BUFFALO, NY – Day two of the Mid-American Conference Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships concluded Friday at UB Stadium with two University at Buffalo shot putters winning league titles among the eight champions crowned.
UB's Becky O'Brien won her first MAC title as the Bulls took the top two spots in the women's shot put. O'Brien broke the school record previously set by second-place finisher Kristy Woods with her winning toss of 53-6.25 (16.31m). Woods placed second with her throw of 53-0 (16.15m). Both distances bettered Woods' previous UB record of 52-11.75 (16.14m). Woods also finished second in Thursday's women's hammer throw.
Later the Bulls finished the shot put sweep as UB's Rob Golabek won the men's competition with a throw of 57-11 (17.65m) for the first MAC title of his career. UB teammate Jake Madonia finished third with a best throw of 57-2.75 (17.44m). Madonia was nipped out of the second position by Akron's Keith Huebner, who scored the runner-up spot with a throw of 57-3.50 (17.46m). UB senior Alex Stamatakiswas sixth at 55-3.50 (16.85m).
Kent State's Diana Dimitrescu claimed her second straight women's heptathlon title as she totaled 5,239 points. Dimitrescu, who won the shot put portion of the event on Thursday, won the long jump portion of the competition on Friday with a leap of 18-8.50 (5.70m). UB's Ajla Glavasevic scored a point for the Bulls as she finished eighth overall with 4,310 points. Glavasevic's best finish on Friday was a third-place showing in the long jump at 18-2.50 (5.55m).
Daniel Kinsey of Akron also successfully defended his men's decathlon title as he finished the two-day competition with 7,313 points. Kinsey won the javelin (202-7, 61.74m) and discus (159-8, 48.67m) portions of the event on Friday. He also won the shot put portion of the event on Thursday.
Also successfully defending a MAC title on Friday was Miami's Amanda Mirochna in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Mirochna won the race in 10:38.11, more than nine seconds better than her 2009 finish. Mirochna won Friday's event by more than five seconds over Toledo's Dagna Sztykiel (10:43.48) while UB's Ellen Muster placed fifth in a season-best 11:01.11.
Eastern Michigan posted the top two finishers in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase as David Brent and Curtis Vollmar broke away from the rest of the field, finishing eight seconds ahead of the third-place runner. Brent won the race in 9:00.02, just six-hundredths of a second ahead of Vollmar's 9:00.08. UB's Ryan Bloom took fifth in a season-best 9:13.28.
In the long jump events, Western Michigan's Ashley Hunault won the women's competition as she cleared 19-6.25 (5.95m). Hunault took the title by 2.25 inches over second-place Brenda Baar of Kent State (19-4, 5.89m). Akron's Collister Fahie won the men's event with a leap of 23-11.50 (7.30m) to finish 3.25 inches ahead of Miami's Michael McCarty (23-8.25, 7.22m). UB's Chris Davis scored a third-place finish at 23-6.75 (7.18m), tying his season-best performance.
Friday's action on the track consisted of qualifying heats for Saturday's finals. In the 100-meter dashes, Akron's Phil Ferguson was the fastest men's qualifier in 10.38 while Central Michigan's Dierra Riley was the fastest women's qualifier in 11.68. Ferguson was also the fastest qualifier in the men's 200-meters in 20.87 as UB'sBrian Smith posted a season-best time of 21.28. UB's Jamiee McClarybroke her school record in posting the league's fastest time in the women's 200-meter qualifying. McClary turned in a time of 23.87, slicing three-tenths of a second from her previous UB record set at March's Raleigh Relays.
Eastern Michigan's Ackeem Forde (48.90) and Western Michigan's Victoria Chatman (54.51) were the fastest qualifiers in the men's and women's 400-meters, respectively. Akron's Willie Brown (1:53.56) and Eastern Michigan's Lauren Quaintance (2:11.39) were the fastest qualifiers in the men's and women's 800-meters while Akron's Larisa Arcip, the three-time defending champion, was the top qualifier in the women's 1,500-meters in 4:36.61. There was no qualifying in the men's 1,500-meters and the race will be run on Saturday as a final.
In hurdles qualifying, Eastern Michigan's Vanier Joseph was the top qualifier in the men's 110-meter hurdles in 14.16 while Central Michigan's Brandon Post was the top qualifier in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 53.31. Shanaye Carr of Central Michigan was the top women's qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.83 with Andreea Patrasc of Kent State setting the pace for the women's 400-meter hurdles with a qualifying mark of 1:00.75.
Besides Smith and McClary in the men's and women's 200-meter races, several other UB athletes qualified for Saturday's finals. Smith also qualified in the men's 100-meters, setting a season-best time of 10.60. Dan Harris also qualified for the 100-meter finals in 10.63. Ezekiel Porter qualified for the 400-meter final in 50.14.
UB also had three men's qualifiers in the 800-meters and 110-meter hurdles. In the 800-meters, Shaun Brummert qualified third in 1:54.60, John Bauman qualified seventh in 1:55.14 and Isaiah Mask qualified eighth in 1:55.25. In the 110-meter hurdles, Jamal Norward qualified third in a season-best 14.31 while Austin Archibald qualified fifth in a season-best 14.54 and Andrew Omoregie qualified seventh in 14.61. Brendan Hagerty andJohn Connors qualified for the 400-meter hurdles finals.
On the women's side, freshman Brooklynn Ventura qualified for both hurdles finals. Ventura turned in a season-best 14.20 to qualify sixth in the 100-meter hurdles. She also qualified eighth in the 400-meter hurdles. Also qualifying for women's finals on Saturday were Allison Grimes in the 400-meters, Jackie Burns in the 800-meters and Gillian Taylor in the 1,500-meters. Burns turned in a season-best time of 2:12.86 in her 800-meter qualification.
Through two days of competition, Akron's men (81.50) and Kent State's women (54) hold the team leads. UB's women sit in second place with 41 points while the UB men are in third with 52 points.
Competition concludes Saturday with the first events slated for 11:00 a.m.
Men's scores through eight events: Akron 81.50; Kent State 66; Buffalo 52; Central Michigan 41.50; Eastern Michigan 39; Miami (OH) 32.
Women's scores through seven events: Kent State 54; Buffalo 41; Akron 40; Ohio 30; Western Michigan 29; Miami 23; Toledo 21; Central Michigan 19; Ball State 12; Bowling Green 3; Northern Illinois 1; Eastern Michigan 0.
Friday's men's champions
Decathlon: Daniel Kinsey (Akron) 7,313 points
Shot put: Rob Golabek (Buffalo) 57-11 (17.65m)
Long jump: Collister Fahie (Akron) 23-11.50 (7.30m)
3,000-meter steeplechase: David Brent (Eastern Michigan) 9:00.02
Friday's women's champions
Heptathlon: Diana Dimitrscu (Kent State) 5,239 points
Shot put: Becky O'Brien (Buffalo) 53-6.25 (16.31m)
Long jump: Ashley Hunault (Western Michigan) 19-6.25 (5.95m)
3,000-meter steeplechase: Amanda Mirochna (Miami) 10:38.11