MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – The University at Buffalo, State University of New York men's and women's track & field teams competed Friday at the 2015 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships hosted by Central Michigan. Through four events, the men rank fifth in the standings with 13 points, while the women sit eighth through six events with 10 points. The Bulls advance 10 to Saturday's finals on the track.
The men earned gold in the distance medley relay, upending the second-place team by more than five seconds. UB junior Cameron Bruce, sophomore Treyvon Mask and juniors Tyler Scheving and Brian Crimmins teamed together to win the event in 10:04.47 to conclude all track events Friday evening.
Senior Kelly Truppo earned four points for the Bulls in the pole vault. She cleared 3.88 meters on her second attempt to secure fifth place.
Junior Austin Ashby placed fifth in the long jump on his first leap of the day with a mark of 7.10 meters and graduate student Zach Ahart raced to a sixth-place finish of 14:49.00 in the 5,000-meter run to tally a point.
Senior Craig Howard sits fourth in the heptathlon after four events with 2,882 points, just three shy of third. He clocked a 7.30 finish in the 60, had a mark of 6.70 meters in the long jump, threw the shot 12.37 meters and cleared 1.92 meters in the high jump. He will compete in the 60 hurdles, pole vault, and 1,000 run on Saturday.
Junior Camaria Long qualified for the finals in a pair of events. She won her 200 preliminary in 24.39, while placing second in the 60 with a time of 7.65.
Two Bulls advance to finals in the women's 60 hurdles, men's 60 and men's 800. Junior Kailyn Arcury and sophomore Christine Lyttle both placed second in their respective hurdle heats to earn a spot in Saturday's final. Arcury clocked an 8.72 finish and Lyttle finished in 8.77. Junior Brian Cummiskey and senior Darien Johnson move on to the 60 dash finals. Cummiskey won his prelim in 6.89, while Johnson was second in his heat in 6.92. Scheving, who holds the men's 800 school record, won his prelim heat in 1:54.75 and freshman Tom Meehan will advance on a 1:55.85 finish.
Senior Meghan Manley won her heat in the 800 with the second-fastest overall time to earn a trip to the finals. She clocked in at 2:14.48.
Jake Wray advances to finals of the 60 hurdles after finishing second in his heat in 8.09.
The top eight place in the women's events scoring 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point, respectively, while the top six place in the men's events with scoring of 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1. All 12 MAC schools sponsor women's T&F, though just five have men's.
Action will commence on Saturday with the heptathlon at 9:45 am.