EUGENE, OR – Sophomore Kristy Woods became UB's second ever All-American in Track and Field on Friday evening as she finished in third place in the shot put at the NCAA Championships. Woods was one of three UB student-athletes that competed today on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Woods broke her own school record in the shot put as she uncorked a throw of 55-0.25 (16.77m) on her second throw of the night, which was good for third place. Woods was one of 24 entries in the national field, finishing behind athletes from Florida and Oklahoma. Woods joins Shelly Hamilton as the only two UB women to earn All-American status and she joins diver Meili Carpenter as the second female student-athlete this year to be named an All-American. The third place finish from Woods also gave the UB women six points, putting the Bulls in a tie for 25th at the Championships.
"Kristy is such an incredible competitor and she used the atmosphere of tracktown to really put a huge series of throws together," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "I give all the credit in the world to Coach [Jim] Garnham. His teaching and Kristy's killer attitude is a great combo."
Also competing on Friday was junior Matt Gac, who was competing in the hammer throw, the second of two events for him. Gac finished in 21st place with a throw of 194-7 (59.31m) completing his NCAA Championships.
Senior Tiffany Maskulinski competed in her second straight NCAA Championships as the MAC Champion in the pole vault was unable to clear the opening height at 12-9.5 (3.90m). Maskulinski had her best jump on her second attempt, clearing the bar, but brushing it and knocking it off on her way down. Maskulinski finishes her UB career as the first two-time NCAA Qualifier in the pole vault since 2004.
"I am very proud of Matt and Tiffany and the effort they gave over the last few days," said Mitchell. "They are both great competitors and represented the University at Buffalo in a positive manner throughout the competition."