Track Teams Finish Second at Upstate Challenge

ITHACA, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's indoor track and field teams finished second to homestanding Cornell on Saturday at the Upstate Challenge at Cornell's Barton Hall. The UB women scored 141 points while the men scored 103 in the six-team meet.


The UB women picked up eight first-place finishes and added a pair of school records. Sophomore Kristy Woods won the women's shot put at 52-10 (16.10m), improving her NCAA provisional qualifying distance and breaking the UB school record of 52-8.75 (16.07m) set by Sarah Vance in 2007. Woods' throw also broke the Barton Hall record set in 2008 by Princeton's Isabell Von Loga. Woods also won the weight throw at 59-2.25 (18.04m), improving her ECAC qualifying distance as well. Freshman Erin Miller was second in the shot put at 46-4.25 (14.13m), bettering her ECAC qualifying mark whileShante' White was second in the weight throw at 51-10 (15.80m).


Freshman Jamiee McClary, who set the 200-meter record twice in the past two weeks, broke the UB record in the women's 60-meters on Saturday. McClary was the fastest qualifier with a 7.64 clocking, bettering Octavia Johnston's record of 7.73 from 2007. McClary finished second in the finals in 7.70.


Freshman Brooklynn Ventura took the women's 60-meter hurdles in 9.04 while Tiffany Maskulinski won the pole vault at 12-9.50 (3.90m), bettering her ECAC qualifying height. Kim Black won the women's triple jump at 39-1 (11.91m) for an ECAC qualification. Black also placed third in the long jump (17-5.25, 5.31m) to improve on her ECAC mark. Ajla Glavasevic won the women's pentathlon with a total score of 3,493 points, edging out Syracuse's Uhunoma Osazuwa by 52 points. Glavasevic won three of the five competitions, the 60-meter hurdles (9.08), the long jump (18-2.50, 5.55m) and the shot put (39-2.50, 11.95m).


The UB women also swept both relays as the 4x400 foursome ofAllison GrimesKatelyn LaureyDaina Foster and Natalie Fildes finished in 3:56.79. The 4x800-meter relay squad of Aimee HopkinsJackie BurnsGillian Taylor and Leah Wightman earned an ECAC qualifying time of 9:22.87.


Highlighting the men's performances was a pair of track victories by junior sprinter Jamal Norward. Norward took the 200-meters in 22.67 and then won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.18. Andrew Omoregie finished second to Norward in the hurdles at 8.30.


The men's weight throwers also took home first place finishes. Jake Madonia won the men's shot put by one inch over teammate Rob Golabek. Madonia finished with a best throw of 57-7.50 (17.56m) while Golabek finished at 57-6.50 (17.54m). Matt Gac won the men's weight throw at 61-9.75 (18.84m) while Golabek placed fourth at 54-9.25 (16.69m).


The men's 4x800-meter relay team was also victorious as John BaumanIsaiah Mask,Ryan Zillmann and Jacob Hagen finished in 7:56.06.


Freshman Brian Archie finished second in the long jump at 23-1.25 (7.04m) to earn an IC4A qualification. He also finished sixth in the 60-meters in 7.22. Jordan Addison finished third in the men's heptathlon with 4,681 points. Addison tied for first in the high jump portion of the competition at 6-4 (1.93m).


The Bulls travel to the Penn State National Meet next weekend.