KENT, OH - The University at Buffalo opened the men's and women's indoor track and field seasons with strong performances Saturday at Kent State University's Doug Raymond Invitational. The UB men won five events in the non-scoring meet.
Junior thrower Rob Golabek broke his own school record in winning the men's shot put with a toss of 59-10.50 (18.25m). The throw bettered his previous indoor mark by 2.75 inches. Corey Knox placed second to Golabek in the event with a throw of 54-4 (16.56m).
Sophomore Tomarris Bell won the men's triple jump at 46-7.25 (14.20m) with freshman teammate Douglas Hannon taking third at 46-2.50 (14.08m).
Senior Peter Bligh won the men's high jump at 6-6.75 (2.00m) while freshman Adam Hume took first in the men's pole vault at 15-5 (4.70m). Russell Cameron was fourth in the pole vault at 14-5.25 (4.40m).
On the track, Dylan Conway and John Inzina finished first and second, respectively, in the men's 3,000-meter run. Conway won the race in 8:37.23 with Inzina crossing in 8:41.17. Ryan Bloom finished seventh in 8:45.61.
Matt Gac had a second-place finish in the men's weight throw at 60-6.50 (18.45m), finishing behind an unattached thrower. The UB men also had third-place finishes from Brian Smith and Brian Archie. Smith was third in the 200-meters in 21.69 while Archie took third in the men's long jump at 22-11 (6.98m). Steve Houghmaster was fourth in the mile in 4:19.27.
In the women's meet, the Bulls turned in three second-place and five third-place finishes.
Distance runners Sam Beim and Kelsey Fitzgerald finished second and third, respectively, in the women's 3,000-meter event. Beim was second in 10:28.90 while Fitzgerald finished in 10:40.43.
In the women's shot put, Becky O'Brien finished second at 49-10 (15.19m) with Rachel Roberts taking third at 46-1.25 (14.05m). Kristy Woods, competing as an unattached entrant while redshirting the season, was the top thrower in the event at 52-4 (15.95m). Shante' White was fifth in the shot put at 45-1.50 (13.71m) and third in the women's weight throw at 53-10.50 (16.42m). Erin Miller placed fifth in the weight throw at 52-5.50 (15.99m).
Also picking up a second-place finish was the women's 4x400-meter relay squad. The foursome of Jamiee McClary, Anna Holmes, Jackie Burns and Donna Jeanty turned in a clocking of 3:01.26. Jeanty also finished third in the women's 400-meters in 57.83 while Holmes was fifth in 58.57. McClary placed third in the women's 200-meters in 25.28 and was fourth in the 60-meter finals in 7.66.
Freshman Jamie Wasielewski tied for fourth in the women's pole vault at 10-6 (3.20m) while Ayo Ehindero was fifth in the women's 60-meter hurdles final in 9.02.
The Bulls travel to Ithaca next weekend for the Cornell Upstate Challenge.