NEW ORLEANS, LA – The University at Buffalo, State University of New York men's indoor track & field team ranks 33rd in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Preseason Poll announced Tuesday. The Bulls' top returning performances from the 2013-14 indoor season tallied 28.39 points to earn UB its highest national ranking in program history.
Junior Ryan Billian recorded points for the Bulls in the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump, while senior Craig Howard and junior Mike Morgan did so in the heptathlon, senior Jonathan Jones collected points in the shot put and classmate Chris Reape in the high jump.
"The preseason ranking of 33rd in the country is a nice boost for the men's program," praises director and head coach Vicki Mitchell. "It recognizes that we have several top returning contenders on our team."
Jones, Morgan and Billian each tallied All-America accolades last season. Jones did so in the indoor and outdoor shot put. Morgan, who competed in the multi at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships, earned an indoor All-America nod in the heptathlon. Billian was an outdoor long jump All-American. Reape won the indoor high jump at the MAC Championships, while Howard placed fourth at the same meet with a season-best 5,365-point performance in the multi.
"Preseason rankings are nice, but we must now prove it on the track and the field with our performances. The team has been well, and our goals are set very high as we prepare for the MAC and the NCAA Championships."
Track & field competition will commence on Jan. 16 with the Bulls traveling to the Armory in New York City for the Gotham Cup.