ITHACA, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams finished second to host Cornell on Saturday in the six-team Cornell Upstate Challenge at Barton Hall. The Bulls won a total of 11 events, setting two school records and a Barton Hall mark on the day.
The UB women claimed eight first-place finishes and set a pair of school records.
Asia Henry won the women's 500-meters by one-hundredth of a second over teammate Donna Jeanty to highlight the Bulls' efforts. Henry finished in 1:14.21 to Jeanty's 1:14.22, breaking Jeanty's school record of 1:15.42 set at last season's Penn State National Meet. Henry also helped the women's 4x800-meter relay team to a new school mark of 9:22.31 breaking a two-year old record. Henry ran the opening leg of the relay and was followed by Jeanty, Kyla Kenyon and Regine Lazard.
The UB women also finished one-two in the 60-meter hurdles , weight throw and shot put. In the hurdles event, Jamiee McClary claimed victory in 8.66 seconds with Brooklynn Ventura second in 8.75. Kristy Woods won the weight throw at 56-7.50 (17.26m) with Erin Miller second at 55-5.75 (16.91m). Woods finished second to Becky O'Brien in the women's shot put with O'Brien, in her first meet of the season, taking the competition with a toss of 52-6.75 (16.02m) to Woods' 51-3.50 (15.63m). UB's 4x400-meter team of Crystal Graham, Ventura, Anna Holmes and McClary also won in 3:49.16.
Holmes won the women's 400-meters in 57.86. Graham finished second in the 200-meters in 25.62 and third in the 60-meters in 7.76. Aimee Hopkins took second in the 800-meters in 2:21.86. Kelly Truppo claimed the women's pole vault at 12-1.50 (3.70m) while Molly Coakley was third clearing the same height. Truppo was awarded the victory on the basis of needing just one attempt to clear the top height while all other vaulters needed more than one attempt to successfully clear the height.
Competing in his first competition for UB after transferring from Long Island University, sprinter Miles Lewis won two events on Saturday. Lewis claimed the 60-meters in 6.80 and the 200-meters in 22.07. Teammate Andre Britton was second to Lewis in the 200-meters in 22.53.
Rob Golabek won the men's shot put, breaking a Barton Hall record that had stood for more than three decades. Golabek won the event with his final throw of 62-5.75 (19.04m), winning the competition by more than a foot. Golabek surpassed the Barton Hall record of 18.46 meters, set in 1978 by Dave Doupe. UB's Corey Knox finished third in the event at 56-0.50 (17.08m).
UB men's jumpers had second- and third-place finishes. Tomarris Bell placed second in the high jump at 6-8.25 (2.04m) while Chris Reape was third at 6-6.25 (1.99m). Chris Davis finished second in the long jump (23-4.75, 7.13m) and Austin Price placed third in the triple jump (46-10.25, 14.28m). UB's men's 4x400-meter relay team of Britton, Will Cole, Lewis and Isaiah Mask also finished second in 3:25.37.
The UB women scored 150 points to finish behind Cornell's 214. The UB men scored 109 while Cornell won the meet with 246. Syracuse, Binghamton, Cortland State and Ithaca completed the field.
The Bulls travel to Geneva, OH for the SPIRE Midwest Open next weekend.