PHILADELPHIA, PA – University at Buffalo throwers continued to impress on Friday at the second day of the Penn Relays at Philadelphia's Franklin Field. Becky O'Brien won the women's discus while Rob Golabek finished second in the men's shot put to lead the way for the Bulls.
O'Brien, who finished second in the women's shot put on Thursday, claimed her first Penn Relays title with her victory in the discus. O'Brien had a winning throw of 173-1 (52.77m) to win the event by two and a half feet over Minnesota's Nicole Tzanakis (170-7, 52.01m). O'Brien's throw was just two inches shy of the UB school record she set earlier this season.
Golabek finished second in the men's shot put championship with a best throw of 62-7.75 (19.08m). The throw was a half-inch shy of the school record Golabek had set earlier this season. Hayden Baillio of Texas won the event at 64-0.25 (19.51m).
Matt Gac and Evan Palmer were in action in the men's discus competitions. Gac finished sixth in a field of 10 in the championship division with a toss of 175-7 (53.52m). Palmer, competing in the larger college division field, placed 10th of 30 entrants at 160-0 (48.79m).
On the track, the Bulls competed on Friday in the shuttle hurdles relays. The men finished second in a field four in 59.85. UB's foursome consisted of Austin Archibald, Jamal Norward, Andrew Omoregie and Tomarris Bell. The Bulls were the only entry from a college in the Olympic Development division of the event. In the women's shuttle hurdles Championship of America division, the Bulls placed 10th of 16 in 59.64. UB's foursome of Brooklynn Ventura, Anna Holmes, Jasmine Thompson and Ayo Ehindero won their heat in the timed finals.
UB's men's distance medley relay team finished fifth overall and third in its heat on Friday in 10:05.25. The foursome of John Bauman, Brian Smith, Shaun Brummert and Ryan Zillmann raced to a season-best time in the event.
The UB women finished 23rd of 38 teams in the sprint medley relay. The foursome of Natalie Fildes, Ventura, Holmes and Jackie Burns crossed the finish line in 4:04.75 to win their heat by more than two and a half seconds over UMBC.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team finished 47th among 78 entries and were eliminated following the preliminary heats. The Bulls foursome of Andre Britton, Smith, Brian Archie and Omoregie finished in 42.62.
UB men's distance runners were in action late Thursday after thunderstorms pushed the race schedule around 90 minutes. In the Olympic Development 5,000-meters, Dylan Conway finished 19th of 30 in 14:48.58 while Ryan Bloom placed 28th in 15:08.07. Jacob Hagen finished 31st in a 34-runner field in the men's 10,000-meters in 31:46.32.
Competition concludes on Saturday with Gac and Palmer entered in the college division of the men's hammer throw.