FAYETTEVILLE, AR – University at Buffalo, State University of New York men's track & field junior Mike Morgan and senior Jonathan Jones each recorded First-Team All-America honors at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships Saturday at Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center. The pair each earned bronze, matching the highest finishes in program history across all events. They scored six points each to place the Bulls 15th with 12 points. It is the highest finish on the national stage in program history.
Morgan recorded 5,995 points to destroy his previous school record of 5,772 points set on Jan. 24 at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. He also set a new Mid-American Conference record with a performance that currently ranks 12th in the world. He trailed the first-place winner by 75 points and finished 129 points ahead of fourth place.
Jones became the first five-time All-American in program history with his highest finish in the shot to date. His heave of 20.59 meters came on his final throw of finals. He snapped his own school record of 20.06 meters to set a new MAC record in the event. Jones' heave fell 52 centimeters shy of the gold-medal toss. He earned a spot in finals with a 19.69 meters on his first attempt. Jones placed 13th indoor as a sophomore and 12th as a junior, while outdoors he finished fourth and 11th, respectively.
Returning to his second straight indoor championships, Morgan bettered his seventh-place finish of 5,766 points that also earned him First-Team All-America honors in 2014.
After tallying 3,372 points to sit second through four events on Friday, he opened day two of competition scoring 910 points with a finish of 8.29 in the 60-meter hurdles. Morgan added the fourth-best clear of the day with height of 4.85 meters in the pole vault. Sitting fourth and trailing first place by 108 points, Morgan raced to a 2:42.30 finish in the 1,000 run to earn bronze.
Friday, he recorded 840 points with a 7.12 finish in the 60 dash, 910 with a 7.40-meter jump in the long jump, 697 with a heave of 13.49 meters in the shot put, before closing out the day with a 2.13-meter clear in the high jump. His clear set a new personal record and was the best in the field of 14 competitors.
UB will next compete opening its outdoor season on Saturday, March 28 at the Cincinnati Oliver Nikoloff Invitational.