ITHACA, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams took on several Empire State opponents on Saturday at Cornell's Upstate Challenge. The UB women finished second in a six-team field with 175.50 points while the UB men placed third among six schools with 87 points. Host Cornell won both the men's and women's competitions.
The UB women won nine events, setting three school records and one stadium mark on the day. Becky O'Brien was a double winner in the field events for the UB women. O'Brien took the shot put at 52-5.50 (15.99m) and added the discus to her win total with a throw of 170-10 (52.08m). Also in the throws, Shante' White took the women's hammer with a toss of 183-1 (55.80m) while teammate Erin Miller was second with a season-best 172-9 (52.66m).
Freshman Donna Jeanty set a school mark in winning the women's 400-meter hurdles. Jeanty became the first UB woman to run under a minute with her 59.70 clocking, winning the race by two-hundredths of a second over Cornell's Molly Glantz. Jeanty's time also broke Celestine Coney's 2005 record of 1:00.61.
The UB women also swept the relay races. The 4x400-meter foursome of Jamiee McClary, Jeanty, Crystal Graham and Asia Henry broke the UB record and set a Cornell Kane Complex mark in taking the event in 3:42.98. McClary, Brooklynn Ventura, Natalie Fildes and Graham also combined to win the women's 4x100-meter relay in a season-best 46.68. McClary also won the women's 200-meters in a season-best 24.28 and broke Janelle Callender's 2000 record in the 100-meters, finishing third in 11.90. In her two seasons in Buffalo, McClary has now swept the outdoor sprint records as she set the 200- and 400-meter marks as a freshman in 2010.
Henry led three Bulls across the finish line to win the 800-meters in a season-best 2:13.91. Jackie Burns and Aimee Hopkins placed second and third, respectively, in season-best times. Burns turned in a 2:15.19 clocking while Hopkins finished in 2:16.19. Christine Sprehe also was victorious for the UB women as she set a season-best 4:39.95 to claim the 1,500-meters title.
The UB men took four victories highlighted by Matt Gac's double victory in the men's hammer and discus throws. Gac set the Kane Complex record to win the discus with a throw of 173-7 (52.92m). He also won the hammer at 183-0 (55.79m).
On the track, Brian Smith set a season-best to win the men's 200-meters in 21.11. The time was just two-hundredths of a second off his school record. Andrew Omoregie won the 110-meter hurdles in a season-best 14.38.
Brian Archie and Peter Bligh had second-place finishes in their field events on Saturday. Archie took second in the men's long jump at 23-11.50 (7.30m), bettering his season-best performance by more than a foot. Bligh cleared 6-6.25 (1.99m) in the men's high jump.
Meanwhile, several UB men's distance runners competed at Princeton's Larry Ellis Memorial Invitational with some strong results on Friday night.
Ryan Bloom set a new school record in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bloom finished 11th in his section in 9:04.60, taking nearly two seconds off the mark set by Tony David in 1999. Dylan Conway turned in a time of 9:31.19 in the event. Steve Houghmaster finished seventh in his section of the men's 5,000-meters in 14:43.71, the fastest time for a UB freshman. John Inzina ran a 15:08.26 as a total of 141 entrants competed in the event. Ryan Zillman set a new personal best with his 3:54.83 clocking in the 1,500-meters as he placed eight in his section.
Several Bulls will be competing at the prestigious Penn Relays Thursday through Saturday. The full UB teams will return to Ithaca for the Big Red Invitational on Sunday, May 1.