MT. PLEASANT, MI – First day action at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded Thursday evening with the University at Buffalo's men's and women's teams both standing in sixth place.
Jacob Sunday was UB's top finisher on Thursday as he placed third in the men's javelin competition. Sunday, a redshirt freshman, turned in a top throw of 204-0 (62.18m). The throw was four feet shy of his season-best mark of 208-0 which he had set at the Penn Relays two weeks ago.
The Bulls had three scorers in the men's 10,000-meter run, collecting eight of the team's 16 points on the first day. Dylan Conway finished fourth in the race in 31:24.59 with John Inzina seventh in 31:31.74 and Andris Goncarovs eighth in 31:35.93.
Daniel Reynolds placed seventh in the men's pole vault at 15-2.25 (4.63m).
In the women's meet, Erin Miller and Kristy Woods finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the hammer throw both setting season-best marks. Miller turned in a throw of 188-10 (58.56m) for her fourth-place showing, adding two and a half feet to her previous best. Woods finished with a best mark of 187-6 (57.16m), an improvement of more than four feet.
Competing in her second meet of the season, Katie Weston finished eighth in the javelin, picking up a point, with a top throw of 115-10 (35.31m), an improvement of two and a half feet from her Penn Relays performance.
In the multi-events, Kevin Enck stands 11th in the men's decathlon while Emma Siuciak is 14th in the women's pentathlon. Enck with a first-day total of 3,165 points had his best finishes with a third-place tie in the high jump (6-3.25, 1.91m) and fourth place in the shot put (season-best 39-2.25, 11.94m). Siuciak had a third-place showing in the shot put at 34-5.50 (10.50m) and has 2,259 points after the first four of seven events.
With their 16 points after the first day, the UB men are sixth in the six-team competition. The Bulls have 10 women's points for sixth place among all 12 of the league's members. Akron leads the men's meet with 36 points while Kent State and Toledo are tied for the women's lead with 22 points.
Competition continues through Saturday.
Men's standings (through four events): Akron 36, Central Michigan 29, Eastern Michigan 29, Kent State 28, Miami (OH) 18, Buffalo 16.
Women's standings (through three events): Kent State 22, Toledo 22, Akron 16, Central Michigan 14, Eastern Michigan 11, Buffalo 10, Miami (OH) 9, Western Michigan 8, Ohio 5, Ball State 0, Bowling Green 0, Northern Illinois 0.