The Roos had an individual champion for the second time in two years at the Forest Park Invitational. It was the second year in a row that UMKC travelled to St. Louis to compete and the tenth year Forest Park hosted the race.
In 2014, Courtney Frerichs ran a first place finish in the women’s race. This year it was Bryce Miller who won the men’s race with a time of 15:36.
“I felt really good throughout the race,” Miller said. “I know the course wasn’t too fast. It was a little bit wetter, but overall it was still a good race.” The race was moved to a new location in the park.
Miller dominated the shorter distance for the men, who normally run 6, 8 and 10 kilometer races. The 5K time of 15:36 gave Miller an outstanding mile pace of 5:01.
“It was a little bit of a different strategy,” Miller said. “We didn’t really save too much from the get-go. We just tried to hold a pace that was under five minutes for as long as possible.”
UMKC had another top six finisher, sophomore Quinlan Moll. The Roos had seven male runners finish in the top 15 and barely lost to Mizzou. Mizzou had the second, third, and fourth place finishers behind Miller.
Coach Shameika McField was very pleased with the men running the shorter distance.
“The men don’t [usually] get to run 5Ks, so today was all pr’s (personal records) for the men,” McField said. “They were actually feeling a little bit like it was too short of a race for them.”
Coach McField is very excited about what the men’s roster has done early in the season and what they can accomplish with a few runners coming back from injury.
“It’s a strong team,” McField said. “The pack of nine is very, very close. It’s a good problem to have.”
The women also ran a 5K race. Sarah Fogarty was a top six finisherand named the WAC Women’s Runner of the Week for her performance at Forest Park. Fogarty, a junior Nursing major, finished with a time of 18:33. It was a 15 second improvement from last season.
“I’m just so excited,” Fogarty said.. “From the beginning, it felt really strong and even last week at KU it was a super strong start. We’re only two weeks into the season and so we’re expecting a whole lot more.”
Fogarty was really pleased with her finish as well as everyone else on the women’s team.
“Individually, everyone is doing a good job, pr’s, personal goals,” Fogarty said. “Everyone did their personal goals really well.”
In the dual format, the women’s team defeated Saint Louis University and S.I.U.C. but lost to Mizzou and Western Kentucky.
“We’re making small progressions and I think that’s what the focus is,” McField said. “It’s about the training and the process and we’re looking forward to what’s next.”