PHILADELPHIA, PA – The University at Buffalo's top track and field athletes competed at the Penn Relays which wrapped up Saturday at Philadelphia's Franklin Field before a crowd that totaled over 117,000 spectators, including a Saturday record of 54,310. The Bulls posted five top 10 finishes and established a new women's relay record in the three days of competition.
Sophomore Casey Garbaty was the highest finisher for the Bulls at the meet. Garbaty placed third overall in the men's javelin throw with a toss of 212-10 (64.88m). Garbaty, who turned in best throw in his final of six attempts, finished less than foot behind second-place Brandon Heroux of William & Mary (213-8, 65.15) while Duke's John Austin won the event at 220-7 (67.25m).
UB's men's 4x100-meter relay team advanced to the IC4A championship on Saturday based on their finish in Friday's heats. The foursome of Dan Harris, Ezekiel Porter, Chris Davis and Brian Smithplaced four in the IC4A race in 41.66. The Bulls finished behind squads from Hampton, Georgetown and Temple.
In the women's 4x400-meter relay, the Bulls posted a new school record in winning their heat on Thursday. The foursome of Jamiee McClary,Jackie Burns, Brooklynn Ventura and Allison Grimes turned in a clocking of 3:43.03 to slice 1.74 seconds from the 2005 record. The Bulls won their heat by 10 seconds. The team advanced to the ECAC championship race on Saturday finishing eighth in 3:45.88.
Also turning in top 10 finishes were a pair of jumpers. In the women's Eastern triple jump, Kim Black placed seventh overall with a leap of 39-6.75 (12.06m). In the men's high jump competition, Eugene Kennedy established a new season best as he cleared 6-8.25 to take 10th place. Jessica Cooper finished 15th in the women's long jump at 18-5.25 (5.62m).
A pair of men's relay teams also posted strong finished but did not advance past first round heats. The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Smith, Porter, Isaiah Mask and Shaun Brummert turned in a new season best with their 3:16.53 finish for 32nd place among 79 entrants. The same foursome also competed in the sprint medley relay to finish 21st of 38 in 3:26.82, just a quarter-second off their record time at the Raleigh Relays last month.
The remainder of the teams will compete tomorrow at Cornell's Big Red Invitational. The full team returns to action next weekend at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Classic.