KENT, OH - The University at Buffalo men's track and field team currently sits in third place following day one of competition at the MAC Championships held by Kent State. The UB women are in 11th place following the first day of events.
The UB men have earned 33 points so far, trailing only Akron (53) and Eastern Michigan (37) while the UB women have collected four points so far.
Evan Palmer claimed the lone the Bulls lone MAC crown on Friday afternoon as he dominated the field in the weight throw. Palmer collected his first conference championship with a school record throw of 68-07.25 (20.91m) in the weight throw. Palmer's toss currently ranks him 16th in the NCAA in the event.
After four events in the men's heptathlon, Mike Morgan leads the field for the Bulls with 3,119 points. Morgan had a first place showing in the high jump with a leap of 6-09.00 (2.06m) and a second place finish in the 60 meter dash in 7.12 seconds to highlight his afternoon.
Ryan Billian continued his stellar season for the Bulls with a second place finish in the long jump with a leap of 23-08.00 (7.21m). Austin Price also had a nice showing in the long jump, taking home a fourth place finish with a season-best jump of 23-03.25 (7.09m). Billian also qualified for the 60 meter hurdles final on Saturday with a school record time of 7.86 seconds, en route to a third place finish.
The UB men's distance medley relay team of Alec Peinkofer, Tyler Scheving, Brian Cummiskey and Brian Crimmins took home the MAC crown on Friday night with a school record time of 9:52.37, earning the Bulls 10 points in the process.
On the track, Billian again impressed as he qulaified for the finals in the 60 meter dash with a season-best time of 6.76 seconds while defending MAC champ, Miles Lewis, also qualified with a time of 6.84 seconds.
In the 200 meter dash, Buffalo had three runners qualify as Lewis led the team with a fifth place finish in 21.57 seconds while Jalen Law and Billian finished right behind, earning bids to the finals on Saturday.
On the women's side, Asia Henry once again led the Bulls in the 800 meter run with a third place finish in 2:11.27, earning a spot in the final on Saturday. Regine Lazard set a season-best mark in the same event with a time of 2:14.18, falling just short of qualifying for the final.
Camaria Long set a career-best mark in the 200 meter dash on Friday with a time of 24.21 seconds. Her time was good enough for second place and earned her a spot in the finals. In the 400 meter run, Donna Jeanty continued her domination for UB with a third place finish with a career-best time of 55.03 seconds, qualifying for the finals on Saturday.
Freshman Christine Lyttle just missed out on earning a spot to the finals in the 60 meter hurdles event on Friday as she finished in ninth place with a season-best time of 8.77 seconds.
In the women's distance medley relay, the team of Corinne Birchard, Meghan Manley, Crystal Graham and Caroline Brown collected a fifth place finish with a season-best time of 11:36.66, earning the Bulls four points in the process.
Action will continue on Saturday morning at 10:00 am with the men's 60 meter hurdles event for the heptathlon.