Bulls Enjoy Successful MAC Meet
The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams won a total of eight league titles as the Bulls enjoyed one of their most successful Mid-American Conference Championships since joining the league more than a decade ago. Both teams finished in the same spots as last season's MAC meet at UB Stadium. The UB men tied for fourth with Eastern Michigan as both squads scored 112 points in the six-team meet. The UB women finished fifth among the 12 MAC schools with 78 points.
Throwers Claim Five League Titles
Over the three-day meet at Northern Illinois, UB throwers claimed five titles with wins in the women's hammer and both the men's and women's shot put and discus throws. On Thursday, Shante' White broke both the MAC meet and UB school records with her winning throw of 206-4 (62.90m) in the women's hammer. On Friday, Rob Golabek broke his own record in the men's shot put for the third time this season. He turned in a top throw of 62-11.25 (19.18m), winning by more than seven feet. Early Saturday morning, Becky O'Brien won the first of her two titles on the day on her way to being named the MAC's Most Outstanding Female Field Performer. O'Brien broke the MAC, MAC meet and UB records in winning the women's shot put with a winning heave of 56-6 (17.22m). Later, O'Brien captured the MAC women's discus title with another record breaking performance as she took the competition with a throw of 193-8 (59.04m), breaking the MAC record by seven feet and extending an amazing 20 feet onto her own UB record. The Bulls also claimed the title in the men's discus with a one-two finish as Evan Palmer took his first league title with a winning toss of 177-2 (54.00m) while Matt Gac finished second at 176-8 (53.84m).
Track Titles in Sprints, Distance and Hurdles
On the track, the UB men won three titles with victories in a sprint, a distance race and a hurdles competition on Saturday. Ryan Bloom took the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in dramatic fashion as he held off Akron's Joe McCoy by just two seconds winning in 9:14.65. Brian Smith won the 200-meter dash in 21.12 seconds, one-hundredth of a second off his season-best and three-hundredths shy of his school record. Will Cole won his first MAC title on Saturday with his victory in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Cole cut a full second off his season best to win the title in 51.74. Cole held off second-place finisher and 2009 MAC champion K.C. Lacross of Akron by a tenth of a second.
Nine Bulls Earn All-MAC Honors
The Bulls placed nine individuals on the All-MAC teams at the meet. Earning first-team honors for the men were Rob Golabek, Evan Palmer, Ryan Bloom, Brian Smith and Will Cole while Shante' White and Becky O'Brien earned women's honors. Matt Gac and Asia Henry were named to the second-team.
NCAA First Round Next Up
The Bulls continue the postseason during the Memorial Day weekend as several athletes will compete at the NCAA First Round in Bloomington, IN. The fields are expected to be announced later this week. The three-day meet, slated for May 26-28 will be the first step to the NCAA National Championships.