Track and field update: Roos compete at Mizzou

Alex Pena-Lopez competes in the men’s 1,000 meter, finishing 2:36:33
Alex Pena-Lopez competes in the men’s 1,000 meter, finishing 2:36:33

The UMKC track and field team competed in the Missouri Invitational Jan. 7 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. Senior Alex Pena-Lopez finished the meet with the Roos best result by winning the men’s 1,000 meter.

The Roos dominated the men’s 1,000 meter with freshman Chris Cornell finishing third, sophomore Daniel Mann taking fourth and freshman Luke Abouhalkah rounding out the top five. Pena-Lopez’s finish 2:36.33 was a personal-best, and he garnered a Summit League Athlete of the Week award to show for it.

“Alex is just starting to realize his potential,” Head Coach Shameika McField said. “He’s a senior now; he’s just doing what he is supposed to do.”

Junior Denise Banda won the women’s Summit League Athlete of the Week Award for her showing in Columbia. Banda placed third in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 52-5.25 feet (15.98 meters), the third best mark in school history.

“I have a lot of hope for the field side of the team,” McField said. “And Denise is one reason why.”

The men’s mile also featured two Roos in the top five, with junior Brandon Leibold finishing fourth with a time of 4:29.20 and junior Brett Guemmer finishing fifth with a personal-best time of 4:36.85.

The women faired well in middle-distance events. The women’s 1,000 meters was almost as successful as the men’s two runners finished in the top five. Junior Aubrey Frederking and freshman Taylor Spencer finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Junior Sakia Taylor finished fourth in the 600-yard run.

In sprinting action, freshman Hartzell Gray finished as the runner-up in the men’s 200 with a time of 23.01, and sophomore Shakira Thomas placed fifth in the women’s 60 meters with a time of 7.87.

From left to right: D’Arby Parks, Alex Pena-Lopez
From left to right: D’Arby Parks, Alex Pena-Lopez

In total, UMKC had 13 top-five finishers and 15 personal records.

Coach McField discussed how intensely her athletes train to reach these goals with the focus on making nationals.

“These guys work so hard,” McField said. “They are in the weight room at least three times a week, and they don’t get a chance to rest.”

She mentioned, however, that they didn’t return from winter break in ideal condition.

“I think they could have come back in better shape,” McField said. “I tell them, ‘it takes 100 days to get in shape but only three to get out-of-shape.’”

The Roos competed in the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Jan. 14-15 and the Kansas State University Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. on Jan. 15.

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Results from the Jan. 15 Kansas State University Invitational

Women’s 60- Meter Dash

5th Danielle Olive

8th Sakia Taylor

Women’s 300- Meter Dash

4th Danielle Olive

7th Autumn Scott

8th Jordan Bain

10th Laneisha Douglas

Women’s 600- Yard Run

4th Sakia Taylor

9th Autumn Scott

10th Kelsey Koffman

Women’s 1-Mile Run

11th Sara Meiners

13th Alicia Anderson

18th Erica Freiert

20th Meg Doss

Women’s High Jump

4th Emily Lucas

Women’s Long Jump

13th Katherin Williams

14th Jordan Bain

15th Kelsey Koffman

Women’s Triple Jump

4th Katherin Williams

Women’s Shot Put

2nd Susan Brueggeman

3rd Roxanne Koke

5th Kimoya Hariott

6th Denise Banda

Women’s Weight Throw

6th Denise Banda

7th Susan Brueggeman

10th Kimoya Hariott

13th Roxanne Koke

Men’s 60-Meter Dash

8th Hartzell Gray

9th Kevin Venerable

14th Forika McDougald

15th Darby Parks

16th Samuel Suillivan

17th Kristen Hepburn

21st Matias Bichara

Men’s 300-Meter Dash

8th Kristen Hepburn

9th Hartzell Gray

13th Samuel Suillivan

17th Forika McDougald

20th Kevin Venerable

Men’s 600-Yard Run

9th Darby Parks

Men’s 1-Mile Run

20th Alloch Burton

22nd Dirk Hudson

24th Hossam Hassan

Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles

3rd Kristen Hepburn

Men’s Long Jump

6th Zach Sebo

Men’s Triple Jump

1st Zach Sebo

Men’s Shot Put

2nd Ramon Nelson (Set school record)

7th Kris Leverette

10th Max Carroll

Men’s Weight Throw

4th Ramon Nelson

5th Kris Leverette

Dual Meet Scores


KSU 88-34 UMKC

UMKC 62-51 Oklahoma State

UMKC 58-55 University of Tulsa


KSU 94-31 UMKC

UMKC 56-36 Oklahoma State

University of Tulsa 56-48 UMKC

Results from the Jan. 14-15 Holiday Inn Invitational

Women’s 60-Meter Dash

5th Shakira Thomas

12th Jazmine Cooper

Women’s 200-Meter Dash

12th Chelsea Richardson

Women’s 1,000-Meter Run

4th Aubrey Frederking

Women’s High Jump Seeded

7th Kim Nagy

Women’s High Jump Unseeded

8th Chelsea Jordan

Women’s Triple Jump Seeded

8th Chelsea Richardson

Men’s 800-Meter Run

9th Alex Lopez

Men’s 1,000-Meter Run

18th Dan Mann

23rd Luke Aboulhalkah

26th Chris Cornell

Men’s 3,000-Meter Run

5th Cosmas Ayebei

9th Brandon Leibolkd

Men’s 5,000-Meter Run

6th Brett Guemmer

Men’s Distance Medley

2nd Team of: Zach Mathias, Chris Cornell, Alex Lopez, Cosmas Ayebei (Set school record)