DEKALB, IL – University at Buffalo junior Shante' White won the women's hammer throw on Thursday as the first day of the Mid-American Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Northern Illinois University.
White broke both the MAC meet and UB school records with her winning throw of 206-4 (62.90m). White's record throw occurred on her first attempt in the preliminary round as she held the top spot throughout the competition. The throw broke the UB record set by 2005 MAC hammer champion Faith Thompson by nearly seven feet and made White the first UB woman to eclipse 200 feet in the hammer. Of White's three scored throws, all were better than 200 feet as she broke the MAC meet record of 202-7 (61.75m) set by Akron's Stevie Large in 2007. White won UB's fourth women's hammer title since 2000 by seven feet over Western New York native Melissa Kurzdorfer, throwing for Kent State. UB's Erin Miller also scored for the Bulls with an eighth-place finish at 172-0 (52.44m).
In the men's hammer, both Matt Gac and Evan Palmer turned in season-best efforts. Gac, who represented UB at the 2010 NCAA National Championships in the event, finished fourth with a throw of 196-2 (59.79m). Palmer scored a fifth-place finish with his throw of 195-8 (59.65m) on his last attempt in the final round. Palmer improved his season-best by nearly five feet while Gac added three inches to his mark.
The Bulls also scored a pair of placers in the women's javelin. Brittany Hedderson, also a member of the women's basketball team, finished third with a season-best throw of 133-1 (40.56m). Karen Bellanca took fifth with a season-best throw of 120-7 (36.75m).
UB also scored points in the men's 10,000-meters as Jacob Hagen finished sixth in 32:25.99.
Through four events, the UB women stand third with 21 points, as Kent State leads with 29 followed by Miami (OH) at 25. Through three events, the UB men are tied for fifth in the six-team meet. The Bulls have 12 points tying with Miami (OH). Akron leads the men's meet with 40 points.
Competition continues through Saturday.
Men's team scores (through three events): Akron 40, Kent State 18, Eastern Michigan 18, Central Michigan 17, Buffalo 12, Miami (OH) 12.
Women's team scores (through four events): Kent State 29, Miami (OH) 25, Buffalo 21, Akron 20, Toledo 15, Ohio 14, Eastern Michigan 10, Western Michigan 9, Bowling Green 8, Central Michigan 5, Ball State 0, Northern Illinois 0.