TOLEDO, OH – The University at Buffalo track and field team opened up competition at the 2016 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track And Field Championships on Thursday at Toledo. The Bulls had five athletes in action on Thursday on the first day of the three-day conference championship event.
After the first day of competition, the UB men's team sits in fourth place with six team points. The Bulls are trailing Eastern Michigan (22 points), Central Michigan (18 points) and Akron (16 points).
The Bulls best result of the day came on the men's side in the javelin as junior Arnis Mehmetaj collected a huge season-long throw of 62.75m (205-10.75) en route to a third place finish in the event. Mehmetaj's throw helped earn the Bulls six team points.
The Bulls had three competitors in the first event of the day, the hammer throw, led by junior Megan Patterson who finished in 11th place with a throw of 50.45m (165-05.75). Sophomore McKenzie Kuehlewind collected a 17th place finish with a throw of 48.17m (158-00.25) while senior Taylor Woods wrapped up her UB career with a throw of 47.02m (154-02.50).
Freshman decathlete Kyle Pierre started off his day with a third place finish in his heat in the 100m dash with a season-best time of 11.75 seconds. In the second event of the afternoon, Pierre came in ninth place in the long jump with a season-best leap of 5.71m (18-09.00). Pierre earned a season-best throw of 10.16m (33-04.00) in the shot put before taking a seventh place finish in the high jump, clearing a season-best height of 1.75m (5-08.75), and an eighth place finish in the 400m run in a time of 56.80 seconds. Pierre sits in ninth place heading into the final five events of the decathlon on Friday.
The final race of the day, the women's 10,000m run, was cut short by lightening after just six laps and will be postponed to tomorrow morning at 8:30 am. The men's 10,000m run will follow immediately after the completion of the women's race tomorrow morning.
Saturday's events will kick off at 8:30 am with the 10,000m races followed by the men's decathlon which will start with the 110m hurdles at 10:00 am.