ATHENS, OH – The University at Buffalo claimed three more titles on Saturday as the Mid-American Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Ohio's Goldberry Track & Field Complex.
"Today's team performances were truly oustanding," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "The women taking first place in both relays really put an exclamation point to an amazing group of seniors. Everyone came out and competed at their best level and our coaching staff did an excellent job at preparing the team. Still a lot of track and field left this season as we will now head to the NCAA East Preliminaries."
Senior Donna Jeanty was the star of the day for the Bulls as she was able to collect three MAC crowns on the final day. Jeanty was a part of two relay winning teams in the 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay. The 4x100-meter relay quartet of Jeanty, Malayah White, Camaria Long and Crystal Graham set a school record in the event as they finished in 45.29 seconds to earn the win while the 4x400-meter relay team of Jeanty, Asia Henry, Graham and Long were impressive, finishing in 3:40.14.
Jeanty picked up her lone individual MAC crown of the afternoon in the 400-meter hurdles event. She was very impressive as she finished in 58.35 seconds, her second best time of the season, while fellow Bull Regine Lazard took home sixth place with a career-best time of 1:01.10.
On the track, Ryan Billian had the highest finish for any UB male as he took home second place in the 110-meter hurdles event in 14.08 seconds. Fellow Bull Jake Wray collected a fifth place finish in the same event in a season-best time of 14.64 seconds. In the premier event, the 100-meter dash, Miles Lewis collected six points for UB with a third place finish in 10.61 seconds while Jalen Law came in sixth in 10.85 seconds.
In the 200-meter dash, Lewis and Billian came in fifth and sixth place respectively. Lewis finished in 21.40 seconds while Billian set a season-best time of 21.45 seconds. Tyler Scheving continued to run well in the 800-meter run as he took fifth place in 1:50.59, earning four points.
On the women's side, Long shattered the UB program record in the 200-meter dash as she finished in second place in 23.74 seconds. Henry also collected a second place finish in the 800-meter run as she finished in a season-best time of 2:07.42 while Meghan Manley was close behind in fifth place in 2:11.07. Graham finished in fifth place in the 400-meter run in 56.04 seconds, collecting four points.
The 4x100-meter relay quartet of Lewis, Darien Johnson, Law and Billian ran a great race on Saturday as they were able to collect a third place finish in 40.31 seconds, .02 seconds off of their school record time set earlier this season. In the 1,500-meter run, Brian Crimmins took home fourth place and collected five points for UB, finishing in 4:04.23.
On the field, John Strickland had a strong showing in the high jump for UB as he took home third place as he cleared a career-best height of 6'10.75" (2.10m) while Chris Reape was close behind in fourth place clearing a height of 6'08.75" (2.05m). A pair of Bulls also collected top-five finishes in the discus as Evan Palmer led the way with a fourth place finish with a season-best throw of 181'10.00" (55.43m). Coming in fifth place was the shot put champion, Jonathan Jones, who recorded a career-best throw of 176'05.00" (53.77m). Austin Price recorded a fourth place finish in the triple jump event as he had a long leap of 48'11.00" (14.91m).
On the women's side, a trio of pole vaulter's finished inside the top-10 for UB as Kelly Truppo led the way with a fourth place finish. Truppo cleared a height of 12'06.75" (3.83m) while Taylor Bates and Jen Thill tied for 10th place, clearing a height of 12'00.75" (3.68m). Emma Siuciak had an impressive showing in the high jump, finishing in fourth place, clearing a height of 5'09.25" (1.76m).
The UB women scored a fourth-place showing among the 12 MAC schools. The Bulls scored a three-day total of 87.50 points. UB's men took fourth among six teams at 138 points, improving on their finish from last season by one place. Kent State's women (132) and Eastern Michigan's men (198.50) took home the team titles.
Following the meet, the league announced its All-MAC selections and award winners. Sophomore Mike Morgan stole the show for the Bulls as he was named Most Outstanding Field Performer following his record-setting performance in the decathlon en route to his first MAC crown on Friday.
Men's First Team All-MAC: Jacob Sunday, Mike Morgan, Jonathan Jones
Men's Second Team All-MAC: Ryan Billian, Evan Palmer
Women's First Team All-MAC: Donna Jeanty, Camaria Long, Malayah White, Asia Henry, Crystal Graham
Women's Second Team All-MAC: Emma Siuciak
Women's Final Team Scores: Kent State 132, Akron 127, Eastern Michigan 100.50, BUFFALO 87.50, Western Michigan 70, Central Michigan 63, Bowling Green 60, Miami (OH) 57, Northern Illinois 42, Ohio 41, Toledo 37, Ball State 1
Men's Final Team Scores: Eastern Michigan 198.50, Akron 180.50, Kent State 157, BUFFALO 138, Central Michigan 70, Miami (OH) 69