GENEVA, OH – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams won seven events and scored 10 second-place finishes at the SPIRE Midwest Open which concluded Saturday. There was no team scoring at the meet.
Becky O'Brien broke her own UB record to win the women's shot put. O'Brien threw 57-5.75 (17.52m) to eclipse the record she set last season by more than 16 inches. Kristy Woods was second nearly eight feet behind O'Brien with a throw of 49-8.50 (15.15m). UB's Rachel Roberts was fourth at 44-10.75 (13.68m).
Woods won the women's weight throw, setting a season-best at 56-10.25 (17.33m) while Erin Miller placed second at 56-0 (17.07m), also a season-best mark.
Scoring women's wins on the track were Asia Henry in the 800-meters and Brooklynn Ventura in the 60-meter hurdles. Henry won the 800-meters in 2:09.69 with Meghan Manley placing third in 2:14.51 and Aimee Hopkins finishing fourth in a season-best 2:16.10. Ventura won the 60-meter hurdles in a season-best 8.64 and also set a season-best in the 200-meters in 25.05, placing fifth.
UB's women's 4x400-meter relay team also posted a season-best with their victory in 3:46.18, cutting three seconds from the squad's previous best. UB's women's distance medley relay team finished second in 12:02.24.
Kelly Truppo finished third in the women's pole vault at 11-11.75 (3.65m) with Jenna Van Dusen placing fourth at 10-11.75 (3.35m). Anna Holmes was fourth in the women's 400-meters in 57.54 with Donna Jeanty taking fifth in 57.93.
For the UB men, Rob Golabek remained undefeated this season in the shot put. Golabek won the competition with a throw of 63-1.50 (19.24m), just missing his UB and Mid-American Conference record set two weeks ago by three-quarters of an inch. His throw on Saturday was nearly six feet better than the second-place throw. Corey Knox finished third at 55-0.75 (16.78m).
Miles Lewis won the men's 60-meters in 6.83 seconds while Andre Britton was second in 6.96. Lewis placed second in the 200-meters with a season-best 21.77 while Britton also posted a season-best of 22.06 to take third.
The UB men also posted five additional second-place finishes. Jacob Wray turned in a season-best 8.30 on the way to his runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Daniel Reynolds tied his season-best of 15-5 (4.70m) in the men's pole vault. Douglas Hannon set a season-best in the men's triple jump at 46-5.50 (14.16m), adding 7.5 inches to his top mark. Chris Reape was second in the men's high jump at 6-6.75 (2.00m), posting a season-best with John Strickland finishing fifth at 6-4.75 (1.95m). Sigismund Ajavon was second in the long jump at 21-11.50 (6.69m) as Brian Archie placed fifth in the event at 21-7.25 (6.58m).
The men's distance runners also scored high with fourth-place finishes from Andris Goncarovs in the 5,000-meters in 15:07.54 and Jacob Hagen in the 3,000-meters in 8:27.62, a season-best. Dylan Conway (8:39.28) finished seventh and John Inzina (8:39.59) took eighth in the 3,000-meters.
In the men's relays, UB's 4x400-meter relay team scored a season-best in 3:20.64, cutting nearly five seconds from last week's mark to take third place. The men's distance medley relay team finished fourth in 10:13.07.
The Bulls travel to the Penn State Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup next Saturday.