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Harriott wins title at PSU/Wendy’s Open

Freshman Courtney Frerichs sets a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and is named Summit League Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
Freshman Courtney Frerichs sets a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and is named Summit League Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

Senior track and field star Kimoya Harriott won her second javelin title of the season at the PSU/Wendy’s Open, hosted by Pittsburgh State in Pittsburg, Kan. on Saturday. She recorded 139-00 (42.38 meters), third best in UMKC history.

In the women’s hammer throw, personal bests were achieved by senior Denise Banda, with a fourth place throw of 165-00 (50.29 meters), Harriott placed sixth, 153-05 (46.76 meters) and senior Susan Brueggemann seventh, 149-11 (45.70 meters).

In the shot put, Brueggeman placed sixth, throwing 40-09 (12.42 meters).For the men’s hammer throw, sophomore Kris Leverette scored a personal best with a second-place finish of 170-04 (51.93 meters). Teammate senior Ramon Nelson finished third place with 169-01 (51.54 meters).

In shot put, Nelson’s50-11.00 (15.52 meters) mark brought him fourth place and was the fourth best mark in school history.

In the MU Relays in Columbia on March 23, freshman Courtney Frerichs won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school record time of 10:42.23. Frerichs was named The Summit League Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the first time.. Her time was 52.14 seconds faster than the previous school record, and ranks 10th in the nation.

In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, the Roos took two of the top three spots. Senior Brett Guemmer had a personal best of 9:51.51, finishing second. Freshman Griffin Humphreys finished third with a personal best of 10:01.28.

The Blue & Gold will travel to Emporia, Kan. for the Emporia Relays on April 7.

ldavis@unews.com

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