UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track teams finished day two of competition at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State. The UB women came in second place of eight teams while the men took home third place.
The Buffalo men sat in third place after day one of competition on Friday after a very strong showing in the 60 meter hurdles and the 60 meter dash. In the 60 meter hurdles, Ryan Billian paced the Bulls with a second place finish in 7.95 seconds, a season-best. Jake Wray and Mike Morgan both performed well in the same event, finishing in fifth and sixth place respectively.
In the 60 meter dash, Miles Lewis posted a season-best time of 6.82 seconds which was good enough to earn him the second place finish while Darien Johnson took home fifth place in 6.94 seconds. The distance medley team of Alec Peinkofer, Tyler Scheving, Cory McCarty and James Dickinson turned in a third place finish in 10:08.02 for the Bulls.
In field events on Friday, Evan Palmer continued his great start to the season as he took home a second place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 65-01.25 (19.84m). The Bulls also had three athletes finish in the top eight in the long jump as Austin Ashby led the way with a sixth place finish with a leap of 6.85 meters. Austin Price and Billian came in seventh and eighth place respectively with leaps of 6.84 meters and 6.81 meters.
The UB women sat in second place with 70 points following day one of competition. Megan Patterson continued to lead the Bulls in the weight throw as she garnered a fourth place finish with a throw of 58-04.00 (17.78m). The distance medley team of Corinne Birchard, Regine Lazard, Meghan Manley and Caroline Brown put in a solid effort as they took home the third place finish in 11:40.43.
On day two of competition, Jonathan Jones continued his domination in the circle as he took home another first place finish with a effort of 63-02.25 (19.26m) in the shot put. In other field events, Craig Howard had a nice showing for Buffalo with a fourth place finish in the pole vault with a best of 15-09.25 (4.81m).
On the track, the UB men received a third place finish from Brian Crimmins in the mile run in a school record time of 4:08.73. The 200 meter dash was another strong event for the Bulls as Lewis took second place in 21.56 seconds and Jalen Law recorded a seventh place finish in 22.09 seconds. Scheving performed well in the 800 meter dash with a sixth place finish in 1:52.25 while freshman Joshua Gali took home eighth place in the 400 meter dash in 49.83 seconds.
On the women's side, multiple Bulls put in personal best marks on the track on Saturday as Donna Jeanty took home first place in the 400 meter dash in a career best time of 55.05 seconds. Kyla Kenyon also had a nice showing in the 400 meter dash with a sixth place finish in 57.09 seconds. Defending MAC Field Athlete of the Week, Asia Henry, continued her strong performances on the track as she set a new personal best in the 600 meter dash, finishing in first place in 1:31.42. Finishing close behind Henry were fellow teammates Uwa Omorogbe in third in 1:35.90 and Lazard in fifth in 1:36.39.
Birchard continued her strong freshman campaign with a third place finish in the 800 meter run with a personal best mark of 2:12.70. Camaria Long also set a personal best in the 200 meter dash, finishing in third place in 24.55 seconds. In the 3000 meter run, Gabby Leo recorded the best finish for the Bulls as she took home sixth place in 10:21.68 while Hilary Swartwood finished right behind Leo in seventh place in 10:22.24.
The Bulls recorded a strong second place finish in the lone relay of the weekend, the 4x400 meter relay. The team of Jeanty, Long, Henry and Crystal Graham finished with a season-best time of 3:42.47.
In field events, the UB women received a career-best performance from Patterson in the shot put as she took home third place with a throw of 51-1.5 while senior Rachel Roberts took home fifth place with a season-best toss of 48-8.0.
UB will be back in action next weekend as they will travel to Geneva, OH for the Division I Invite on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15.