KENT, OH – The indoor track and field season kicked off on Saturday for the University at Buffalo as the Bulls competed at the Doug Raymond Invitational hosted by Kent State University. There was no team scoring at the meet.
Combined, the Bulls won five events on Saturday with the women claiming three and a pair for the men, including a school record.
Rob Golabek continued his obliteration of the men's shot put mark with another school record heave to win the event at 63-2.25 (19.26m). The throw improved the record set by Golabek at last season's Penn State Sykes-Sabock Cup by more than a foot. Corey Knox, who spent the fall as a fullback for the UB football team, placed third at 56-3.75 (17.16m).
Also claiming a men's victory was senior distance specialist Jacob Hagen as he won the 3,000-meters in 8:28.56.
For the UB women, Brooklynn Ventura helped the Bulls to the top two spots in the 60-meter hurdles as she won the race in 8.66 seconds, edging out teammate Jamiee McClary, who finished second in 8.67 seconds. McClary would later finish second in the 200-meter dash in 24.71 with Ventura taking seventh in 25.26.
Freshman Emma Siuciak earned her first collegiate victory as she was one of three competitors to tie for top honors in the women's high jump. Siuciak, as well as Dayton's Ellie Grandi and Tiffin's Meghan Gill, each cleared 5-3 (1.60m), however none of the three were able to advance past the height.
UB's women's 4x400-meter relay team was also victorious as the Bulls finished in 3:49.72 while UB's B squad placed third in 3:56.14.
Kristy Woods returned from a redshirt season to finish second in the women's shot put at 50-1.25 (15.27m). She also finished sixth in the weight throw at 55-2 (16.81m). Crystal Graham took second in the women's 60-meters in 7.77 seconds and placed sixth in the 200-meters in 25.15. Meghan Manley finished second in the 1,000-meters in 2:58.81 while Aimee Hopkins finished fourth in 3:01.33.
A pair of freshmen turned in second-place women's finishes in the pole vault as Kelly Truppo and Jenna Van Dusen both cleared 11-7.75 (3.55m). Daniel Reynolds, returning from a redshirt season, finished second in the men's pole vault with a leap of 15-5 (4.70), four inches better than his top indoor mark of the 2010 season.
UB's men also scored four third-place finishes. Mike Pressler placed third in the men's 1,000-meters in 2:31.42, while Tomarris Bell and Austin Price also took third on the horizontal jumps. Bell cleared 22-7.75 (6.90m) in the long jump with Price soaring 46-7.25 (14.20m) for the triple jump. The Bulls' 4x400-meter relay team also placed third in 3:25.85.
UB travels to Ithaca next weekend for the Cornell Upstate Challenge.