KENT, OH – The University at Buffalo track & field team competed in the final day of the 2019 MAC Indoor Championships Saturday, highlighted by Leon Atkins' crowing as a MAC champion following his victory in the 800m race. In all, the Bulls had six athletes claim podium finishes throughout the days competition.
Junior middle distance runner Leon Atkins highlighted a successful day of competition for the Bulls track & field program as the Auburn, NY, native was donned a gold medal and the tittle of MAC championship after crossing the line in a time of 1:49.48 in the 800m race. The time was a new personal best for Atkins, as the junior crossed the line nearly three seconds ahead of the second placed finisher from Eastern Michigan.
Finishing on his teammates heels in third place, claiming a bronze medal, was senior Justin Van Epps. Van Epps clocked in a time of 1:53.18 as the senior also finished with personal record best time.
In true championship form, Bulls senior jumper Crystal Henderson leaped her way to a third place finish and bronze medal with an impressive distance of 41-04.50, just .35m behind the first place mark. The mark set a new personal best for Henderson.
The first podium finish of the afternoon came when sophomore Brandon Burke cleared the bar at a height of 2.00m in the men's high jump event, finishing third behind two jumpers from Akron in the event and claiming a bronze medal.
Buffalo hurdler Anthony Clark also impressed for the Bulls, as the senior claimed a silver medal for the Bulls in the 60m high hurdles event. Clark shattered his former best mark of 8.18 seconds, set at the Youngstown Ice Breaker, as the senior sprinted his way to a second-place finish in a time of 8.08 seconds.
Buffalo's throwers continued the successes had earlier this weekend as senior leader Devon Patterson hauled the weight 17.27m in the men's shot put event, good for a second place finish and the Bulls' third silver medal of the competition.
In all, the Bulls placed nine individual athletes on the podium, and took home 10 medals; one gold, three silvers and six bronze.