ITHACA, NY - After a successful week at the Penn Relays, the University at Buffalo track and field teams competed in the Cornell Big Red Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Kane Sports Complex. UB combined for 12 top-five finishes and three events victories on the day.
Leading the UB women on the track were a pair of freshman, Tyra Forbes and Sara Flores. Flores continued to impress in her first season as a Bull as she won the 400 meter dash in 57.88 seconds and placed third in the 200 meter dash in a career-best time of 25.60 seconds. Forbes also had a great run in the 100 meter dash as she produced a career-best time of 12.34 seconds en route to her first victory of her young career in the event. Forbes also took home sixth place in the 200 meter dash as she finished in 26.26 seconds.
After qualifying for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles event, Sabrina Bush and Christine Lyttle did not disappoint. Bush took home first place in the event as she finished in 14.65 seconds while Lyttle was a close second, finishing in 14.83 seconds. On the men's side, UB had two Bulls qualify for the finals in the 110 meter hurdles event as Jake Wray took third place in 14.49 seconds while Christian Doherty placed sixth in 15.26 seconds.
Darien Johnson was the most impressive Bull on the men's side as he produced a career-best time of 10.89 seconds in the 100 meter dash en route to a second place finish. UB also had two athletes finish in the top-seven in the 400 meter dash as Joshua Gali took fourth place in 50.85 seconds and Jacques Garcia finished in seventh in 52.48 seconds.
The Buffalo distance runners also had some success on Sunday, as freshman Lloyd Webb took home third place in the 5,000 meter run with a career-best mark of 15:25.89. On the women's side, UB had three women finish in the top-10 in the 1,500 meter run, led by Corinne Birchard who finished in fifth in a personal best time of 4:40.47 while Melinda Wheeler finished in seventh in 4:41.74 and Caroline Brown set a new career-best time of 4:46.64, finishing in eighth. Meagan Hopkins had a strong showing in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing in third place in 11:32.14.
In field events, the Bulls only competed in four events as they were led by sophomore Taylor Bates who took home second place in the pole vault clearing a career-best height of 12'05.50" (3.80m) while Jenna Van Dusen took home fifth, tying a season-best height of 11'09.75" (3.60m). On the men's side, Daniel Normoyle took home fifth in the pole vault as he cleared a season-best height of 14'03.25 (4.35m).
In the discus, Craig Howard set a season-best mark with a throw of 111'06.00" (33.99m) as he finished 19th while fellow teammate Mike Morgan came in 20th with a throw of 107'02.00" (32.66m). In the javelin, Morgan placed 20th with a throw that traveled 104'00.00" (31.69m)
The Bulls will have a week off before they travel to Akron, Ohio for the Al Wright-Campbell Invitational. The two-day event will begin on Friday, May 9 and run through Saturday, May 10.