AKRON, OH – The University at Buffalo men's and women's teams opened competition on Friday at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Akron's Stile Fieldhouse. The Bulls earned a second-place women's finish and a third-place men's showing to highlight the first day of finals competition.
Freshman Emma Siuciak finished second in the women's pentathlon competition with a five-event total of 3,704 points. In a close finish, she finished just 45 points behind Eastern Michigan's Kate Wolanin. Siuciak's highest placing was a third-place in the shot put at 34-9.50 (10.560m). Siuciak closed ground on Wolanin in the final event, the 800-meters, as she finished sixth to Wolanin's ninth to gain 57 points in the overall standings but was unable to make up the entire difference.
Men's long jumpers Tomarris Bell and Brian Archie scored points for the UB men with their third- and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Bell cleared a season-best 23-2 (7.06m) on his fifth of six attempts. Archie finished at 22-7 (6.88m) to earn one point.
Women's weight throwers Erin Miller and Kristy Woods had strong performances on Friday. Miller set a season-best with her toss of 57-11.25 (17.66m) to better her previous high by 18 inches and place fifth. Woods, an All-America in the outdoor shot put in 2010, placed sixth with a top toss of 57-2.75 (17.44m).
UB's men's distance medley relay team placed fifth in 10:34.49. The foursome consisted of Cord Sgaglio, Doug Hannon, A.J. Nasello and John Inzina). Dylan Conway placed sixth in the men's 5,000-meters in 14:43.69, shaving more than 10 seconds from his top mark of the season.
Several Bulls also earned spots in Saturday's finals events with Brooklynn Ventura breaking her school record in the 60-meter hurdles. Ventura had the second-fastest time in Friday's qualifying with a clocking of 8.52 seconds. Ventura lowered her school record by .05 seconds. Ayo Ehindero qualified eighth in 8.79, equaling her season-best mark.
Other women's qualifiers included Jamiee McClary in the 60- and 200-meters, Asia Henry in the 800-meters and Donna Jeanty in the 400-meters. McClary set a season-best with her 7.64 showing in the 60-meters to qualify eighth. She also turned in a 24.71 in the 200-meters to qualify ninth. Henry turned in a 2:12.70 to qualify fourth in the 800-meters with Jeanty setting a season-best time of 55.88 in the 400-meters to qualify ninth.
Miles Lewis and Andre Britton both qualified for Saturday's finals in the men's 60- and 200-meters. Lewis was the third-fastest qualifier in the 60-meters in 6.90 and was fifth in the 200-meters in 21.74. Britton qualified eight in both events with a 6.98 showing in the 60-meters and a season-best 21.86 in the 200-meters. Jacob Wray qualified fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.29 and Will Cole set a season-best with his 48.93 clocking in the 400-meters to qualify ninth.
Daniel Reynolds broke Dan Simpson's pole vault record with a height of 15-9.25, a quarter-inch improvement. Reynolds finished seventh overall.
Men's heptathletes Kevin Enck (2,676) and Craig Howard (2,590) stand sixth and seventh after the first day of the two-day multi-event. Enck had a second-place finish in the shot put at 39-5.75 (12.03m) and tied for second in the high jump at 6-4 (1.93m), both season-bests. Howard posted a season-best in the long jump at 20-11.75 (6.39m) to place fourth.
Women's head coach Vicki Mitchell commented following the first day. "We had several very strong performances today. A breakout mark by Dan Simpson. Emma Siuciak showed nerves of steel in her debut MAC Championship. We advanced many to finals and are really excited for what our teams will accomplish tomorrow. We need to bring out A-plus game to compete well."
The UB men are fifth among the five teams with 10 points after the first day. UB's women are seventh of 12 squads with 15 points.
Competition concludes on Saturday.
Men's team scores: Akron 66; Central Michigan 32; Kent State 25; Eastern Michigan 21; UB 10.
Women's team scores: Toledo 37; Eastern Michigan 26; Kent State 26; Akron 24; Western Michigan 21; Miami (Ohio) 16; UB 15; Ohio 14; Central Michigan 9; Northern Illinois 5; Ball State 1; Bowling Green 1.