AKRON, OHIO - UB's track and field teams got off to a great start at the first day of the indoor track and field MAC Championships hosted by Akron. The day was filled with many personal-best and season-best times for many UB athletes with many of them advacing into Saturday's finals sessions. Additionally, two school records fell in the women's 60 meter dash and the men's distance medley relay events.
Malayah White broke the school record in the 60 meter dash preliminaries with a time of 7.49. Her time was .02 faster than her previous school record in the event and also qualified her for the 60 meter dash finals on Saturday.
In the second to last track event of the day, UB's men's DMR team consisting of Craig Kaiser, Treyvon Mask, Tyler Scheving, and Brian Crimmins broke the school record with a time of 9:47.77 and finished second in the event.
Barrett Kemp and Andrew Berge finished fifth and sixth overall in the 5,000 meter run with times of 14:46.09 and 14:47.59, respectively. Amy Shaw impressed in the women's event with a third-place finish and a time of 16:32.70. Her run on Friday is the second-best time in the indoor 5,000 meter run in UB history. The only faster time is Shaw's 5,000 meter run school record. She was also one of three runners on Friday to break the MAC Championship record of 16:33.00 held by Toledo's Brianna Shook, which was set back in 2003.
The Bulls had at least one individual in each 60 meter hurdles event finish top-8 and move on into Saturday's finals. Christine Lyttle ran 8.61 to finish third overall, while Christian Doherty and JerMichael Bunch placed sixth and eighth with times of 8.20 and 8.22, respectively.
Camaria Long qualified for the 200 meter dash finals with a season-best time of 24.39. In the men's race Johnson pulled off a personal-best time of 22.71 to sneak into the finals in eighth overall. Johnson's time is the fastest he has run the event since his senior year in high school.
Corinne Birchard qualified for the women's 800 meter run with a time of 2:11.01. She was in the top-two spots in her heat and ran the third-fastest time across all preliminary heats.
Joshua Gali and Mitchell Moore qualified for the men's 400 meter dash finals with times of 47.67 and 49.06. Gali's time was a new personal best and was the fifth-fastest time in the event amongst all competitiors. Kyla Kenyon narrowly missed out on the 400 meter dash finals, but ran a personal-best time of 46.76 to finish 15th overall. She was less than a second slower than the last finals qualifying spot.
The success on the track was also seen in the field events. Mikayla Pearce jumped 5.79m (19-00) in the prelimins to qualify for finals. Her personal-best jump helped her earn seventh place overall. In the men's long jump Austin Ashby hit a season-best mark of 7.52m (24-08.25) to place third in finals. His best jump of the day game on his last jump after only having one other clean attempt through the event.
Megan Patterson threw a season-best distance of 18.10m (59-04.75) on her final throw of finals to earn a bronze medal in the weight throw. Daniel Normoyle impressed in the pole vault with a personal-best height cleared of 4.75m (15-07.00) and placed fourth overall.
After one day of action, the men's team sits in fifth with 21 points, while the women's team is in fourth with 16 points. The majority of the track finals sessions over the two days will occur on Saturday. On the men's side the difference between second and fifth is only four points. The women's side is seperated by only 22 points between second and sixth.
Day 2 of the indoor track and field MAC Championships resume starting with the heptathlon at 8:00am. The first non-multi track event begins with the men's mile at 1:30 pm, while the first non-multi field events are set to begin at 1:00 pm starting with the men's triple jump and shot put.
Women's team scores
1. Akron 38
2. Eastern Michigan 37
3. Kent State 34
4. Central Michigan / Buffalo 16
6. Northern Illinois 15
7. Ohio 13
8. Toledo 9
9. Miami 8
10. Bowling Green 6
11. Western Michigan 2
12. Ball State 1
Men's team scores
1. Eastern Michigan 54
2. Akron / Central Michigan 27
4. Kent State 25
5. Buffalo 21