COLUMBUS, OH – Preparing for the upcoming Mid-American Conference Championships, the University at Buffalo track and field teams competed against many league rivals as well as Big Ten opposition at the Jesse Owens Relays at Ohio State University. There was no scoring in the meet.
Freshman Jaimee McClary broke her own school record in posting a sixth-place finish in the women's 400-meter dash. McClary shaved three-hundredths of a second off her top mark set at the Florida Relays as she crossed the finish line in 55.05. McClary also placed 12th overall in the women's 200-meters in 24.77. McClary also helped the Bulls to a 10th-place finish in the women's 4x100-meter relay in 47.97. Joining McClary on the relay team were Jessica Cooper, Brooklynn Ventura and Natalie Fildes.
In the women's field events, sophomore Kristy Woods turned in a fifth-place finish in the shot put at 52-0 (15.85m) and took 11th in the hammer throw at 179-4 (54.86m).
Rob Golabek was the highest finisher for the Bulls at the meet with his fourth-place showing in the men's shot put. Golabek turned in a best throw of 58-8.75 (17.90m) while teammate Jake Madonia placed ninth in the competition with a toss of 56-3.75 (17.16m).
UB also had a pair of sixth-place finishes in the meet. Chris Davisearned a sixth-place finish in the men's long jump at 23-5.25 (7.14m) while Matt Gac also finished sixth in the men's discus at 171-10 (52.38m). Gac also finished 21st in the men's hammer throw at 186-1 (56.73m).
The men's 4x100-meter relay team turned in a season-best showing of 41.08 to place seventh. The relay foursome were Brian Smith, Tomarris Bell, Ezekiel Porterand Dan Harris. Smith also placed ninth in the men's 200-meters in 21.75.
Two other season-best performances were turned in by Bell and hurdler Jamal Norward. Bell bettered his previous season performance in the triple jump with a distance of 47-9.25 (14.56m) to place seventh overall. Norward cut three-tenths of a second off his top 110-meter hurdles time with his clocking of 14.50, taking ninth overall. Eugene Kennedyfinished ninth in the high jump (6-7.50, 2.02m) and 11th in the triple jump (45-3, 13.79m).
The Bulls conclude the regular season with next weekend's Al Campbell Open at Akron. UB hosts the Mid-American Conference Championships from May 13-15.