JACKSONVILLE, FLA - The University at Buffalo track and field teams finished action at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls had five athletes compete in four different events throughout day but none were able to advance to the NCAA Championships.
The Bulls 4x100m relay quartet of Miles Lewis, Ryan Billian, Jalen Law and Darien Johnson had a strong afternoon as they set a new school record as they finished in 15th place in 39.88 seconds, missing out on qualifying for the NCAA's by .18 seconds. The quartet also recorded the best time in the MAC so far this season.
The Bulls had a pair of women compete in the shot put event on Saturday but neither Megan Patterson or Rachel Roberts recorded a top 12 finish to advance on to the Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Roberts wrapped up her Buffalo career with a 24th place finish with a throw that traveled 50'11.50" (15.53m) while Patterson came in 42nd place with a throw of 45'10.75 (13.99m).
On the men's side, Craig Howard took home 26th place in the pole vault as he cleared a height of 16'05.50" (5.02m). John Strickland took home 41st place in the high jump as he cleared 6'06.75" (2.00m).
UB closed out the preliminaries with three athletes, Jonathan Jones (Shot put), Mike Morgan (Decathlon), Billian (Long Jump), qualifying for the NCAA Championships which will be held in Eugene, Oregon on June 11-14.