BOWLING GREEN, OH – The University at Buffalo's men's and women's track and field teams took three individual titles, including a sweep of the shot puts, as the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championships concluded Saturday at Bowling Green's Perry Field House.
Buffalo swept the men's and women's shot put competitions on Saturday with Rob Golabek and Becky O'Brien claiming their first indoor titles after both won titles in Buffalo in the 2010 outdoor championships. Golabek threw 61-0 (18.59m) to win the men's event by nearly three feet over Central Michigan's Alex Rose. UB's Corey Knox finished third with a season-best throw of 56-4.75 (17.19m).
O'Brien, who set the MAC record in the women's shot put earlier this season, eclipsed the MAC Championship Meet record with her win on Saturday. O'Brien was successful on only two of her six attempts, however both throws were farther than any other thrower in the field. After throwing 52-4.50 (15.96m) on her first attempt, O'Brien let loose her winning throw of 54-9.25 (16.69m) to break the meet record of 54-4.50 (16.57m) previously set by Kent State's Leslie Vidmar in 1998. O'Brien won the event by 8.5 feet over Miami's Alexandra Roberts. UB's Rachel Roberts was fourth at 48-0 (14.63m) while Shante' White finished seventh at 46-2.75 (14.09m).
Russell Cameron rallied from second place on Friday to win his first MAC heptathlon title. Cameron broke Steve Esler's 2003 record with his 5,364 point total for the seven events. On Saturday, he set personal best in the pole vault portion, clearing 15-5 (4.70m) to tie for first. He also had a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles portion in 8.44, a season-best.
In other men's field results, Tomarris Bell set a season best with his fourth-place finish in the triple jump at 46-10 (14.27m) while Eugene Kennedy placed sixth in the high jump at 6-6.75 (2.00m), also a season-best.
On the track, the UB men picked up a second-place finish from John Inzina in the 3,000-meters. Inzina finished the race in 8:32.12, cutting his season-best mark by five-hundredths of a second. Dylan Conway was seventh in 8:37.73. Austin Archibald finished sixth in the men's 60-meter hurdles final in 8.17 with Andrew Omoregie (8.20) and Jamal Norward (8.25) placing seventh and eighth, respectively. Jackie Burns took seventh in the women's 800-meters in a season-best 2:14.43. Shaun Brummert was seventh in the men's 800-meters in 1:54.85 and Brian Smith placed seventh in the men's 200-meters in 22.26.
UB's women's 4x400-meter relay squad finished third as the foursome of Jamiee McClary, Donna Jeanty, Burns and Asia Henry turned in a 3:46.68 clocking. The men's 4x400-meter relay squad of Smith, Stephon Beckford, Brummert and John Bauman finished fourth in 3:23.53.
The UB men scored 63 points to finish fourth in a five-team race. The UB women finished ninth among the 12 MAC schools with 33 points. Akron's men (161) and Eastern Michigan's women (118) won the team titles.
Women's team scores: Eastern Michigan 118, Western Michigan 89, Miami (OH) 81, Kent State 76, Toledo 66.50, Akron 51, Central Michigan 50.50, Bowling Green 45, Buffalo 33, Ohio 32, Ball State 13, Northern Illinois 8.
Men's team scores: Akron 161, Kent State 144, Eastern Michigan 92, Buffalo 63, Central Michigan 61.