IOWA CITY, Iowa – The UMKC cross country teams competed at the Midwest regional meet on Friday morning in Iowa City, Iowa, with the men placing 13th and the women placing 26th.
“Overall it was a tough race at regionals,” head coach Shameika McField said. “Both teams ran strong but the competition was stiff. Elizabeth Nolke had a great PR on the women’s side while Bryce led the men’s performances with a solid race. Having a top-15 men’s team in the Midwest region for UMKC is exceptional. We are excited about the success of the distance program and look forward to them competing in the upcoming track season.”
Bryce Miller (Ashland, Wis.) led the way for the Roos placing 53rd and finishing the 10K course with a new personal record of 31:22. Quinlan Moll (Springfield, Mo.) was the second Roo to cross the finish line, completing the race with a time of 31:35, a new cross country 10K personal record, and placing 64th. Jason Fambrough (Raymore, Mo.) finished 67th with a new cross country 10K personal record of 31:36, Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.) placed 89th with a time of 32:07 and James Barnett (Blue Springs, Mo.) rounded out the top-five by placing 108th and racing to a new 10K cross country personal record of 32:23. Nathan Keown (Columbia, Mo.) and Daylan Quinn (Mountain View, Mo.) also competed for the Roos, placing 123rd and 160th, respectively. Luke Traynor of Tulsa edged out Joshua Thompson of Oklahoma State by 0.3 seconds to win the individual crown.
“I am extremely proud of our guys and our progression throughout this season,” Miller said. “There are some great takeaways from today’s race, including a solid one-through-three punch, some key runners racing through nagging injuries and a strong sign of potential from our freshman Daylan Quinn. Things are close to truly clicking for our team and we were close to seeing it today, as it was close to being our best finish at regionals ever. Great things are going to come next year for us.”
The Roos, who were ranked 14th in the preseason poll, accumulated 367 points as they placed 13th in the 26 team field, just two points behind 12th place St. Louis. Oklahoma State won the team title with 64 points. Tulsa came in second with 89 points, with Illinois coming in third with 113 points and Iowa State placing fourth with 120 points.
The women were paced by Chandler Carreon (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) for the fourth time this season. She placed 73rd overall with a time of 21:38 in the 6K race. Gabrielle Penaflor (Thornton, Colo.) came in second for the Roos, placing 152nd with a new personal record of 22:36. Coming in just behind her, and setting a new personal record at 22:38, was Elizabeth Nolke (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), who placed 157th. Rounding out the top five for the Roos was Kelly Carpenter (Wildwood, Mo.), who placed 163rd, and Sarah Jaloma (Atchison, Kan.) placing 214th. Megan Mills (Nixa, Mo.) and Tabitha Griffith (Farmington, Mo.) also competed for UMKC, finishing 215th and 217th, respectively. Karissa Schweizer of Missouri won the individual regional title with a time of 19:54.
“On the girl’s side our fitness has improved in the past few weeks and it has shown in the workouts,” Carreon said. “Leading up to regionals we were focused on taking care of ourselves and doing all the little things to stay healthy. I’ve seen some fire in everyone lately and today everyone left it on the course. I’m very proud to be a Roo!”
The team totaled 736 points on their way to their 26th place finish. Missouri won the team title on the women’s side with 83 points. Oklahoma State placed second as a team with 89 points, Iowa State came in third with 90 points and Minnesota placed fourth with 131 points.
“It wasn’t necessarily the day we wanted, but we are pleased with it,” assistant coach Brett Guemmer said. “The guys had a good race, and the ladies raced pretty good as well. A few people ran PR’s, so you always have to be happy with that. Overall, we are satisfied with the season. We will take a little down time and get ready for track.”