Finley Breaks School Record in Discus to Lead Roos at John McDonnell Invitational
UMKC Athletics 4-13-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC track & field teams continued their outdoor season on Friday when they took part in the John McDonnell Invitational on Apr. 12 in Fayetteville, Ark.

"Today was encouraging, we are getting a little better each week,” Interim Head Coach Benaud Shirley said. “We will continue to work hard and expect to see better results next time out."

Leading the Roos in the event was Matia Finley, as the senior broke her own school record in the discus throw with a toss of 51.92 meters, good for third in the event, tops in the WAC this season and 39th best in the NCAA this season.

"I am happy to break my previous school record,” Finley said. “I am glad all my hard work in the off season is starting to pay off. I am looking forward to competing well this season and furthering my position in NCAA preliminaries.”

Traci Mills, meanwhile, added a pair of third place results with a jump of 5.74m in the long jump, second best in WAC this season, and 11.66m in the triple jump, while Rebecca Finley added a third place result in the shot put at 13.04 meters, 10th best in the WAC this season and a fifth place result in the discus at 47.10m, fifth in the WAC.

Carolyn Ross notched a seventh place result in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.51, good for seventh in the event and fifth in the WAC.

For the men, Jaquez Perry notched the fifth fastest time in school history and the second best time in the WAC this season in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.10, good for eighth in the event, while Ryan Parson notched the fifth best 1,500-meter run time in the WAC this season at 3:53.99.

"We had a good race at Arkansas in 1500m,” Ryan Parson said. “We went in with the idea that Taylor Stephen would take Josh Sanders and I through the 800m in 2:06. Taylor brought us through right on pace. When he stepped off the track there was a good pack of guys from Tulsa and Oklahoma state. Once I made it to 200m to go I kicked hard for the win. Finished with a 3:53 a new personal best."

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next week when they head to Lawrence, Kan., for the Kansas Relays and to California for the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational.

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