ITHACA, NY - The University at Buffalo track and field teams closed out their second to last warm up for the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday at the Cornell Invitational. The Bulls collected 12 event victories while also setting two school record and facility records along the way.
The UB throwers continued to dominate the field on Saturday as they collected five individual victories including a facility and school record throw in the hammer throw by senior Evan Palmer. Palmer smashed his own school record with a throw of 211'08" (64.53m) while Megan Patterson and Taylor Woods recorded first and second place finishes in the hammer throw, respectively. Jacob Sunday set the facility record with a throw of 216'08" (66.05m) en route to a first place finish in the javelin. Jonathan Jones and Rachel Roberts collected victories in the shot put with throws of 64'08.50" (19.72m) and 50'08.75" (15.46m), respectively.
Freshman Tyra Forbes collected her first career victory in the long jump as she recorded a career-long jump of 18'03.25" (5.57m) while Kelly Truppo continued her strong junior campaign with a first place finish in the pole vault, clearing a height of 12'05.50" (3.80m).
On the track, the UB men dominated the sprints as they collected three victories. In the 100 meter dash, Miles Lewis led the way for the Bulls once again as he recorded a first place finish in 10.56 seconds while Jalen Law and Darien Johnson came in second and third respectively in 10.72 and 10.96. In the 200 meter dash, Law recorded a personal best time of 21.48 seconds while finishing in first place while Lewis, Brian Cummiskey and Joshua Gali finished second, third and fourth respectively. Cummiskey and Gali both set personal best marks in the 400 meter dash as they finished in first and second respectively in 47.73 and 47.90. Ryan Billian collected another victory in the 110 meter hurdles as he finished in 14.15 seconds after qualifying first in the preliminaries.
On the women's side, Malayah White cruised to a first place finish in the 100 meter dash in a personal best time of 12.01 seconds while Fabiola Oubida finished second in the 800 meter run in a personal best time of 2:14.43. In the 100 meter hurdles, freshman Christine Lyttle took home first place in 14.43 seconds and Sabrina Bush finished second in 14.55 seconds.
The lone distance runner to collect a top-three finish for UB on Saturday was Meghan Manley who took home second place in the 1,500 meter run with a personal best time of 4:33.08.
Four Bulls also raced at the Princeton Elite meet this weekend as Donna Jeanty was the most impressive of the bunch, setting the school record and meet record in the 400 meter hurdles event. Jeanty won the event as she finished in 58.07 seconds. Asia Henry was very dominant herself as she collected a first place finish in the 800 meter run with a season best time of 2:08.36, winning the event by over four seconds. Camaria Long won the 200 meter dash with a personal best time of 24.01 seconds while Crystal Graham came in third place in the 400 meter dash in 55.29 seconds.
The quartet of Jeanty, Long, Henry and Graham ran a scorching time of 3:43.40 en route to a first place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. The time was a meet record for the Cornell Invitational.
The Bulls will return to the track next weekend as they will travel to Akron, Ohio for the Al Wright-Campbell Invite. It is a two-day meet that starts on Friday, May 9 and runs through Saturday, May 10.