PHILADELPHIA, PA – First day competition at the Penn Relays at Philadelphia's Franklin Field got underway on Thursday with the University at Buffalo's Becky O'Brien earning a second-place finish in the women's shot put.
O'Brien finished second in the championship division of the women's shot put with a season-best throw of 54-1.75 (16.50m) to finish behind Faith Sherrill of Indiana (57-10.50, 17.64m).
UB's Shante' White and Erin Miller competed in the women's hammer and discus competitions on Thursday. White finished fifth of 11 in the championship division of the hammer at 177-7 (54.15m) while Miller finished sixth of 31 in the collegiate division at 169-10 (51.78m). Both White and Miller were entered in the college division of the discus. White finished 10 of 24 entrants with a top throw of 138-11 (42.35m). Miller was 12th at 138-0 (42.07m).
On the track, Donna Jeanty finished 24th of 54 entrants in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Jeanty turned in a clocking of 1:01.15 after setting the school record of 59.70 at last weekend's meet at Cornell.
The Bulls had a pair of women's relay teams entered on Thursday. The women's 4x400-meter team advanced to Saturday's college division finals. The foursome of Jeanty, Asia Henry, Crystal Graham and Jamiee McClary turned in a time of 3:44.69 to finish 22nd of 45 schools. The women's 4x100-meter relay team of McClary, Brooklynn Ventura, Graham and Natalie Fildes was unable to advance past the preliminary round as they finished 33rd among 82 programs. The foursome finished in 47.21, fifth of eight in the heat as the Bulls finished behind Texas A&M, Florida and Minnesota and ahead of St. John's and Rutgers. The top 24 schools in both events advanced to finals.
Competition continues through Saturday.