Controversy leads to 2nd place for UMKC women track and field

U-News Staff

UMKC track and field competed in the WAC championships Feb. 27 through March 1. Both the men’s and women’s teams had outstanding performances. The men’s team placed third with 99 points and the women’s team finished second with 164 points after a controversial call.

Senior jumper Briana Carter wowed the crowd with a career best and would have been ranked 41st in the nation after jumping 12.71 meters in the triple jump. Carter also thought she had won the conference title, but was disqualified at the last minute because she jumped in another flight, which is against NCAA track and field rules.

“I asked three officials and they all said it was okay,” Carter said.

Both the 400-meter dash finals and triple jump were back to back, which is why Carter requested to jump in another flight.

“The 400 finals started at 12:50 p.m. and the triple jump started at 1 p.m. I was in the second heat in the 400 and that race would’ve been done around the same time my triple jump flight,” she said. “I asked to changed flights so it could give me time in between to rest and so my legs wouldn’t be tired.”

The disqualification cost the team first place in the WAC championship, four points behind now-champion Grand Canyon.

Other notable performances include junior Blake Hocking, who won the shot put after throwing 13.94m. Sophomore Bryce Miller took the conference title in the men’s one-mile run, finishing with a time of 4:23.59. Senior Dahlia Dyson took first place in the women’s shot put, junior Kelsey Benoit took second in shot put. Veronica Rollins won the 800m finals with a time of 2:18.81. Courtney Frerichs took another conference championship in the 3000m with a time of 10:37.48.