EUGENE, OR - For the second straight day, the University at Buffalo track and field team had a member of their squad earn All-American accolades at the NCAA Championships which were held at the historic Hayward field on the campus of Oregon University. Sophomore Ryan Billian was impressive in his NCAA debut, finishing in 13th place overall in the long jump.
Wrapping up his first full season competing in the long jump, Billian continued to impress on Thursday in his first NCAA Championship appearance. Following his school record leap at the NCAA East prelims, Billian continued his late season success for the blue and white. The Levittown, NY native recorded a long leap of 24'00.25" (7.32m) en route to a 13th place finish, which earned him second team All-American honors for the first time in his young Buffalo career.
Billian became just the second Bull in program history, Roy Richards (2006), to compete in the long jump at the NCAA Championships and just the first to earn All-American status.
Georgia sophomore Maicel Uibo outlasted the field in the decathlon on Thursday to claim the national title in the hardest event of the championship. UB sophomore Mike Morgan, who ranked seventh in the event prior to the Championship, was unable to compete once again on day two following a foot injury he suffered after the first race of the 10 race event. Morgan's successful sophomore campaign was highlighted by a school and MAC record of 7,966 points in the decathlon.
The two All-Americans for the Championships, Jonathan Jones (Shot Put) and Billian (Long Jump), ties a school record for most All-American's in a season. Two male All-American's sets a program record for the Bulls.