BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo track and field teams dominated the three team field, Canisius and Niagara, as the UB women collected 16 individual titles while the men collected 10 at the UB Open held at UB Stadium for the first time since 2010.
"It was very good for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete on their home field," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "We had many family members and friends out supporting the team, along with many Alumni of the program. We were happy to have our local Division I colleges, Canisius and Niagara, competing. The bright sun and mild winds allowed for some strong performances."
The most dominate performance of the afternoon was put up by junior Jonathan Jones, who smashed the school and facility record in the shot put event with a throw of 65'02.25" (19.87m). The winning throw by Jones broke Rob Golabek's school record throw from the 2012 season. The Portville, NY native now holds the UB school record for the shot put in indoor and outdoor and currently ranks #2 in the NCAA in the shot put this season.
All four of the Bulls relay teams were impressive on Friday afternoon as they recorded four victories. In the 4x100 meter relay, the UB quartet of Malayah White, Donna Jeanty, Camaria Long and Crystal Graham put up a great time as they finished in 46.03 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team of Sara Flores, Regine Lazard, Uwa Omorogbe and Sabrina Bush dominated the field, finishing in first in 3:52.49.
On the men's side, the quartet of Brandon Borden, Don McCann, Joshua Gali and Austin Ashby took home first place in 42.07 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team of Gali, Brian Cummiskey, Jalen Law and Treyvon Mask also finished off an impressive afternoon with a victory in 3:27.15.
The women's distance runners for UB had a solid day as in the 1,500 meter run, junior Meghan Manley defeated the field by nearly three seconds en route to her first victory in the event this season as she finished in 4:39.59. Finishing right behind Manley were a pair of Bulls, Corinne Birchard and Hilary Swartwood, who each finished with season best times of 4:42.07 and 4:47.73 respectively.
On the track, the Bulls dominated the sprints as Law and Long each collected victories in the 100 meter dash, finishing 10.85 seconds and 11.85 seconds respectively. In the 200 meter dash, Long collected another victory in 24.71 seconds while Ryan Billian won the men's race in 21.49 seconds.
The men's 400 meter dash was a closely contested event as Gali was just able to edge out fellow Bull Brian Cummiskey for the victory. Gali finished with a season best time of 49.28 seconds while Cummiskey finished in 49.86. The women's 400 meter dash was not as closely contested as Graham dominated the field by two seconds in route to the win. She finished the race in 55.99 seconds.
Asia Henry continued her dominance in the 800 meter run as she won the race by over five seconds over second place finisher, Fabiola Oubida. Henry finished in 2:08.96, just shy of her season best time, while Oubida recorded her best time of the outdoor season, finishing in 2:14.89.
Chrissy Clarkin dominated the field in the 2,000 meter steeplechase as she finished with a season best time of 7:08.07.
In the jumping events, Billian collected the long jump victory with a leap of 23' (7.01m) while Austin Price won the triple jump with a leap of 49'04.50" (15.05m). On the women's side, freshman Tyra Forbes set a personal best mark in the triple jump with a leap of 37'01.00" (11.30m) while Emma Siuciak won the long jump with a leap of 18'04.50" (5.60m). Winning the women's pole vault was junior Kelly Truppo who cleared a height of 12'6.00" (3.81m).
Megan Patterson collected victories in the shot put and javelin while earning second place finishes in the discus and hammer throw. After taking second place in the shot put behind Jones' record breaking throw, senior Evan Palmer collected a victory in the discus with a throw of 176'11" (53.93m).
Prior to the meet on Friday, the UB track and field teams honored their nine seniors who have meant so much to the squad over the past four seasons. The Bulls also held a moment of silence for their former teammate Brian Archie who unexpectedly passed away last year.
"Today was a very special day for our team, as we honored our senior student-athletes, and we remembered our former team member Brian Archie," stated Mitchell. "Our team had extra passion behind each performance. This meet was another strong step as we prepare for The Penn Relays next week and continue to build towards the MAC Championships."
The Bulls will return to the track Thursday, as they will travel to Philadelphia, PA for the three-day Penn Relays.