TOLEDO, OH – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams each finished in second place as the squads competed at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge under windy conditions.
UB athletes won eight events on the day, sweeping the men's hurdles races and the women's weight throwers taking three titles.
In the women's discus, Becky O'Brien continued her impressive outdoor season with another school record in winning the event. O'Brien threw 52.82m, adding more than 1.75 meters to her record set two weeks ago at the season-opening Wake Forest Invitational. The Bulls took the top three spots in the women's discus with Shante' White placing second at 44.12m and Erin Miller third at 43.92m.
White also won women's hammer throw at 58.18m. Rachel Roberts won the women's shot put at 15.36m with O'Brien finishing second at 15.19m.
The UB men swept the hurdles races. Andrew Omoregie took the 110-meter hurdles in 15.48 seconds. Will Cole won the 400-meter hurdles in 54.46. Sprinter Brian Smith won the 200-meters in 21.72. Peter Bligh took the men's high jump at 2.02m.
John Inzina led a contingent of five Bulls across the finish line to win the men's 3,000-meter run. Inzina won the race in 8:33.74 with Steve Houghmaster (8:38.62), Dylan Conway (8:38.83), Jacob Hagen (8:40.09) and Ryan Bloom (8:44.99) taking the next four slots.
This was the first time this season that the Bulls had seen competition from the Mid-American Conference. Joining UB in the field were teams from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ohio University and the host Toledo. In the women's meet, the Bulls finished second to Eastern Michigan as UB scored 150.5 points to the Eagles' 164. Central Michigan won the men's meet with 250 points as UB placed second with 165. A total of eight women's and nine men's teams competed.
"We had a good glimpse of MAC competition today," said women's head coach Vicki Mitchell. "Despite some tough weather conditions the athletes competed well. We know there is a lot of room for improvement and each meet will bring us closer to our goals."
The Bulls will break up their teams next weekend with contingents competing at the Texas Relays and the Robert Morris Invitational.