MT. PLEASANT, MI – University at Buffalo senior Rob Golabek won his third consecutive Mid-American Conference men's outdoor shot put title on Friday at the league championships at Lyle Bennett Track in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Golabek posted a winning throw of 61-4.75 (18.71m) on his fourth of six attempts, the first of the championship round. Golabek won the 2010 and 2011 MAC men's outdoor shot put titles and has earned All-America honors in the event the past two seasons. UB teammate Corey Knox finished fifth with a top throw of 55-5.50 (16.90m) coming on his final attempt.
The Bulls also had a pair of scorers in the women's shot put. Kristy Woods finished fourth with a throw of 48-7.25 (14.81m). The throw came on her second attempt in the opening round and was good enough to advance her into the final round. Rachel Roberts finished sixth in the event at 47-11.25 (14.61m).
UB's men also had a pair of scorers in the men's long jump. Tomarris Bell turned in a fifth-place showing with his leap of 23-5.50 (7.15m) coming on his sixth and final attempt. Freshman Don McCann was eighth at 22-5 (6.83m). His top leap was on his fifth of six attempts.
Kevin Enck finished ninth in the men's decathlon turning in a total score of 6,062 for the 10 events. His best finish in the second day of the competition came in the discus with a throw of 130-10 (39.88m), a season-best.
Several Bulls also qualified for Saturday's track finals with their performances in Friday's preliminary heats.
Jamiee McClary broke her own record in the women's 100-meter dash with an 11.85 clocking to qualify second. The junior sliced four-hundredths of a second from the record she posted as a freshman in 2010. McClary just missed making the 200-meter finals with a ninth-place finish in 24.23 as the top eight runners qualified for Saturday's final.
Also posting a new school record in preliminary heats was Anna Holmes in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Holmes finished in 59.65 to break Donna Jeanty's 2011 mark of 59.70 and qualify second. Brooklynn Ventura qualified for Saturday's women's 100-meter hurdles final with her 13.92 clocking to place fourth. Meghan Manley and Asia Henry qualified for Saturday's women's 800-meter final. Manley was fourth in 2:09.85 while Henry was sixth in 2:12.17.
Miles Lewis and Andre Britton qualified for both the men's 100- and 200-meter championships. Lewis finished the 100-meters in 10.63 to qualify second with Britton third in 10.62, a season-best. The duo set season-bests as they posted the two fastest times in the 200-meters. Britton was the top qualifier in 21.17 while Lewis was second in 21.29. Defending champion Will Cole qualified second in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 53.12.
The men's team is sixth among the six squads with 35 points as Akron holds a commanding lead with 94 points. The UB women have 18 points to stand seventh in the 12-team field. Toledo leads the women's meet with 59 points.
Competition concludes Saturday.
Men's scores (through eight events): Akron 94, Central Michigan 58, Kent State 43, Eastern Michigan 43, Miami (OH) 39, Buffalo 35.
Women's scores (through seven events): Toledo 59, Kent State 48, Miami (OH) 33, Akron 29, Eastern Michigan 22, Western Michigan 21, Buffalo 18, Central Michigan 16, Ball State 15, Ohio 12, Bowling Green 0, Northern Illinois 0.