Kinsey, Loch tabbed MIAA Track Athletes of the Week

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – For the third straight week and fourth time this season, UCM track and field freshman Erika Kinsey has been tabbed the MIAA Field Athlete of the Week. She is joined this week by junior Kellin Loch who broke two school records over the weekend.
Loch, a junior from Warrensburg, played a part in two school records being taken down at the Grand Valley Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. First, in the 800m run, Loch recorded the fastest-time in UCM history when he crossed the line in 1:49.84. Loch’s time broke a 12 year old record by more than two seconds. With the time, Loch hit an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and now leads the MIAA and is fourth in Division II.
Loch wasn’t finished making history though. He anchored the Mules 4x400m relay team to another school record. Loch joined Osvaldo Granillo, Marquis Jones and Michael Lockhart to run a 3:11.59, second-best time in D2. The time is also a provisional qualifier and leads the MIAA. The mile relay mark broke a longstanding school record that had stood since 1997.
This is the second time this season Loch has been named MIAA Athlete of the Week and third time in his career.
Kinsey recored a pair of wins at the Grand Valley Big Meet in Allendale Mich. in the long and triple jumps. Kinsey jumped 6′ 0.75 in the high jump, an automatic qualifying mark to walk away with the win. She also had the top jump in the triple jump, leaping 41′ 1.5″, another NCAA automatic qualifying jump.
The Nalden, Sweden native is the current NCAA Division-II leader in both of those events. She has also automatically qualified for nationals in the long jump and pentathlon and is in the top-five in DII in both of those events as well.
UCM will be back in action this Friday, Feb. 20 for the UCM Classic in the UCM Multipurpose Building. The meet gets under way at 11 a.m.