GENEVA, OH – The University at Buffalo, State University of New York men's and women's indoor track & field teams concluded weekend competition Saturday at the PSU National Meet and the SPIRE Midwest Open. In Ohio, the men placed first out of three Division I teams with 116.5 points, while the women placed second out of six with 133 points.
One school record was broken and six Mid-American Conference automatic qualifiers were met on day two of the meets.
In State College, PA, Melinda Wheeler clocked a 4:49.28 finish in the mile run to rewrite Jen Jezorski's 2006 school record of 4:50.20. She placed seventh in the event and hit the MAC qualifier while doing so. Amy Shaw raced to a time of 4:59.93 in the same event and Corinne Birchard finished in 5:15.16. Kelly Truppo cleared a MAC-qualifying height of 3.77 meters to place fourth in the pole vault. Taylor Bates finished seventh with a height of 3.62 meters.
The men competed in a trio of track events and the high jump at PSU. Chris Reape cleared 2.03 meters in the high to place sixth, while Laurent Dure' followed with a height of 1.98 meters. Tyler Scheving raced to a fourth-place finish of 2:25.48 in the 1,000-meter run. In the 3K, Cameron Bruce and Zach Ahart finished 8th and 9th, respectively, clocking in at 8:27.34 and 8:27.37. Timothy Whelan ran the 800 in 1:57.06.
The women's squad had 11 top-five finishes at the SPIRE Midwest Open. Kailyn Arcury hit a MAC AQ in the 60 hurdle prelims with a time of 8.69. She was the runner-up in the finals with an 8.82 finish and Christine Lyttle followed in third at 8.91.
The Bulls' 4x400 relay team ran the best time in a field of 22 teams with a 3:54.81 finish. Meghan Manley placed first out of 43 runners in the 800 run with a time of 2:13.10. Lauren Jenney placed fifth in 2:16.67. In the 400, Kyla Kenyon was the runner-up clocking in at 57.68 and Sara Flores finished fifth in 58.79. Tyra Forbes was third in the 60 dash crossing the finish line in 7.77.
McKenzie Kuehlewind placed second in the shot put and fourth in the weight. She had a 13.54-meter heave in the shot and a 15.73-meter toss in the weight. Joanna Hallisy also finished fourth in the shot with a mark of 13.01 meters.
The men's team met three MAC qualifiers and 13 top-five finishes in Ohio Saturday. Joshua Gali did so in the 400 with a runner-up time of 48.38. Mitchell Moore followed in fourth with a time of 49.43. Brian Cummiskey and Jalen Law ran third and fourth in the 200 with MAC-qualifying times of 21.57 and 21.65. Law added a bronze finish in the 60 dash of 7.01. Mitchell Fuller was on his heels to place fourth in 7.03.
Jake Wray was one hundredth of a second shy of the MAC AQ in the 60 hurdles. He placed third in 8.20, while Christian Doherty finished fifth in 8.48. Also on the track, Tom Meehan placed second out of 46 runners in the 800 with a time of 1:54.05. Cory McCarty finished fourth in the 600 with a 1:27.38 finish and the Bulls' 4x400 was second in 3:21.84.
The Bulls will return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7 at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State.