WINSTON-SALEM, NC - UB men's and women's track and field teams opened their 2016 outdoor season on Friday at the Wake Forest Open. The first day of the two-day event was filled with many great individual performances, including personal-best times and qualifying for finals in multiple events.
Buffalo's first outdoor event of the season also featured another school record falling in 2016. This time Malayah White broke Tyra Forbes' 100 meter dash school record of 11.83 by running 11.75 in the 100 meter dash finals to place fourth overall. Earlier in the prelims White ran a the event in a time of 11.89. Forbes also made the finals session with a time of 11.98 and ran 12.02 in the finals to place eighth. On the men's side Darien Johnson ran to a fifth-place finish with a time of 10.57.
Camaria Long finished the 400 meter dash in 55.10 seconds to finish second overall. She was the top collegiate finisher in the event. Melinda Wheeler placed second in the women's 1,500 meter run invitational heat with a time of 4:28.77 as she beat out student-athletes from other MAC institutions. Craig Kaiser took fifth in the men's 1,500 meter run invitational heat with a time of 3:56.14.
Three individuals - Christine Lyttle, Sabrina Bush, and Selina Von Jackowski - all qualified for the 100 meter hurdles finals, while Asher Beasley barely missed out with a time of 14.63, which was .03 slower than the last finals participant. In the finals Lyttle ran a personal-best time of 13.86 to finish second, while Von Jackowski and Bush finished in seventh and eighth with times of 14.25 and 14.36, respectively. JerMichael Bunch placed qualified for the finals and placed sixth in the men's 110 meter hurdles by finishing in 14.53 seconds.
Crystal Henderson jumped 11.43m in the triple jump for a seventh-place finish. In the men's triple jump Austin Price placed third with a mark of 14.89m. Kaishaun Cathey also fared well in the event by finishing seventh with his best attempt of 14.05m. The Bulls had two individuals make the top-eight in the women's shot put. Megan Patterson and Joanna Hallisy took fourth and seventh with marks of 14.07m and 13.73m, respectively. Patterson added another top-five finish in the hammer throw with a launch of 52.68m to place fifth.
Craig Howard vaulted to a second-place finish with a mark of 5.09m in the men's pole vault. Ryan Cribbin hit two personal-best marks in the men's shot put. His best throw of the day came in at 18.82m and earned him first place. After training hard during the indoor season while not competiting in any events, Arnis Mehmetaj kicked off his outdoor season with a bang in the javelin throw. He launched the implement 59.14m to place fifth overall.
Morgan Mahoney won the women's 1,500 meter run B-Section heat with a time of 4:42.17, while Barrett Kemp and Timothy Whelan finished second and sixth with times of 3:58.43 and 4:02.41, respectively, in the men's B-section heat.
Buffalo will be back in action on Saturday as they resume competition at the Wake Forest Open. A full schedule for Saturday's events can be found here.