1991 10-28 University News Article
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Debaters Shoot for First Place
Unofficial Calculations Rank Squad as #1 in Nation
As of this week we are number one in the country, unofficially,” said debate coach Linda Collier of her award-winning team. Last weekend the team competed in the Virginia Craig Invitational at Southwest Missouri State University, walking away with awards in both open and junior competition.
Although the team has been in the top ten for the past three years, they have never placed higher than seventh. “We’re taking a leap into the next highest echelon,” said Collier.
Over sixty teams competed in the Virginia tournament, where teams came from all over the country. Three out of four UMKC teams won their respective events, the fourth team taking third place. The winning team in the open division consisted of senior Chris Riffer and junior David MacDonald. The junior division winners were debaters Kristi Kingston and David Genco. The team also earned accolades in the category of Best Individual Speaker, with MacDonald tying for first place, Riffer placing third in open division, and freshman Brian Johnston earning fifth in the junior division. Johnston and his teammate sophomore Martin Harris, who made it to the first eliminations for the Individual award, placed fifth overall in the junior division.
As a result of their performance in the tournament, the team received the Holt V. Spicer trophy for the top school in debate. This trophy is the second in a row from the 37th Annual George R.R. Pflaumm tournament in Emporia, KS.
“We are right now considered a dominant force in college debate,” remarked Collier.
Assistant Coach Josh Hoe was also recognized as one of the best new coaches. Hoe is a former debater from the University of Central Oklahoma who won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Nationals in 1990. UMKC was eliminated in the quarter finals in this tournament. “This year we hope to win it,” said Collier.
UMKC is a member of CEDA, a league of over 300 member schools. National rankings are compiled from each week’s results. These rankings change from week to week, and a firm first-place ranking for UMKC will not be publicly announced until April.
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