TOLEDO, OH – Junior Ryan Cribbin claimed his first career Mid-American Conference outdoor title in the shot put to highlight day two at the MAC Championships for the University at Buffalo track and field team. Continuing the tradition of being one of the best throw schools in the country, Cribbin gave the Bulls their seventh straight outdoor shot put MAC Champion and since 2009 UB has won 14 of 16 MAC shot put titles between indoor and outdoor.
Cribbin won the event with a toss of 18.17m, over a half meter better than the second place competitor.
On the track on Friday, the Bulls had two sprinters qualify for the 100m finals that will take place on Saturday as Darien Johnson and Malayah White finished off the preliminary round with fourth and fifth place finishes respectively. Johnson raced to a fourth place finish, and second place in his heat, in 10.60 seconds while White took home fifth in 11.99 seconds.
Also in the 100m dash, Freshman Alex Siracuse collected a 12th place finish in a career-best time of 10.90 seconds while Mitchell Fuller earned 13th place in a season-best time of 10.92 seconds. On the women's side in the 100m dash, Tyra Forbes collected a 10th place finish in 12.12 seconds while Mikayla Perace finished 16th in a season-best time of 12.37 seconds.
Junior Joshua Gali had a personal-best run of 47.70 seconds in the 400m run to qualify for the finals in the event on Saturday as he took home a fourth place finish in the preliminary round. Junior Christine Lyttle just missed a qualifying mark in the 100m hurdles event as she finished in 10th place with a time of 14.38 seconds.
Sophomore Mitchell Moore had a strong showing in the 400m hurdles prelims as he was able to qualify for the finals with a fourth place finish in 53.84 seconds. In the men's 800m run, Craig Kaiser qualified for Saturday's final as he earned fifth place in 1:51.62.
The Bulls had a pair of runners qualify for the finals in the 200m dash as senior Camaria Long didn't want her UB career to come to an end on Friday afternoon as she earned an eighth place finish, the final qualifying spot, in 24.38 seconds to advance to Saturday's final in the event. Johnson, followed up his qualification in the men's 100m final with a spot in the 200m final as he took seventh place in the event to move onto Saturday, finishing in a season-best time of 21.71 seconds.
In the long jump, junior Mikayla Pearce had a great leap of 6.07m to earn a third place finish and six team points for the Bulls while senior Asher Beasley closed out her UB career with a 14th place finish in the event with a jump of 5.58m.
Junior thrower Megan Patterson led the Bulls in the shot put on Friday as she was able to collect a seventh place finish in the event with a season-best heave of 15.09m (49-05.25), earning two team points for UB. Sophomore Joanna Hallisy finished in 12th place with a long throw of 13.53m (44-04.75).
Justin Van Epps gave the Bulls a team point with a sixth place finish in the men's 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:25.83, while John McCarthy finished eighth in the race and Dustin Palafox had a 10th place finish. On the women's side, Laura Libruk finished in a time of 11:49.0.
In the men's long jump, Austin Ashby finished with a sixth place finish after a jump of 7.33m, adding another point to UB's team score.
In the 10,000m run, an event that was postponed on Thursday night due to lightning, Sophomore Barrett Kemp had a strong showing for the Bulls as he was able to collect a sixth place finish in 31:35.90, earning UB one team point. On the women's side, the Bulls were led by junior Meagan Hopkins who finished in 11th place in 37:08.15 and Morgan Mahoney who collected a 13th place finish in 37:31.44.
Freshman Kyle Pierre finished off the final five events of the decathlon on Friday afternoon and collected a ninth place finish. Pierre placed eighth in the 110m hurdles, pole vault and 1,500m run with season best marks of 16.40 seconds, 3.30m and 5:06.78, respectively. Pierre finished off his first MAC Championship with 5,196 points.
In the team scoring, the men are tied for fifth place right now, but are just three point shy of third. The women's team is currently in 10th place.
The MAC Championships conclude on Saturday with field events beginning at 10:00 am.