GREENSBORO, NC – University at Buffalo thrower Matt Gac qualified for a second event at the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships when he finished sixth in the men's discus throw as the Eastern Preliminary Rounds concluded on Saturday.
Gac finished sixth overall with a best throw of 179-6 (54.73m) coming on his second of six attempts. Gac's toss was good enough to put him among the 16 throwers that advanced to the second round. He turned in a throw of 178-5 (54.40m) on his fifth attempt, fouling on his fourth and sixth attempts. Southeastern Louisiana's Adonson Shallow won the competition with a throw of 187-1 (57.02m).
Gac, who also qualified for the national meet in Thursday's hammer throw, is the first UB athlete to qualify for two separate events in a single NCAA Championship Meet since Sarah Vance qualified in the women's hammer and shot put competitions in 2007.
Also competing on Saturday was women's discus thrower Becky O'Brien. O'Brien finished 21st among 48 entrants with a best toss of 155-2 (47.29m). O'Brien also had a toss of 152-1 (46.37m) in her three attempts.
Three Bulls, Gac, Kristy Woods and Tiffany Maskulinski have qualified for the National Championships, June 9-12 in Eugene, OR. Woods will compete in the women's shot put while Maskulinski will make her second consecutive appearance in the women's pole vault. The total is the most that UB has sent to the Division I National Outdoor Track and Field Championships since 2004 when Laura Olson, Allison Laske and Steve Esler made the national field.
"Our athletes competed with the best and made a big statement," said women's head coach Vicki Mitchell to sum up the weekend. "Tiff [Maskulinski], as always, was calm under pressure and excelled. Kristy [Woods] used the high intensity atmosphere to propel her to a new level and Matt [Gac] made UB history in qualifying in two events."