AKRON, OH - The UB Bulls track and field teams concluded action on Friday night at the Zips Invitational with the men going 2-1 while the women went 1-2. The UB men downed Robert Morris and Youngstown State and lost to the host, Akron while the women fell to Akron and Youngstown State and defeated Robert Morris.
In their final tune-up before next weekends Mid-American Conference Championships, the UB men put together a strong afternoon which was highlighted by sophomore Brian Crimmins, who set the school record in the 800 meter run in 1:50.71. Crimmins broke the 13 year old school record by nearly a full second on his way to a second place finish, just finishing behind Jake Hiltner of Akron. Freshman Alec Peinkofer recorded a fourth place finish in a career-best time of 1:52.72.
Sophomore Cameron Bruce ran a good race in the mile run, taking home third place and finishing in a career-best time of 4:14.56. James Dickinson finished close behind Bruce in a season-best time of 4:21.11. In the 400 meter dash, Joshua Gali recorded the best finish for the Bulls, taking home sixth place in a season-best 49.36 seconds. Tyler Scheving, Brian Cummiskey and Treyvon Mask came in eighth, ninth and tenth place, respectively.
Also on the track, the UB men dominated the 60 meter hurdles event as they had five players place inside the top six for the event. Leading the way for Ub was Jake Wray, who finished in second place in a season-best 8.14 seconds. Christian Doherty and Mike Morgan came in third and fourth respectively in 8.29 seconds while Brandon Borden and Craig Howard both recorded their fastest times of the season in the race.
In field events, the Bulls had two men record top three finishes in the high jump as John Strickland had a career-best leap of 6-09.75 (2.08m). Chris Reape took home third place with a jump that matched his fellow teammate, Strickland.
Austin Ashby took home fourth place in the long jump with a leap of 22-08.50 (6.92m) while fellow Bull Donald McCann came in seventh place with a jump of 21-10.75 (6.67m). Competing in the shot put for the first time all season, Kevin Enck and Morgan took home 10th and 11th place finishes respectively.
On the women's side, Uwa Omorogbe recorded a career-best 800 meter run time of 2:14.35 while taking home first place for the Bulls. In the 400 meter run, freshman Sara Flores took home fourth place as she finished in 58.28 seconds.
The UB distance runners had a dominant showing in the 3,000 meter run as they took the top five spots in the event. Leading the way for the Bulls was Melinda Wheeler who finished in first place in a career-best time of 10:15.13. Finishing right behind Wheeler was Hilary Swartwood who finished in a season-best time of 10:15.71. Chrissy Clarkin, Gabby Leo and Meagan Hopkins finished close behind in the race, taking home third through fifth places respectively.
Fabiola Oubida set a career-best mile run time of 5:07.25 as she took home second place in the event.
A pair of UB sprinters took home top five finishes in the 60 meter dash, as Malayah White finished in fourth place in a season-best 7.73 seconds and Lauren Sullivan took home fifth place in 7.80 seconds. In the 60 meter hurdles race, freshman Christine Lyttle had a solid showing, finishing in 8.85 seconds on her way to a second place finish while Sabrina Bush finished in fourth place in 9.09 seconds.
In the pole vault, Jenna Van Dusen had a season-best vault of 12-09.00 (3.89m) en route to a third place finish. Freshman Jenn Thill took home eighth place in the event with a vault of 12-03.25 (3.74m).
The Bulls received a great triple jump effort from freshman Tyra Forbes, as she took home second place with a leap of 36-06.25 (11.13m). Forbes also recorded a seventh place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17-04.25 (5.29m).
Buffalo will next head to the MAC Indoor Championships, hosted by Kent State University. The two-day meet begins next Friday, Feb. 28, from the Kent State Field House.