BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo's track and field team is traveling to Akron, OH this upcoming weekend for the Akron Invite. The Bulls are coming off two successful competitions as half of the team traveled to University Park, PA for the Penn State Nationals, and the other half traveled to Geneva, OH for the Spire Mid-West Invitational this past weekend. Both the men and women have been regionally ranked sixth in the most recent regional rankings; with several athletes ranking individually in the Northeast Region.
This past weekend the Bulls performed well at the Penn State Nationals. Amy Villarini, Selina Von Jackowski, and the 4X400 Relay team of Treyvon Mask, Mitchell Moore, Ryan Billian, and Joshua Gali all placed first in their respective events. Von Jackowski kicked off the weekend placing first in the long jump, while also running the fourth fastest time in the competition in the 60HH, ranking fourth in the Mid-American Conference and seventh in the Northeast Region. Von Jackowski's long jump distance helped to rank her second in the Northeast Region as well. Villarini recorded a new personal record in the 400m, taking first place.
Amy Villarini is also a member of the regionally ranked Distance Medley team. Melinda Wheeler, Corinne Birchard, and Stephanie Ward are joining her in that ranking; the group is ranked seventh regionally. Treyvon Mask and Ryan Billian each have regionally rankings as well. Mask, and his teammates John McCarthy, Justin Van Epps, and Craig Kaiser, are ranked seventh regionally in the Distance Medley. Billian holds two regional rankings – eighth in the 60m dash and third in the 60H. Also holding multiple regional rankings is Joshua Gali. Gali is ranked second and third, respectively, in the 200m and 400m.
Ryan Cribbin is the lone Bull to have a first place regional ranking. After an amazing performance at the Penn State Nationals, Cribbin found himself ranked first in the shot put, directly ahead of teammate Devon Patterson. The Bulls have multiple athletes that are ranked second regionally in their events. Jenn Thill takes it in the pole vault, Jess Dhaliwall in the weight throw, and Kaishaun Cathey in the triple jump. Cathey's distance in the triple jump is also 29th in the nation. Miranda Daucher is currently regionally ranked third in the weight throw for women; while Emma Siuciak is currently ranked fourth in the long jump. Joanna Hallisy and Megan Patterson are each regionally ranked in the shot put. Hallisy comes in at sixth, while M. Patterson comes in at eighth. Laurent Dure ranks eighth regionally in the high jump for the men.
Last year, the Bulls had a great performance at the Akron Invitational. Devon Patterson and Ryan Cribbin performed well in the shout put placing first and third, respectively. Corinne Birchard and Christine Lyttle each took second in their respective events, the 800m and 60H.
The Bulls are hoping to have a similar performance this upcoming weekend, and, as usual, are always looking to improve meet by meet.