KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Five new members will be inducted into the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. Anthony Boyer (track and field), Cynthia Gabel (coach/administrator), Bryan Perez (men’s soccer), Patrick Smith (men’s tennis) and Jodie Westfall (women’s basketball) make up this year’s class.
The new inductees will be honored in a ceremony on Feb. 17 at Pierson Auditorium at the Atterbury Student Success Center on the UMKC campus.
Anthony Boyer – Men’s Track and Field
Boyer was MVP of both the indoor and outdoor Summit League Track and Field Championships in 2010. He was also named Co-Indoor Athlete of the Year in 2010. Boyer was a regional qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles in 2010 and was a two-time conference champion (2008, 2010) in the indoor 60-meter hurdles. He won the outdoor league titles in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles in 2010. Boyer ranks first in program history in the 300-meters (35.21), third in the 60-meter dash (6.84) and 60-meter hurdles (8.00) and fifth in the indoor 200-meters (22.16). He is the UMKC record holder in the 400-meter hurdles (51.21) and 110-meter hurdles (13.98) and ranks fourth in the 100-meter dash (10.68). Boyer also anchored the 4x100 relay team that won the 2009 Summit League outdoor title.
Cynthia Gabel – Coach/Administrator
Gabel worked at UMKC for eight years and led the compliance and eligibility department while also serving as the senior woman administrator. She was the administrator for numerous sports. Gabel had a close relationship with many of the student-athletes she served and was a loving and supportive member of the Kansas City community. She encouraged Roos student-athletes to be the next generation of leaders in Kansas City and beyond. Before joining the Roos, she spent 19 years working at the NCAA national office. The Cynthia Joy Gabel Scholarship Fund was established in her memory following her passing in 2007.
Bryan Perez – Men’s Soccer
Perez was a four-time All-Summit League selection, earning first-team honors in three of those years. He was named the 2008 Summit League Offensive Player of the Year and led UMKC to the NCAA Tournament. Perez earned all-region recognition three times. He is the program’s all-time leader in goals (29), points (70) and games played (78). Perez ranks fifth in program history in assists (11) and second in shots (160). He was selected for the Summit League All-Tournament Team in 2008 and 2009. On three occasions, Perez earned conference Player of the Week accolades and was also a member of the National Team of the Week. He was twice voted Team MVP and the Circle of Champions award winner. Perez currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Roos.
Patrick Smith – Men’s Tennis
Smith was the Summit League Player of the Year in 2010 and was a two-time All-Summit League selection (2009, 2010). He was a four-time Academic All-League honoree. Playing primarily at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, Smith ranks eighth in program history in singles wins (40) and it tied for sixth in doubles victories (41). His 16 singles wins in 2010 were eighth-most in a season while his 18 doubles triumphs tied for second-most in a season. His 16-3 mark at No. 2 in 2010 is the best in school history at that position, while his 18-4 line in No. 1 doubles that season is the best in program annals. He went undefeated in league play in singles from 2008-10 and also was unbeaten in conference doubles action in 2009-10. He led UMKC to the 2009 Summit League regular season title and later served as a graduate assistant coach for the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.
Jodie Westfall – Women’s Basketball
Westfall was a third-team NAIA All-American and first-team All-District 16 honoree following the 1982-82 season. She was named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team following her performances in the 1983 NAIA National Tournament. After the 1981-82 season, she was an honorable mention All-District 16 pick. She led the 1982-83 team to a 30-5 record and third place finish in the NAIA National Tournament. Westfall led that squad with 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
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