Ithaca, NY - University at Buffalo, the State University of New York track and field season open their 2016 indoor season Friday at the Southern Tier Invite hosted by Cornell University. They started the new year and season on the right footing with strong performances. Overall, six individuals achieved automatic qualifying performance marks for the 2016 MAC indoor track and field championships, seven personal records, and 37 top-five finishes were accomplished amongst the UB men's and women's track and field teams.
Ryan Cribbin placed first in both the men's shot put and weight throw with attempts of 18.12m and 16.97m, respectively. His shot put distance is a new personal record. Sophomore Devon Patterson finished second in the shot put with a distance of 17.47m, which is his best mark in his time at UB. Both marks are well about the 16.86m qualifying mark for the 2016 indoor MAC Championships.
UB men's track and field team showed strong showings in the jumps as well. Laurent Dure placed third with a jump of 1.94m in the high jump. Kaishuan won the triple jump with a distance of 14.67m, while Austin Ashby's distance of 7.30m and Ryan Billian's mark of 6.93 were good for second and fourth, respectively. Both Dure and Ashby hit MAC standards to qualify for the 2016 indoor championships.
The women's track and field team also found success in the throwing and jumping events. Miranda Daucher hit a personal-best mark of 16.10m in the weight throw. Emma Siuciak finished in second with a mark of 5.65m in the long jump, while Mikayla Pearce and Tyra Forbes hit 5.95 for third and fourth place. Joanna Hallisy and Siuciak finished fourth and fifth in the shot put with marks of 12.56m and 11.79, respectively.
Malayah White hit the MAC qualifying standard in the 60 meter dash of 7.63 and finished second in the race. In the 200 meter dash, White ran 25.23 and placed sixth overall. Forbes and Allison Mazur placed in the top-five finishers with times of 7.78 and 7.90, which is a new personal-best time for Mazur. Rasheedah Bull wasn't far behind finishing in sixth place and hitting a time of 8.06.
Coming of strong cross country seasons, Chardae Henry ran the 1000 meter in 2:59.01, which was a personal-best time, while Amy Shaw finished the mile run in 5:01.58 and placed third. Buffalo's relay team of Camaria Long, Kyla Kenyon, Amy Villarini, and Asher Beasley placed second in the 4x400 meter relay and finished the event in 3:58.30.
Selina Von Jackowski, Christine Lyttle, and Beasley dominated in the 60 meter hurdles by placing and second, third, and fourth place. Von Jackowski's time of 8.81 led the way for the Bulls in the finals. However, Lyttle's time of 8.72 in the preliminaries was good enough to hit a qualifying mark for the MAC indoor championships.
Tyler Scheving won the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.77. Scheving also anchored the Bulls 4x400 meter relay team to a third-place finish. The relay team consisting of Mitchell Moore, Treyvon Mask, Darien Johnson, and Scheving clock a time of 3:25.01. Kyla Kenyon won the 500 meter dash in a time of 1:18.41, while Villarini, Brianna Colello, Jill Decker placed third through fifth, respectively.
Anthony Clark started his UB track career on a high note with a second-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. While only missing out on first place by .02 seconds, Clark and Harvard's Jay Herbert both finished the event at 8.24 seconds. Yet, when the times were expanded to a thousandth of second, Clark's time of 8.232 beat out Herbert by .008 of a second to earn second in the race.
The Bulls also came out strong in the 60 meter dash with Brian Cummiskey finishing in second with a time of 6.91, while Billian finished closely in third with a time of 6.95. Darien Johnson finished the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.74 and collected a second-place finish.
After recovering from an injury that forced Brian Crimmins to miss the end of the cross country season, Crimmins ran fast in the mile run in 4:18.30 to finish second and was almost four seconds faster than the third-place finisher.
The Bulls are next in action at the Great Dave Invite on January 16th.