SEATTLE, Wash. – UMKC’s men’s cross country team claimed the Western Athletic Conference title by one point on a rainy Saturday morning at Jefferson Park Golf Course. Bryce Miller (Ashland, Wis.) won the men’s 8K, finishing in 25:03.50 to earn first-team All-WAC recognition.
With a team score of 46, the Roos finished a point ahead of Utah Valley to claim the conference title. Miller crossed the finish line nearly three seconds ahead of Grand Canyon's Samuel Proctor.
“I don’t know if I can put into words how proud I am of our kids today,” cross country coach Brett Guemmer said. “This year has been different with us racing less and working out more, but the guys bought into the plan and believed in themselves and each other.
“Bryce clearly had a good race, but he did more for the team than most would probably realize. He put the pressure on some people at about the 5k mark that helped us out.”
Jason Fambrough (Raymore, Mo.) finished fifth in 25:12.11 while Quinlan Moll (Springfield, Mo.) was also in the top 10, placing seventh in 25:27.80. Both earned first-team All-WAC honors.
“Jason put himself up there and did a great job battling for that fifth spot. Quinlan getting that third first-team all-conference spot was big for him and the team.”
James Barnett (Blue Springs, Mo.) was 16th in 25:52.80 while Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.) finished 17th in 25:59.10.
“James and Marcus did a great job of closing things out for us today,” Guemmer noted. “Like a lot of distance runners, you deal with injuries, and these two have dealt with that this season and pushed through to do exactly what we needed them to do. I’m really happy for these guys.”
Daylan Quinn (Mountain View, Mo.) placed 24th in 26:23.90 and Nathan Keown (Columbia, Mo.) finished 31st in 26:40.00
UMKC’s women’s squad finished fifth in the team standings, led by Chandler Carreon (Lake St. Louis, Mo.), who placed fifth in 18:24.30 to earn first-team All-WAC honors. Elizabeth Nolke (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) finished 20th in 18:58.20 while Gabrielle Penaflor (Thornton, Colo.) was 26th in 19:07.90 and Kelly Carpenter (Wildwood, Mo.) was 27th in 19:08.40.
Utah Valley claimed the women’s team title, finishing five points ahead of Seattle U. Lila Rice of Seattle U won the women’s 5K in 18:00.60, more than 18 seconds ahead of the next closest competitor.
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