WILMINGTON, NC – The outdoor track and field season began for the University at Buffalo on Saturday as the Bulls competed at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, NC. The Bulls won the men's meet with 243 points to defeat the host North Carolina-Wilmington by 19 points. The UB women finished second to the homestanding Seahawks, 195-183.50.
The UB men won seven of the meet's 18 events, en route to the team title while UB's women picked up six victories. Throwers Matt Gac andBecky O'Brien were double winners for the Bulls with Gac breaking school records in both of his wins.
Gac won the men's hammer throw with a toss of 197-0 (60.06), obliterating his record mark of 191-7 (58.40) that he set last season. Gac also broke the UB discus record previously held by Alex Stamatakis. Gac won the discus with a throw of 175-7 (53.52m), nearly 16 feet better than Jake Madonia's second-place toss of 159-8. Stamatakis and Corey Knoxfinished fourth and fifth.
Rob Golabek won the men's shot put at 58-8.50 (17.89m) to break Byron McKinney's 2003 mark by almost two feet. The Bulls scored the top four finishes in the men's shot put with Madonia (56-5.25, 17.20m), Stamatakis (55-9.75, 17.01m) and Knox (50.2.50, 15.30m) claiming the next three spots. Golabek also finished second to Gac in the hammer throw at 188-6 (57.47m).
O'Brien took the women's shot put and discus titles in her first UB meet after competing for North Carolina last season. O'Brien's shot put measured 50-4.75 (15.36m) while she tossed the discus 153-2 (46.69m). Erin Miller was second in both events with a 45-1.75 (13.76m) finish in the shot put and a throw of 133-11 (40.82m) in the discus. Shante' White was third in the discus at 130-10 (39.89m).
The Bulls also won six events on the track, three by the men and three by the women.
Ezekiel Porter took the men's 400-meters in 48.53 while Allison Grimes won the women's 400-meters in 57.05. Grimes was also part of UB's winning women's 4x400-meter relay as she combined with Natalie Fildes, Brooklynn Ventura and Jackie Burns in 3:53.37.
The Bulls return to the Tar Heel State in two weeks to participate in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State on March 26 and 27.