MT. PLEASANT, MI – Matt Gac won the men's weight throw with a school record toss to highlight the University at Buffalo's efforts at the first day of the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Jack Skoog Track at Central Michigan University.
Gac won the weight throw with a toss of 65-2.25 (19.87m), bettering the school record he set earlier this season by 5.75 inches. Gac's last throw of his six attempts was the winning effort as he bettered his top throw in the meet by nearly four feet and improving on his NCAA provisional qualifying distance.
The UB men also scored points in the long jump and the distance medley relay on Friday.Andrew Omoregie finished sixth in the long jump at 22-11 (6.98m) to set a season best. The Bulls finished third in the distance medley relay as the foursome of John Bauman,Chris Campoli, Shaun Brummert and Ryan Zillmann finished in 10:13.83.
The women's distance medley relay team of Gillian Taylor, Allison Grimes, Jackie Burns and Ellen Muster finished fourth in 12:04.95.
The women's pentathlon was also determined on Friday with UB's Ajla Glavasevic placing seventh with 3,566 points in the five-event competition. Glavasevic's best finish of the day was second-place shot put toss of 41-1.50 (12.53m).
Several UB athletes reached Saturday's championship finals after completing qualifying heats on the track on Friday. Women's sprinterJamiee McClary qualified second in the 200-meters (24.60) and eighth in the 60-meters (7.64). For the men, UB has a pair of finalists in the 60-meter hurdles and 400-meters.Jamal Norward qualified second in the hurdles in 8.03 while Austin Archibald qualified fifth in 8.27. Both times were season-best performances for the hurdles. Ezekiel Porter and Will Cole qualified for the 400-meter finals, with Porter qualifying third in 49.84 and Cole seventh in 50.18. Also qualifying for men's track finals were Dan Harris in the 60-meters, Brian Smith in the 200-meters and Brummert in the 800-meters.
The UB men stand fifth among five squads with 17 points as Akron holds the first day lead at 50.50 points. The UB women are seventh in the 12-team women's field with 12 points as Kent State leads with 35 points.
Competition concludes on Saturday.
Men's scores (through five events): Akron 50.50, Eastern Michigan 38, Central Michigan 27, Kent State 21.50, UB 17.
Women's scores (through five events): Kent State 35, Miami (Ohio) 31, Western Michigan 29, Central Michigan 26, Akron 20, Toledo 16, UB 12, Ball State 11, Eastern Michigan 9, Ohio 6, Bowling Green 0, Northern Illinois 0.