MUNCIE, IN – The University at Buffalo, State University of New York men's and women's track & field teams will compete Thursday through Saturday at the 2015 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships hosted by Ball State. In addition to vying for MAC titles, the teams will attempt to improve their times and marks on the national lists during this final weekend of eligible competition.
The women placed fourth out of 12 teams in 2014, compiling 87.5 points. Five earned first-team recognition with Malayah White and Camaria Long returning this year. Emma Siuciak, who also returns this season, was a second-team selection. UB tallied a program-best finish of 109.50 points in 2013 to place third. The 2014 fourth-place finish was UB's second-finest performance for both finish and points scored.
Setting a trio of outdoor school records this season, UB tops the league performance list in a pair events. Long has a MAC-best time of 23.63 in the 200-meter dash and Meghan Manley leads the conference clocking a 2:06.76 finish in the 800 run. Siuciak sits third in the heptathlon with 5,194 points and fourth in the high jump with a 1.77-meter clear.
The men placed fourth out of 12 squads with 138 points last season. UB's Mike Morgan was named Most Outstanding Field Performer and was joined by Jonathan Jones and Jacob Sunday on the first team. Ryan Billian and Evan Palmer tallied second-team nods. The fourth-place finish matched the best in program history after finishing fourth in 2010 and 2011, while the 138 points set a school record by edging the Bulls' 2010 total of 136.
The Bulls, who also set three outdoor school records this spring, top the MAC performance list in two events and rank second in five others. Jonathan Jones has a MAC-leading toss of 20.70 meters in the shot put and Mike Morgan has the top clear in the high jump of 2.09 meters. Sitting second is Morgan in the decathlon (7,538 pts), Devon Patterson in the shot put (17.75m), Austin Price in the triple jump (15.16m), Billian in the 110 hurdles (14.07) and Brian Crimmins in the 800 run (1:48.71).
The championships will commence at 10 am Thursday.