Burke's Program Record Propels Bulls at Jim Thorpe Invitational

Burke's Program Record Propels Bulls at Jim Thorpe Invitational

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo track & field program closed out their regular season on Friday at the Jim Thorpe Invitational hosted by Penn State. The day was highlighted by sophomore Brandon Burke's record-breaking showing in the high jump event, clearing the bar at a height of 7'2.50" (2.20m), a new program record. The mark currently ranks Burke first in the MAC and 12th in the entire NCAA, the highest any UB student-athlete has been ranked since Bulls shot put specialist Jon Jones claimed a national championship for Buffalo.

Notable women's performances:

  • Freshman Antoinette Miller placed first in the 100m race, clocking in a time of 12.44.
  • Amy Villarini collected the win in the 200m event with a time of 24.86, a new personal best.
  • Freshman Samantha Shea won the 400m race, crossing the line with a time of 59.85.
  • Freshman Brianna Mckenzie tied a personal best mark in the hammer throw with a distance of 51.13m, good for a second place finish.
  • Sydney March crossed the line in first in the 800m event with a time of 2:18.03, nearly 10 seconds before the second placed finisher.

Notable men's performances:

  • Senior Devon Patterson placed second in the shot put event with a distance of 18.34m, ranking him first in the conference and #21 in the NCAA east region, qualifying him for the NCAA East Region Preliminaries slated for May 23 in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Patterson also placed fourth in the discus throw with a toss of 46.97m.
  • Caleb Nickens took home fourth place in the hammer throw event with a distance of 50.50m.
  • Freshman David Wolanin placed third in the 400m race, pacing himself to a time of 50.61, a new personal best time.

Up next for the Buffalo squad, the Bulls head to Bowling Green University to compete in the outdoor MAC Championships scheduled for May 9-11.