AKRON, OH – The University at Buffalo men's and women's indoor track and field teams were in action on Saturday at the Akron Invitational at Akron's Stile Field House. There was no team scoring in the meet that also included several other Mid-American Conference programs. Athletes were divided into two divisions, gold for the elite and blue for the remaining entrants. UB athletes won five events, two in the gold division and three in the blue division.
In the women's 400-meters gold division, freshman Jamiee McClaryset another UB record with her victory. McClary shattered the old mark with a finish of 54.84, winning by two-hundredths of a second over Ohio State's Shaniqua McGinnis. McClary also bettered the UB record in the event by nearly two seconds. McClary has now set UB women's records in the 60-, 200- and 400-meter races.
Men's thrower Matt Gac broke his own mark and earned an NCAA provisional qualifying distance in the gold division weight throw. Gac posted a throw of 64-8.50 (19.72m) to win the competition, adding a full foot to his school record that he set at the Penn State National Meet on January 30. Gac also placed third in the discus, a competition not usually held indoors, with a toss of 166-11 (50.88m).
Winners in the blue division events included Christine Sprehe for the women as well as men's pole vaulter Daniel Reynolds and triple jumperChandler Brown. Sprehe took the women's 3,000-meters in 10:21.72, establishing a season-best time. Reynolds cleared 15-1 (4.60m) in the men's pole vault and Brown took the triple jump at 44-9.50 (13.65m) while Richie Sebuharara was second with a season-best 44-4 (13.51m).
Erin Miller turned in a pair of second-place finishes with a discus toss of 139-5 (42.50m) and shot put of 46-0 (14.02m) in the blue division.Kristy Woods was second in the gold division of the shot put at 50-0.50 (15.25m). Tiffany Maskulinski posted a second-place finish in the gold division pole vault at 12-5.50 (3.80m).
UB's men's 800-meter runners posted IC4A qualifying times in the blue division race. Shaun Brummert, who was selected as last week's MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week, finished second in 1:52.35. Isaiah Maskwas third at 1:52.62 and Ryan Zillmann took seventh in 1:53.90. Ryan Bloom also set a season best with his 15:27.74 clocking in the gold division of the 5,000-meter, slicing 30 seconds from his previous best.
Men's hurdlers Jamal Norward and Andrew Omoregie earned spots in the 60-meter hurdle gold division finals. Norward set a season best in the preliminaries in 8.06 while Omoregie's 8.20 heat time was an IC4A qualifier. In the finals, Norward placed fourth in 8.11 and Omoregie took seventh in 8.38.
Men's shot putter Jake Madonia improved on his NCAA provisional qualifier with a fifth-place finish in the gold division competion. Madonia threw 58-7.50 (17.87m), adding 1.75 inches to his old mark. Madonia ranked 33rd nationally heading into the weekend. Rob Golabek, ranked 22nd in the event, finished seventh on Saturday at 55-8.25 (16.97m).
The Bulls travel to the Kent State Tune Up next weekend in their final preparation prior to the MAC Championships.