UMKC Records Three Top-Fives at Gorilla Classic
UMKC Athletics 2-10-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC track & field teams continued their 2019 indoor season when they took part in the 4th Annual Gorilla Class in Pittsburg, Kan.

The team competed very hard,” Interim Head Coach Benaud Shirley said.  “One of the best weekends we have had since we came back from winter break. I am pleased with the way we continue to get better week after week. Hopefully we can keep this progress going into the conference weekend.”

On the women’s side, Mia Jerman led the squad, finishing the 3,000 meter run in a time of 10:01.02, good for second in the event and fourth in school history.

I was really happy with the team performances and my personal performances,” Jerman said. “I walked away from this meet feeling more confident and fit. I think many of us surprised ourselves with strong back-to-back races. Performances across the board this weekend got me really excited heading into conference. I’m even more excited knowing there is more work to be done before conference and we can only get stronger from here.”

For the men, Daylan Quinn won the mile in a time of 4:10.99, fourth best at UMKC, while Josh Sanders time of 1:53.82 in the 80 meter run was also fourth best.

“It was a good weekend overall,” Sanders said.  “We got a great group of guys together for the DMR and we're able to get the school record! It is always a nice feeling when you are able to toe the line knowing that your teammates are going to step up and perform the way they need to! The 800 also went pretty well the following day, ran another PR and three seconds faster than this same meet last year. Knocking on the door of the 800 record, and we are all hoping to put in another solid two weeks of training and get the record at conference.”

Claiming a meet title for the women was the distance medley relay team.

“I am pretty content with my performance this weekend,” Christopher Bryan said. “Though I’m not quite where I imagined to be at this point in the season because of setbacks, I take this weekend as a confident booster as there were a lot of positive signs. In the next two weeks, God willing, it will all come together.”

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next Friday at the Nebraska Tune-Up in Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 15.

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