Bulls Face Penn State in Final Tune Up for MAC Meet
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. UB won four men's and four women's events, setting a pair of school records.
Women's Relayers Break Eight-Year Old Mark
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. The Bulls won the race by more than a half second over Penn State's top foursome.
Hume Clears 16 Feet for Pole Vault Record
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 event. Becoming the first UB athlete to clear 16 feet, Hume broke the mark of 15-11 (4.85m) set by Simpson in 2004 and was nearly a foot and a half better than the three-way tie for second place.
Throwers Continue to Roll Along
UB's throwers were impressive, as usual. 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 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 event by more than four feet over Penn State's Joe Kovacs.
MAC Championships at Stake This Weekend
The Bulls travel to DeKalb, IL for this weekend's MAC Championships. Competition runs Thursday through Saturday at Northern Illinois University. At last season's meet, held at UB Stadium, both teams finished with their highest showings since joining the league. UB's Casey Garbaty, redshirting the season after winning the MAC javelin title in 2010, earned the meet's Most Outstanding Men's Field Performer Award. Additionally, Garbaty and Rob Golabek earned All-MAC First Team men's honors with Brian Smith and Matt Gac picking up second-team awards. For the women, Tiffany Maskulinski and Becky O'Brien were selected to the All-MAC First Team and 2011 redshirt Kristy Woods was named to the second-team.