BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo hurdler Brooklynn Ventura has been named as the Mid-American Conference's Women's Track Athlete of the Week. The league announced its weekly awards from its Cleveland headquarters late Wednesday.
Ventura set a pair of Cornell stadium records in winning the women's 100-meter hurdles on Sunday, April 29 at the Big Red Invitational. Ventura was the fastest qualifier in the preliminary heats turning in a time of 13.83, lowering the Kane Complex record by a tenth of a second. She lowered the record further in the finals as she won in 13.71, three-tenths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher. At the Penn Relays earlier in the week, she was part of UB's record setting 4x100-meter shuttle hurdles along with Jasmine Thompson, Ayo Ehindero and Kristina Arcury as they finished in 57.98, winning their heat and placing fourth overall among the eight schools entered in the event.
A junior from Waterloo, NY, Ventura set the UB record in the women's 100-meter hurdles earlier this season with a 13.60 clocking at the Cortland Classic Invitational on April 20. The time is currently the fastest in the MAC by .09 seconds.
"Brooklynn's performances all year have been extremely consistent," said UB women's head coach Vicki Mitchell. "Her training and work ethic, like all of our student-athletes, is tremendous. This is a great accolade for her leading into the MAC Championships."
The Bulls travel to Penn State's Jim Thorpe Open on Friday for their final regular season meet. The MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships are May 10-12 at Central Michigan University.