ITHACA, NY - The University at Buffalo's men's and women's indoor track and field teams both turned in second-place finishes behind host Cornell at Saturday's Upstate Challenge at Barton Hall. The UB men totaled 87 points to Cornell's 174.5 while the UB women earned 116 points to Cornell's 162 in the eight-team meets.
"This meet continues our journey towards the MAC Championships," stated head coach Vicki Mitchell. "Our experienced upperclassmen are showing that their consistency of training and patience is paying big dividends. The combination of a very young and talented freshman class that continues to develop and the upperclassmen who are seasoned in the competition will be the key for the women's team as the season progresses."
The Bulls finished ahead of local rivals Albany, Binghamton, Colgate, Ithaca, SUNY Cortland and Syracuse.
Two school records fell on Saturday afternoon at Cornell as Chris Reape continued his domination in the high jump. He set the school record with a leap of 7'00.25 (2.14m). This jump has Reape ranked first in the MAC in the high jump so far this season. Ryan Billian also set a school record on Saturday in the long jump as he had a leap of 24'11.25, earning him the first place finish. Billian is now tied for the longest jump in school history with Roy Richards, who jumped the same distance in 2007 for the Bulls.
The women's track team had a strong performance on Saturday afternoon as they racked up multiple personal best marks and also MAC qualifying times. Crystal Graham once again was dominant in the 200 meter dash as she took home first place for the second straight weekend as she finished in 24.94 seconds. Donna Jeanty continued her strong start to the season in the 500 meter run as she took home first place in a personal best time of 1:14.24, just ahead of teammate Asia Henry, who gather eight points for the Bulls in second place.
Freshman Lauren Sullivan was impressive in the 60 meter dash as she set a new personal best mark of 7.73 seconds en route to a third place finish. Fellow freshman Christine Lyttle and Caroline Brown also set personal best marks in their events. Lyttle came in third place in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.97 seconds while Brown finished the 1000 meter run in 2:55.05 to take home fourth place honors. Corinne Birchard also had a personal best mark in the 3000 meter run, finishing in 10:12.45.
The Bulls also had three women finish in the top-10 of the 400 meter dash on Saturday as Camaria Long came in fourth place while Kyla Kenyon and Uwa Omorogbe finished in seventh and ninth respectively.
On the men's side, Jalen Law continued to impress in the 60 meter dash as he finished in first place in a MAC auto qualifying time of 6.82 seconds. His efforts on Saturday rank him third in the MAC for the 60 meter dash. Fellow Bull Darien Johnson also finished fourth in the 60 meter dash in 6.98 seconds.
The Bulls also picked up 12 points in the 60 meter hurdles event as Billian came in second place in 7.9 seconds, just behind first place winner Donald Pollitt from Syracuse. Jacob Wray was able to get a fourth place finish and four points for Buffalo as he finished in 8.29 seconds.
In the field events, sophomore Megan Patterson continued to dominate for the Bulls in the shot put and weight throw, earning two first place finishes. In the weight throw, Patterson had a best throw of 16.69 meters and in the shot put she had a throw of 14.39 meters. Also finishing in the top-5 in the shot put were senior Rachel Roberts whit a throw of 14.32 meters and sophomore Taylor Woods with a toss of 12.77 meters.
Jonathan Jones continued his domination in the circle for the Bulls as he recorded a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 19.22 meters. Jones is currently ranked #1 for shot put in the NCAA. Ryan Cribbin performed well in only his second meet as a Bull, earning a fourth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 15.87 meters.
Evan Palmer won the weight throw event for the second straight week for the Bulls as he had a long throw of 20.49 meters, good enough to earn Buffalo 10 points. Palmer is now qualified for the MAC Championships in the weight throw.
Austin Price had another strong showing in the triple jump for the Bulls as he earned the first place finish with a long leap of 15.23 meters. Price was also one of four Bulls to finish in the top-6 in the long jump event. Billian took home first place while Austin Ashby was fourth, Donald McCann was fifth and Price was sixth.
The Bulls women dominated the pole vault on Saturday, earning three top-5 finishes as freshman Jenn Thill recorded her first collegiate victory with a personal best mark of 3.9 meters. Kelly Truppo was impressive once again for Buffalo finishing in second place with a MAC auto qualifying mark of 3.9 meters. Sophomore Taylor Bates showed improvement, finishing tied for fourth place with a best mark of 3.45 meters.
The UB women's relay teams had a strong showing at Cornell as the team of Henry, Jeanty, Regine Lazard and Kenyon came in second place in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 9:22.61. In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Sara Flores, Long, Tyra Forbes and Graham recorded a third place finish.
The men's relay team of Frederic Fils-Aime, Joshua Gali, Treyvon Mask and Brian Cummiskey put in a strong effort in the 4x400 meter relay, taking home the fourth place finish and four points for their team.
The heptathlon was held on Friday night at Cornell and UB junior Craig Howard took home the first place finish for the Bulls as he earned 5,097 points. Finishing in eighth place for the Bulls in the same event was senior Kevin Enck who finished with 4,093 points.
Buffalo will return to the track on Saturday, February 1 as they will travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan for the Eastern Michigan Invitational.