ITHACA, NY – In preparation for next weekend's Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, the University at Buffalo men's and women's teams sent a limited number of athletes to Cornell's Deneault Invitational coming away with a pair of school records that had stood for more than 15 years and two victories.
Sprinters Brian Smith and Jamiee McClary established new UB school records in the 300-meter dash, an event not usually run very often in indoor competition. Smith finished second in 34.65 to East Stroudsburg's Negus Graham (34.42) in the men's race bettering the old mark of 35.20 that had stood since 1996 when Fumu Gakodi set the record.
McClary, meanwhile, shattered the women's mark, with her victory in the 300-meters. Already the holder of the 60-, 200- and 400-meter indoor records, set last season, McClary finished in 39.61, shaving nearly two seconds off Tonya Reid's 1994 performance of 41.40.
Also picking up a victory for the Bulls was men's high jumper Peter Bligh. Bligh took the top spot with a leap of 6-6.25 (1.99m) to win by two inches over Plattsburgh's Dustin Scott.
Securing second-place finishes were women's pole vaulter Molly Coakley and sprinter Crystal Graham as well as men's long jumper Brian Archie. Coakley established a new personal best with her finish in the pole vault as she cleared 11-9.75 (3.60m), six inches better than her previous 2011 top mark. Graham set a season best in the 200-meters, finishing in 25.71 while also tying her season best with a fourth-place finish in the women's 60-meters in 7.80.
Archie set a season best in the men's long jump at 23-4 (7.11m), adding .75 inches to his top mark for the year. Jonathan Alexis finished fifth in the men's long jump, tying his season best at 22-7 (6.88m).
The UB women also had four third-place finishes on the track on Saturday. Natalie Fildes took third in the women's 200-meters in 26.31 while Anna Holmes was third in the women's 400-meters in 59.87. Donna Jeanty placed third in the women's 500-meters in 1:16.03. Ayo Ehindero tied for third in the women's 60-meter hurdles final in 9.04.
Both UB squads will next head into the MAC Championships in Bowling Green, OH. Competition begins on Friday, February 25. At last season's meet, the UB men placed fourth among five squads while the women finished seventh in a 12-team competition.