GAINESVILLE, FL – Several members of the University at Buffalo's men's and women's outdoor track and field teams competed over the weekend at the Florida Relays.
The Bulls competed in the sprint and throwing events, winning both the men's and women's discus and a shot put title while also earning a second and two fourth-place finishes in other throwing events.
Corey Knox won two events at the meet. On Friday, he won the men's discus with a season-best mark of 174-1 (53.06m). Knox, who played fullback on the UB football team last fall, won the competition by nearly six feet as Emmanuel Stewart of Morgan State placed second at 168-11 (51.50m). Saturday afternoon, Knox claimed the shot put with a throw of 56-6 (17.22m) as he added more than three feet to his season-best mark in the event.
Erin Miller won the women's discus with a throw of 151-9 (46.26m). Miller won the event by seven inches over Miami (FL) thrower Ashley Holmes (151-2, 46.07m). The throw also increased Miller's season-best by more than 21 feet when she threw 130-7 at the Wake Forest Invitational last month.
Rob Golabek had a second-place finish in the Invitational portion of the men's shot put, reserved for the country's elite throwers. Golabek had his best throw of 61-0 (18.59m) on his fifth of six attempts, extending his 2012 top mark 12.75 inches. Unattached thrower Kemal Mesic won the event with his only regulation throw of 65-9 (20.04m) on his fourth of six attempts. Mesic fouled on all of his other attempts.
Kristy Woods finished fourth in the women's hammer throw at 179-2 (54.62m). Woods finished behind three Atlantic Coast Conference entrants representing Virginia Tech, Clemson and Maryland. Miller placed 11th at 166-6 (50.76m) but was unable to reach the final round as the top nine throwers moved on in the competition. Woods also had a seventh-place finish in the shot put invitational competition at 48-3.25 (14.71m).
Rachel Roberts finished fourth in the women's shot put with a season-best mark of 47-11.25 (14.61m), adding a quarter-inch to the mark she set last week at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge.
On the track, Miles Lewis broke the school record in the men's 100-meter dash. Lewis turned in a finish of 10.49 seconds to finish 19th in a field of 71 runners as he eclipsed Dan Schichtel's 2009 time of 10.54. Lewis also ran the opening leg of UB's 1,600-meter sprint medley relay as the Bulls finished 15th overall (first in its heat) in 3:28.43. Following Lewis on the relay were Andre Britton, Will Cole and Isaiah Mask.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team set its second school record of the season as the foursome of Jamiee McClary, Donna Jeanty, Asia Henry and Brooklynn Ventura turned in a time of 3:40.62, more than two seconds faster than the previous mark set at Wake Forest. The team finished 15th among 48 squads.
UB had entrants in the men's and women's 400-meter hurdles competitions. For the men, Cole set a season-best with his 53.11 showing to place 25th among 47 runners. Jeanty placed 22nd in 1:00.07 while Anna Holmes was 24th in 1:00.24, both season-best marks, in the women's race which included 56 entrants.
Mask finished 34th of 41 in the men's 800-meters in 1:54.68. Jamiee McClary finished 46th of 68 entrants in the women's 400-meters in 55.71 while Asia Henry placed 53rd in 56.25.
The Bulls are at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic next Saturday and Sunday.