BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo track and field team will look to close out the season on a high note as they are set to travel to Ball State University in Muncie, IN for the 2019 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Championships are slated to begin on Thursday, concluding on Saturday (May 9-11).
Returning to the Outdoor MAC Championships is junior Leon Atkins. Atkins had an impressive showing this season at the Indoor Championships, claiming gold and a first place finish in the finals as he paced himself to the win in a personal-best time of 1:49.48. Atkins will look to improve on his third place finish at last year's Outdoor Championships, where he crossed the line with a time of 1:52.99, taking home the bronze medal for Buffalo.
Also looking to make an impact this weekend is sophomore Brandon Burke who is coming off of a record-breaking weekend for Buffalo in which the high jumper leapt over the bar at a height of 7'2.50" (2.20m), a new program record. The mark, a new career-best for the sophomore, currently ranks him first in the MAC and 12th in the entire NCAA, the highest any UB student-athlete has been ranked since Bulls shot put specialist Jon Jones claimed a national championship for Buffalo during the 2015 outdoor season.
Also look for senior Anthony Clark to compete for the MAC Championship in the 110HH race. Clark, who is coming off of a silver medal performance at the 2019 Indoor Championships, will look to improve on his performance from last season's Outdoor Championship in which the hurdler took home eighth place.
On the women's side, senior Amy Villarini will look to end her UB career with a splash as she is set to compete in the 400m race. Villarini, whose personal best time of 55.82 set just two weeks ago at the Larry Ellis Invitational, currently ranks 10th in the MAC in the event.
Another competitor on the women's side looking to make an impact is senior Crystal Henderson, who currently ranks fifth in the conference in the triple jump event as Henderson leapt to a distance of 12.31m while competing at the Florida relays earlier this season. Henderson will look to build on her impressive third place finish at this year's Indoor Championships in which she leapt to a personal-best distance of 12.61m, taking home the bronze medal.
- For live results throughout the entirety of competition, please click here.
- There will be a live stream available for each day of competition provided by Ball State athletics via their YouTube page. You can access the streams here.
Up next for the Bulls, qualifying athletes will compete in the NCAA East Region Preliminaries, slated for May 23 in Jacksonville, Fla.