RICHMOND, VA – The University at Buffalo track and field team had an impressive performance on the first day of the first meet of the outdoor season. The Bulls had five first place finishes in field events and three first place finishes in track events.
The field athletes had outstanding performances in their respective events. Miranda Daucher started off the Bulls' successes with a second place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 53.34m, a new personal best. That success only continued as Devon Patterson and Joanna Hallisy took first for the men's and women's shot put. Patterson threw for a new meet record of 17.97m, while Hallisy threw for a distance of 13.87m. The Bulls' took first in the next three events: men's pole vault and triple jump and women's high jump. Daniel Normoyle was able to clear a height of 4.71m on the pole vault for first. Kaishaun Cathey proved to be an impressive force in the men's triple jump. After breaking the indoor record earlier this season, Cathey jumped to a first place finish at the event with a distance of 14.23m. The women's high jump saw three Top-Three finishes. Junior transfer Martine Bye tied for first after clearing 1.65m. Not far behind were Samantha Hjelmar and Nina Zesky. Both were able to clear a height of 1.60m and tie for third place. Jennifer Thill also tied for first place in the women's pole vault with a height of 3.65m.
The Bulls placed first in three different track events: men's and women's 3000m steeplechase and 1500m. Freshman Sylvia Russell clocked in at 11:10.28 in the steeplechase to place first, while John McCarthy placed first with a time of 9:27.70. Laura Libruk and Matthew Mercer both placed in the Top-Three in the steeplechase. Libruk clocked in at 11:48.64 for third, and Mercer clocked in at 9:37.94 for second. Barrett Kemp also took home a first place finish. The senior clocked in at 3:54.77 in the 1500m to beat out the competition, and clocking in a new personal best.
Full list of results can be found here.