history.
“We came out to get record and I didn't get it so I'm disappointed but I can't be mad because I still ran a PR by a couple milliseconds,” Sanders said. “I've thought about it and I want the record and I want to win conference. I'm not the same runner I was last year and I should start running and thinking like it.”
“Overall today was a very successful day,” Lee added. “I ran really strong in both my open 200m dash and my leg in the 4x4. Although with room for improvement, I am pretty satisfied with today’s PR and I’ll continue to work harder from here.”
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next weekend when they head to the Pittsburg, Kan., for the 4th Annual Gorilla Classic on Feb. 8-9.
“The meet this weekend was a good meet,” Assistant Coach Brett Guemmer said. “We had a chance to go compete in a good facility, on a banked track, and against some good teams. Came away with some PR's, and I think we learned a little more about the sport. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.”