BUFFALO, NY – After a strong performance at the Spire D-1 Invitational that included three school records being broken, the University at Buffalo men's track and field team have jumped from fifth to second in the Northeast regional rankings. The women remain ranked third in the region behind Harvard and Syracuse.
This ranking for the men comes after Barrett Kemp and Joshua Gali broke two teenage records. Kemp's performance in the men's 5000m crushed one of the oldest school records in program history. Former Bull, Jerimie Slick, previously set the record for the 5000m back in 2003 and is Buffalo's only new era D-1 NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifier. Kemp's time of 14:20.25 crushed the previous record and beat his own personal best by 18 seconds. His time was a MAC Auto-qualifier and currently ranks him third in the conference.
Joshua Gali added on to his slew of records, after breaking the 200m just the week before. Gali broke one individual record, and was a member of the 4X400m record-breaking team this past weekend. Gali clocked in at 46.92 in the 400m to break the old school record that had been standing since 2001. His time placed him fourth at the competition. His time also ranks him first in the Mid-American Conference, first in the Northeast Region, and 31st in the country in the event. Gali was also a member of the 4X400m team that broke the school record set back in 2009. Gyasi Morris, Gali, Craig Kaiser, and Mitchell Moore were able to complete the race in 3:10.62. This time currently ranks them first in the MAC and second in the Northeast Region.
This ranking for the men ties their highest ranking in program hisotry. And is the highest combined rankings with both teams in program history.
The women's success this weekend did not go unnoticed, as they gained nearly ten points in the rankings and landed in front of Connecticut, Columbia, and Brown. The women are currently less than three points behind Syracuse in the regional rankings. Third place is the highest regional ranking in program history for the women.