ATHENS, OH – A pair of Buffalo combined events athletes were impressive on day one of the 2014 MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Ohio University at the Goldsberry Track & Field Complex. Mike Morgan holds a strong lead in the decathlon after five events while Emma Siuciak is tied for the lead after four heptathlon events.
The UB men have racked up 14 points so far through three scored events and sit in sixth place overall while the UB women have not recorded a point yet through three scored events.
"We had a very good first day for the team and we performed as we had expected," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "For the women, Emma Siuciak had a great day in heptathlon and a strong high jump mark. For the men, we had Adam Hume place the highest in the outdoor pole vault in school history while Evan Palmer took care of business in the Hammer throw with a silver medal. And Mike set a big mark in the first day of the decathlon."
Following day one of the decathlon event at the MAC Championships, Morgan holds the lead for the Bulls with 4,105 points, 283 points ahead of the second place competitor Bryan Jones of Akron. Morgan recorded his best performance of the day in the long jump as he was victorious, earning 869 points. He had a career-best jump of 23'08.75" (7.23m) to earn the victory. He also put up a career-best in the high jump, clearing a height of 6'09.75" (2.08m) en route to another first place finish. His third victory of the day came in the 400-meter dash as he ran it in 49.11 seconds.
Senior Kevin Enck also competed in the decathlon event for the Bulls and sits in ninth place after the first five events with 3,360 points. Enck had his best showing of the afternoon in the shot put as he recorded a season-best throw of 42'0.00" (12.80m). Enck recorded four season-best performances on Thursday as he posted times of 52.66 seconds and 11.55 seconds in the 400-meter and 100-meter dashes respectively. HE also posted a season-best jump of 19'07.00" (5.97m) in the long jump.
Defending MAC outdoor heptathlon champion, Siuciak had a nice start to her title defense on the first day, as she is tied for first place after four of the seven events. Siuciak claimed first place in the high jump, clearing a season-best height of 5'11.25" (1.81m) while taking home third in the shot put, sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and eighth in the 200-meter dash. She compiled season-best performances in all four events.
In the field events, Evan Palmer has the best performance of the afternoon for the Bulls as he took home second place in the hammer throw and earned the Bulls eight points. Palmer recorded a throw that traveled 210'11.00" (64.29m). Adam Hume saved his best performance of the season for the biggest meet to date as he took fourth place in the pole vault. Hume cleared a season-best height of 16'07.50" (5.07m) to earn the highest finish in program history in the men's pole vault at the MAC Championships.
On the women's side, Megan Patterson was the lone Bull to compete on day one of the championships, as she placed 14th in the hammer throw. Patterson recorded a throw of 153'09.00" (46.87m).
In the 10,000-meter run, senior Zach Ahart earned one point for the Bulls as he took home eighth place in a season-best time of 30:40.12. Freshman Lloyd Webb finished in 13th place in a season-best time of 33:07.42.
"Tomorrow will get the rest of the team in action with the goal of advancing to finals," stated Mitchell.
Day two action of the MAC Championships at Ohio's Goldsberry Track & Field Complex will continued tomorrow, May 16 at 10:00 am.