BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams collected four medals, and 12 podium finishes, on the final day of competition at the 2019 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Briner Sports Complex in Muncie, Ind. on Saturday. One of the highlights of the day was Bulls sophomore Brandon Burke claiming the MAC Championship in the high jump event, clearing the bar at a height of 2.15m, his second-highest mark this season. Burke becomes just the second student-athlete in UB history to claim the gold medal in the high jump event.
Bulls thrower Sam Wray collected another medal for Buffalo on the afternoon, placing second and taking home the silver medal in the discus throw event with a distance of 50.48m, almost three-meters ahead of the third place finisher from Eastern Michigan. Senior Devon Patterson, fresh off of his MAC Championship win in the shot put event, collected seventh in the event with a distance of 46.26m.
Also collecting a silver medal on the afternoon was senior triple jumper Crystal Henderson. Henderson leapt to a distance of 12.33m, just .09m behind the winner from Northern Illinois. Her mark was her second-best of the season, just behind her career-best performance of 12.61m set this year at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
Freshman Christina Wende also impressed in the triple jump event, earning a podium finish as she placed sixth with a distance of 11.90m.
In the men's triple jump event, it was freshman Shevaughn Allen who shined for the Bulls, taking home a sixth place finish, the highest out of any freshman competitor, with a leap of 14.72m.
Junior middle distance specialist Leon Atkins ended his 2019 outdoor campaign on a high note, taking home second place and earning the silver medal in the 800m race. Atkins paced himself to a finishing time of 1:49.91, and was only one of two finishers to run a sub 1:51.00 race.
Sydney March earned a podium finish in the women's 800m race, crossing the line in seventh with a time of 2:13.48, a new career-best mark.
In the 100m sprint Jhada Francis ran to a lifetime best with a time of 12.03, placing ninth in the event.
Anthony Clark collected another podium finish in a sprint event, placing sixth in the 110HH event with a time of 14.40.
The women's 4x400 team of Amy Villarini, Hannah Seiders, Katriel Perrier and March ran a very competitive 4x400 relay, earning a podium finish as they finished eighth oveall, clocking in a season-best time of 3:48.71.
Up next for the Bulls, qualifying athletes will head to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in the NCAA East Region Preliminaries, slated for May 23-25.