Bulls Thrash School Records Friday at MAC Championships

Bulls Thrash School Records Friday at MAC Championships


MUNCIE, IN – The University at Buffalo, State University of New York men's and women's track & field teams hit four school records and dominated the men's shot put standings Friday at day two of the 2015 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships hosted by Ball State.

The women sit ninth through eight events with 11.5 points, while the men rank fourth through seven events, just one point shy of third, with 32 points.

The men brought in 24 points in the shot put alone. Jonathan Jones broke the 1978 MAC Championship meet record and snapped the 1986 facility record in the event with a 20.33-meter toss on his final attempt. Devon Patterson was the runner-up with a mark of 18.15 meters and Ryan Cribbin added an 18.10-meter toss to earn bronze. Both Patterson and Cribbin tallied personal-best marks on their final throws of finals.

The men and women both have eight advancing to Saturday's track finals.

Tyra Forbes snapped Jamiee McClary's 2012 record of 11.84 in the 100-meter dash with an 11.83 finish in the preliminaries, while Camaria Long rewrote her own record of 23.63 from April with the top 200 prelims finish of 23.58.

Ryan Billian hit a pair of school records, breaking one and matching another. With the top prelim times in both the 100 and 200 sprints, he tallied finishes of 10.35 and 21.09, respectively. His 100 time broke Miles Lewis' 10.37 finish from 2013, while his 21.09 200 matched Brian Smith's 2010 record.

The women brought in six points Friday with Emma Siuciak resuming heptathlon competition. She tallied 5,271 points to place third in the event. Siuciak had a 5.56-meter leap in the long jump, a 31.80-meter toss in the javelin and finished the day clocking a 2:25.63 800 run.

Two placed for the Bulls in the men's long jump. Billian finished seventh with a leap of 7.29 meters, while Austin Ashby tallied eighth with a mark of 7.25 meters.

Also earning eighth, Derek Palafox clocked a 9:42.45 finish in the 3,000 steeplechase for UB.

The Bulls will see two advance in the 100 hurdles and 800 run. Kailyn Arcury recorded a 13.87 finish in the hurdles, while Christine Lyttle added a time of 14.15. Meghan Manley and Corinne Birchard secured places in the 800 finals with prelim times of 2:13.48 and 2:14.32.

Regine Lazard advances to the 400 hurdles finals with a 1:01.18 prelim performance and Melinda Wheeler does so in the 1,500 run with a 4:38.29 finish Friday.

The men have a pair advancing in the 800 run and the high hurdles. Tyler Scheving and Brian Crimmins will compete in the 800 after clocking prelim times of 1:54.31 and 1:54.39. In the 110 hurdles, Mike Morgan earned a spot with a time of 14.66 as did Jake Wray with a time of 15.11.

Mitchell Moore tallied a 53.64 finish in the 400 hurdles to advance to the finals. Joshua Gali raced to a 47.66 400 to secure his spot in Saturday's finals.

The championships will conclude on Saturday with field events beginning at 10:30 am and the track going live at 1 pm.