KENT, OH – The University at Buffalo track and field team completed the first day of action at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Kent State University on Friday. After day one, the men's team sits in fourth place and the women's team is in ninth place as the teams were led by throwers Sam Wray and Jess Dhaliwall who both had podium finishes for the Bulls.
Wray hit a personal record in the men's weight throw event, hauling the weight to 19.65m, besting the third place finisher from Central Michigan by .05m. With the throw, Wray crushed his former personal best of 18.74 set this year at the Akron Invitational.
In the women's weight throw, senior Jess Dhaliwall took home the bronze medal for buffalo as she had a toss of 19.92m, good for second place in the very competitive field of 20 throwers.
Anthony Clark collected a victory for Buffalo in the men's 60-meter hurdle event, winning the race with a personal best time 8.08 seconds, a time that qualifies him for the finals tomorrow. Clarks winning time bested his former personal best of 8.18 seconds set earlier this season at the Youngstown Ice Breaker.
Senior Crystal Henderson also had a good showing in the women's 60m high hurdles, placing sixth with a personal best time of 8.60 seconds, qualifying her for the final heat slated for tomorrow.
Also shining for Buffalo on the afternoon was junior Gyasi Morris, who raced to a lifetime best time of 48.97 seconds in the men's 400-meter race. The time qualifies Morris for tomorrow's 400m finals event.
In the pole vault event, Buffalo vaulter Hannah Roof leapt her way to a new personal best as the junior cleared the bar at a height of 12' 6.75", good for a sixth place finish.
In the second-to-last event of the day, redshirt-junior Caleb Covell collected the Bulls' third medal of the day, as the long distance runner claimed a bronze medal in the 5000m event, clocking in a time of 14:39.40, a new personal best.
The Bulls closed out the day with a third place finish in the men's distance medley relay, as the relay team of Covell, Atkins, Puskar and Hazlitt crossed the line with a time of 10:08.00, besting the fourth placed team by 22 seconds.
The Indoor championships resume tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.