Buffalo Opens Up Indoor Season at Youngstown Icebreaker


Youngstown, OH – The University at Buffalo indoor track and field team opened their 2018-19 season at the Youngstown Icebreaker hosted by Youngstown State on Friday with the Bulls collected two victories on the day in the 3000m and weight throw events.

Junior distance runner Caleb Covell continued his momentum from the cross country season, which saw him claim two MAC Runner of The Week honors, as he claimed victory in the men's 3000m event with a finishing time of 8:34.54 in a field of 21 runners. The Bulls dominated the event, claiming the top four spots with sophomore Christopher Nowak placing second, sophomore Patrick Hazlitt coming in third and Leon Atkins finishing fourth in the event. The Bulls' sweep in the event has the runners ranked one through four respectively in the MAC in that event.

 This was Covell's first time competing since earning USTFCCCA All-Northeast Regional honors in cross country as he finished in the top 25 out of a very competitive field of 241 runners at the NCAA Northeast Regionals.

Junior long distance runner Rachel Barich also had a nice showing for Buffalo, as she placed third for the Bulls in the women's 3000m event with a time of 10:18.07.

In the men's weight throw event, Buffalo would collect a second individual victory on the afternoon as sophomore Sam Wray hurled the ball an impressive 18.34m, beating the next closest competitor by 1.35m and currently ranking him third in the MAC.

Sophomore Asia Hoyte had a strong showing for the Bulls on the day as she set two personal bests. In the weight throw event, Hoyte had a toss of 16.57m, a career-best that earned her a third place finish. She also set her career-best in the shot put event with a toss of 11.41m.

In the men's shot put, junior Devon Koepp would set a career-best toss with a haul of 14.88m, earning him the eight place spot in the field of 18 throwers. The trow currently ranks for second best in the MAC.

In the women's pole vault, junior jumper Hannah Roof racked up a leap of 3.72 meters, tying her for the second place spot in the event. The mark is a personal best and ranks her third in the MAC.

In the men's high jump, sophomore Brandon Burke had a leap of 2.05, a MAC qulifying score that placed him fourth in the event.

Junior sprinter Anthony Clark had a top three finish in the 60m hurtles event, placing third in the event with a time of 8.18. The time marked a career-best in the event for the junior from Rochester, NY.

Junior Sprinter Gyasi Morris achieved a personal best in the 400m event, finishing with a time of 49.68, a personal best for the runner that ranks number one in the MAC to this point.

In the women's 400m event, Amy Villarini clocked in a time of 56.68, good for a fourth place finish and the time currently ranks fourth in the MAC.

In the Women's 4x400 meter relay, the Bulls team of freshman Kiaya Franklin, junior Sydney March, freshman Katriel Perrier and senior Amy Villarini clocked in a time of 3:57.37, collecting a second place finish.

The Bulls will return to action for the Michigan invite in Ann Arbor, MI, on January 11.