UB Indoor T&F Teams Place 18 on Academic All-MAC Squads

UB Indoor T&F Teams Place 18 on Academic All-MAC Squads

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo, State University of New York men's and women's indoor track & field teams placed 18 on the 2015 Academic All-Mid-American Conference list announced Friday.

Graduate student Zach Ahart, seniors Matt Killian, Austin Price and Chris Reape, junior Brian Cummiskey and sophomores Barrett Kemp and Lloyd Webb tallied honors for the men.

For the women seniors Emma Siuciak and Kelly Truppo were honored, as well as junior Taylor Bates and sophomores Corinne Birchard, Isabella Borini, Caroline Brown, Tyra Forbes, Bailey Kemp, Christine Lyttle, Elizabeth Mansfield and Melinda Wheeler.

At the MAC Indoor Championships, Ahart placed sixth in the 5,000-meter run in 14:49.00. Wheeler and Birchard raced on the Bulls' third-place distance medley relay that finished in 11:51.43, while Wheeler also set school records during the indoor season in the 1,000 with a time of 2:51.61 and in the mile run in 4:49.28. Siuciak cleared 1.73 meters to place fourth at the conference meet in the high jump. She also broke the school record in the event indoors with a height of 1.78 meters. Truppo cleared 3.88 meters in the pole vault at MACs to place fifth and Lyttle ran to a 60-hurdle finish of 8.71 to finish sixth.

This indoor season, the men recorded their third straight fourth-place finish at the MAC Indoor Championships with 73 points, while the women placed fifth with 50 points. The Bulls had two earn First-Team All-America accolades at the NCAA Indoor T&F Championships with Jonathan Jones placing third in the shot put and Mike Morgan earning bronze in the heptathlon.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for student-athletes who have excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.