BLOOMINGTON, IN – University at Buffalo junior Rob Golabek finished second in the men's shot put on Thursday as the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Round got underway in Bloomington, IN.
Golabek earned his first trip to June's NCAA National Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, IA as he was one of 12 shot putters to advance to the national semifinal round. Golabek, the Mid-American Conference champion in the event, set the UB school record for the fourth time this season with a toss of 63-8.25 (19.41m). The throw added nine inches to the previous UB mark he set in winning the MAC title two weeks ago. The throw came on his final attempt of competition and was nearly two feet better than any of his previous five throws on the day. Auburn's Stephen Saenz, the Southeastern Conference champion, finished first at 65-0.50 (19.82m).
Junior Shante' White just missed making the national field as she placed 13th in the women's hammer throw. White finished with a top throw of 189-11 (57.89m) which she recorded in the second round. White was one of 16 throwers to advance to the second round but missed making the national field by 16 inches. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the national meet.
Sophomore Will Cole was UB's lone competitor on the track on Thursday afternoon. Cole finished 37th of 48 in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 53.43 seconds. He finished seventh in his heat as the top three finishers in each heat as well as the six next fastest times advanced to Friday's quarterfinals.
Competition continues on Friday with Matt Gac and Evan Palmer competing in the men's hammer throw, Becky O'Brien in the women's shot put, Andrew Omoregie in the men's 110-meter hurdles and Brian Smith in the men's 200-meters. Gac, Palmer and O'Brien will also compete in the men's and women's discus throws on Saturday.