Three Roos set UMKC records in the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., one of three track and field events in which the team competed last weekend.
In the Mt. SAC Relays, freshman Courtney Frerichs’ 3,000 meter steeplechase time of 10:34.48 set a school record and earned a 9th place finish in her division. Junior Sarah Meiners clocked in at 35:52.69 in her 10,000-meter run to also earn a 9th place finish. For the men, junior Cosmas Ayabei finished 8th in the Invite Elite division of the 10,000-meter race. His time of 29:13.50 shattered his own all-time school record.
In the 1,500-meter run, senior Aubrey Frederking claimed the fifth-best time in school history, 4:43.66.
The Roos recorded a combined total of 14 personal bests at the Mt. SAC and Kansas Relays.
At the Kansas Relays, sophomore Angel Gannon recorded the second fastest time in UMKC history, 2:15.62 in the 800-meter dash, finishing 12th.
The women’s 4×100 relay team of Shanelle Williams, Jazmine Cooper, Chelsea Richardson and Michelle Momo placed 6th with a time of 47.09.
Cooper placed 9th with a mark of 18-9.25 (5.72 meters) in the long jump, while Momo placed 13th with 18-00.25 (5.49 meters).
For the men, senior Redell Frazier Jr. placed 2nd in the in the 800-meter run with 1:54.00, which was the fifth-best time in school history. Sophomore Taylor Spencer placed15th with a time of 4:50.32 in the 1,500-meter run. In the long jump, senior Dontay Taylor marked 21-04.75 (5.52 meters) to earn a 23rd place finish.
In the Mule Relays in Warrensburg, senior Kimoya Harriot won the women’s javelin throw, recording 148-11 (45.38 meters), the second farthest throw in school history.
In the hammer throw, senior Denise Banda earned a 5th place with a personal best of 168-07 (51.39 meters). In the shot put, junior Susan Brueggemann finished 7th with a toss of 42-02.75 (12.87 meters).
For the men, junior Ramon Nelson’s hammer throw of 173-04 (52.84 meters) earned him 7th, while sophomore Kris Leverette placed 8th with a personal best of 172-08 (52.62 meters0.
The Blue & Gold will travel to compete at the BCS Buster Invitational on April 27-28 in Wichita. It will serve as the Roos’ final preparation for the Summit League Championships on May 10-12 in Fargo, N.D.