STATE COLLEGE, PA - The UB men's and women's track and field teams continued competition at both Penn State and the Spire Midwest Invitational on Saturday. For the second-straight day UB had an athlete break a school record at Penn State. This time Brian Crimmins broke his own school record of 4:08.23 in the mile run. On Saturday he ran the mile in 4:07.74 and finished ninth in the one mile invite event.
The Bulls found success in the throwing events as well. Ryan Cribbin finished fourth overall and second amongst collegiate athletes with his attempt of 18.20m (59-08.50), while Devon Patterson placed fifth with a throw of 17.86m (58-07.25).
Jonathan Jones, current volunteer assistant coach for throws and Buffalo's first individual national champion, participated as an unattached athlete and won the event with his personal-best indoor attempt of 20.82m (68-03.75).
Craig Kaiser finished second in the one mile run with a time of 4:15.03, while John McCarthy placed 15th in the same event. Mitchell Moore finished fourth place in the 400m dash with a season-best time of 48.82. Melinda Wheeler ran the 1,000 meter run in a season-best time of 2:56.72 to place fifth overall.
At the Spire Midwest Invite Sabrina Bush and Nikari Carota finished first and third, respectively, in the 60 meter hurdles with times of 8.96 and 9.15 in the finals. JerMichael Bunch, Christian Doherty, and Anthony Clark qualified for the 60 meter hurdles with their respective top-five finishes in the preliminaries. In the finals Doherty finished fourth with a time of 8.23, while Bunch ran the event in 8.28 to finish fifth.
In the 60 meter dash Allison Mazur finished second overall and was the top collegiate runner with a time of 7.78 in the finals. Amy Villarini placed fourth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.42. Lauren Jenney won the 600 meter run with a time of 1:39.59 and Brianna Colello finished fourth in the event as well by running the event in 1:40.60. Andrew Berge ran the 3,000 meter run in 8:42.70 to place fifth overall.
The Bulls also found success in the field with Taylor Woods earning a fourth-place finish in the shot put. Her attempt of 15.24m (50-0.00) is a season-best distance. Doherty placed fourth in the long jump with his best attempt of 6.66m (21-10.25).
Buffalo is back in action when they head to Akron for the Akron Invite on February 5-6. This meet will allow the Bulls to get a feel for the venue that will host the indoor track and field MAC Championships from February 26-27.