Men Finish Fifth, Women Sixth at MAC Finals
The University at Buffalo track and field teams competed at the Mid-American Conference Championships in Mt. Pleasant, MI over the weekend. The UB women finished sixth among the 12 league members with 72 points. The UB men moved up to a fifth-place finish in the six-team event with 118 total points. The Kent State women (134.33) and the Akron men (171) claimed the team titles.
Golabek Wins Third Outdoor Shot Put Title
Senior Rob Golabek claimed his third MAC outdoor shot put title and the fourth of his career with his easy victory on Friday. He posted a winning throw of 61-4.75 (18.71m) on his fourth of six attempts, the first of the championship round, and took the competition by nearly five feet. 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.
Holmes Comes Home With Hurdles Crown
Junior Anna Holmes won her first MAC title in the women's 400-meter hurdles by setting her second school record in as many days. Holmes, who set the UB record of 59.65 in Friday's prelims, needed another record effort to win in Saturday's championship as she took 1.27 seconds off the day-old record for a 58.38 clocking and held off Eastern Michigan's Asia Rawls by a hundredth of a second.
Lewis, Britton Go One-Two In 200-Meters
Junior Miles Lewis won the men's 200-meters as he and senior Andre Britton finished first and second, respectively, like they did in Friday's prelims. Lewis breezed to the win in 21.33 seconds while Britton held off Miami's Jahquil Hargrove and Akron's Dominique Watson by a hundredth of second with his runner-up finish in 21.46. Lewis and Britton also competed in the 100-meters. Lewis finished second in 10.57 while Britton was fourth in 10.71. The pair were also part of the Bulls' 4x100-meter men's relay team with Tomarris Bell and Ed Young, who joined the tracksters after playing football for four seasons.. UB finished second in a season best 41.16.
Strickland Breaks High Jump Record in MAC Victory
Freshman John Strickland broke Steve Esler's UB high jump record in taking his first league title. Strickland cleared 6-9.50 (2.07m) to win the competition. After passing on the opening height of 6-0 (1.83m), Strickland cleared each successive height in his first attempt to be declared the winner as three other jumpers, including UB freshman Chris Reape also cleared 6-9.50 (2.07m) as they needed more than one attempt to clear the height. Tomarris Bell also posted a season-best of 6-8 (2.03m) to finish sixth. Esler, currently UB's high jump coach, set the previous school record at 6-9 (2.05m).