GENEVA, OH – The University at Buffalo track and field team wrapped up action at the SPIRE Division I Invite on Saturday afternoon with some impressive long distance marks. The Bulls broke two school records on Saturday as Cameron Bruce set the standard in the 3000 meter run and Brian Crimmins set the mark in the mile run.
The Bulls opened up action on Friday with an impressive victory in the pole vault by Taylor Bates. Bates recorded a career-best height of 11-11.75 (3.65m) en route to her first victory of the season. Megan Patterson took home a third place finish in the shot put with a throw of 50-06.75 (15.41m) and ninth place in the weight throw with a toss of 58-01.75 (17.72m). Taylor Woods also finished in 11th place with a career-best throw of 43-07.00 (13.28m) in the shot put.
The Buffalo distance runners had a solid showing on Saturday as Bruce recorded a 12th place finish in the 3000 meter run but set the school record with a time of 8:18.97. In the mile run, Crimmins took home eighth place while shattering the school record, finishing in 4:08.23.
Jonathan Jones continued to dominate in the shot put as he took home another first place finish. Jones smashed the facilty recerd, the UB school record and the MAC record with a throw of 65-05.50 (19.95m), breaking the school and MAC records for the second time this season. Jones currently ranks seventh in the NCAA in the shot put.
Tyler Scheving put together a strong effort for the Bulls in the 800 meter run as he took home second place in a season-best time of 1:51.60. In the 1000 meter run, Scheving put together another team-best finish, placing seventh. Scheving finished the race in 2:24.86 while Ben Reinhardt finished in 14th in 2:29.29 and James Dickinson finished in 15th in 2:30.80.
Miles Lewis had a strong showing in the 60 meter dash for the Bulls as he qualified for the finals with a run of 6.85 seconds and then took home a third place finish with a 6.82 second dash. Darien Johnson finished in 14th in 7.00 seconds and Jalen law finished in 15th in 7.02 seconds.
Also in track action, Ryan Billian took home eighth place in the 60 meter hurdles race as he qualified for the finals with a run of 8.15 seconds and posted a 8.08 second run in the finals. Jake Wray finished in 14th in 8.32 seconds and Christian Doherty finished in 18th in 8.44 seconds. Buffalo also had a strong showing in the 200 meter dash as Billian once again led the Bulls with a fifth place finish in a career-best 21.57 seconds while Lewis finished in eighth in 21.83 seconds.
On the men's side in the field events, Evan Palmer continued his impressive season in the weight throw, finishing in fourth place with a long throw of 67-01.25 (20.45m). In the pole vault, Daniel Normoyle finished in 10th place with a season-best height of 13-07.25 (4.15m). Don McCann recorded an eighth place finish in the shot put for the Bulls with a throw of 22-05.25 (6.84m), a season-best.
Chris Reape led UB in the high jump as he took home sixth place with a leap of 6-08.00 (2.03m) while Adam Hume led the Bulls in the pole vault with a ninth place finish.
On the women's side, Asia Henry continued to run great for Buffalo as she was able to take home a fifth place finish in the 800 meter run with a season-best time of 2:08.24. Meghan Manley also finished with a season-best time of 2:13.29 in the same race.
In pole vault, Kelly Truppo led the Bulls with a second place finish as she cleared a height of 13-00.75 (3.98m) while Jenna Van Dusen turned in a ninth place finish with a height of 12-00.75 (3.68m) and freshman Jenn Thill tied her fellow teammate, Van Dusen, in ninth place.
In the 200 meter dash, Camaria Long finished with a career-best time of 24.50 seconds en route to a eighth place finish for Buffalo while freshman Lauren Sullivan finished with a career-best time of 26.18 seconds. Long also had a season-best time of 7.66 seconds in the 60 meter dash as she took home 10th place.
Donna Jeanty recorded an 11th place finish in the 400 meter run as she just missed her season-best mark, finishing in 55.15 seconds. In the 1000 meter run, Fabiola Oubida took home 14th place in 2:58.26 while Corinne Birchard finished the mile run in 18th place in a career-best time of 4:55.82.
In the 60 meter hurdles event, freshman Christine Lyttle led the Bulls with a 19th place finish in 8.97 seconds while Tyra Forbes finished in a season-best 9.38 seconds.
The Buffalo men's 4x400 meter relay team of Joshua Gali, Frederic Fils-Aime, Treyvon Mask and Brian Cummiskey recorded an eighth place finish in a season-best time of 3:16.96.
The UB track and field team will return to action on Saturday, February 22 as they travel to Ithaca, New York for the Cornell Denault Invite.