PHILADELPHIA, PA – The University at Buffalo's Rachel Roberts won the women's Eastern shot put on Thursday afternoon as the Bulls opened competition at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
Roberts won the competition with a toss of 50-8 (15.44m), nearly three feet better than her top throw this season. Kristy Woods was ninth overall at 45-5.25 (13.85m) as 34 athletes competed in the event.
Erin Miller finished fourth in the college women's hammer throw competition. Miller turned in a top throw on Thursday of 175-11 (53.64m). Woods was 13th at 168-10 (51.48m). A total of 26 throwers were entered in the event. Miller also finished 12th in the discus throw at 142-6 (43.44m).
On the track, Anna Holmes set a personal-best as she finished eighth among 61 finishers in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.78. Donna Jeanty was 14th overall in 1:01.13 and Regine Lazard was 37th in 1:02.46. Holmes and Jeanty finished first and second, respectively, in their heat.
UB's women's 4x100-meter relay team finished 29th in a field of 82 teams in 47.20, missing a chance to move on to Friday's next round of competition. The foursome included Jamiee McClary, Holmes, Brooklynn Ventura and Crystal Graham. The women's 4x400-meter relay also finished 29th among 77 in 3:45.53 as McClary, Jeanty, Ventura and Graham comprised the foursome.
The Bulls posted a new school record in the women's distance medley relay. The foursome of Aimee Hopkins, Meghan Manley, Jackie Burns and Sam Beim finished eighth overall in 11:54.01. The time was nearly 17 seconds better than the previous mark set in 2009.
Competing for the first time in more than a year, Katie Weston finished 28th in the women's javelin throw. Weston turned in a toss of 113-5 (34.59m).
Late Thursday night, the men's 10,000-meters championship race was held. UB's Dylan Conway finished 23d in a field of 35 entrants in 31:06.13, posting UB's fastest time in the event this season.
Competition continues through Saturday.