UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams made their final preparations for next weekend's Mid-American Conference Championships with some strong showings at Penn State's Jim Thorpe Open. The Bulls and host Nittany Lions were the only Division I programs in the field as the meet included several other Division II and III programs and junior colleges.
The Bulls won four men's and four women's events on Saturday, setting a pair of school records in the process.
In the women's 4x100-meter relay, UB broke an eight-year old record to win the race. The foursome of Jamiee McClary, Brooklynn Ventura, Crystal Graham and Bridgette Kendricks combined to finish in 46.53, slicing seven-hundredths of a second from the previous mark set in 2003.
Additionally, freshman Adam Hume bettered Dan Simpson's old record in the men's pole vault. Hume cleared 16-0.75 (4.90m) to win the competition. Becoming the first UB athlete to clear 16 feet, Hume broke the mark of 15-11 (4.85m) set by Simpson in 2004.
UB's throwers were impressive, as usual, on Saturday. Becky O'Brien, fresh off her discus win at the Penn Relays, won two events. O'Brien took the women's discus at 165-10 (50.56m). She also won the shot put at 52-7.25 (16.03m), besting unattached entrant and UB record holder Kristy Woods by 9.25 inches.
Shante' White and Matt Gac set season-best marks in winning the women's and men's hammer throws, respectively. White took the women's event with a throw of 195-4 (59.55m), easily winning the competition over Penn State's Jane Swenson by more than 28 feet. The throw also improved White's top 2011 distance by almost four feet. Gac improved his season-best throw by more than six feet in winning the men's hammer at 195-11 (59.73m).
Rob Golabek, who was named the MAC's Field Athlete of the Week for his Penn Relays performance, took the men's shot put with a throw of 62-2.25 (18.95m). Golabek won the even by more than four feet over Penn State's Joe Kovacs.
On the track, the Bulls finished first, second and third in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Andrew Omoregie took the race in 14.40 seconds with Jamal Norward (14.88) and Austin Archibald (14.89) right behind.
The Bulls travel to DeKalb, IL for next weekend's MAC Championships. Competition runs Thursday through Saturday at Northern Illinois University.