And with the final gun of the 4x400 meter relay, two more UB teams moved another step closer to the end of their season. Several Bulls will continue onto regional and national meets, but for all intents and purposes, another class of seniors have finished up their Bulls careers and we plod closer and closer to the summer and countdown to the fall season.
The highlights after Friday's second day of competition at the MAC Championships in Athens, Ohio came in UB's strength in the decathlon, heptathlon, and in the other field events. Saturday's final day was a chance for sprinters to earn points and other field events to wrap up. Despite the men's second place status and the women's position in ninth, the bulk of available points for the meet were available today, and there were moves to be made.
For the women, senior Donna Jeanty was a triple winner on the day, taking a solo championship in the 400m hurdles, and combining with Malayah White, Camaria Long, and Crystal Graham for the 4x100m crown, and with Asia Henry, Graham, and Long in the 4x400m.
Other track events saw Camaria Long take a second-place finish in the 200 meter dash with yet another program record - 23.74 seconds. That's nearly 19 miles per hour. She might be able to beat you in a race even if you were given a bike.
UB got another silver from Asia Henry (and another season best) in the 800, and two fifth-place finishes from Meghan Manley, also in the 800, and Crystal Graham in the 400.
In the remaining field events, UB placed three pole vaulters in the top ten in Kelly Trupo (4th) and Taylor Bates and Jen Thill (T-10th). In the high jump, heptathlon runner-up Emma Siuciak finished in 4th with a top jump of 5'9".
All told, the women moved up in the standings both Friday and Saturday after scoring no points on Thursday, ultimately managing fourth place among 12 schools on 87.50 points.
The men came into the day in second place, though closer to third than to Akron's #1 perch. Unfortunately, despite 16 individual finalists, the relays, and the remaining field events, they were unable to notch a winner in any event and slipped to fourth themselves.
The sprinters were all over the standings, except at the top of the perch. Ryan Billian took silver in the 110m hurdles, with Jake Wray taking 5th, and UB got a similar result in the 100m dash from Miles Lewis (3rd) and Jalen Law (6th).
Other sprints saw 5th and 6th place finishes from Miles Lewis and Ryan Billian in the 200, and a 3rd place in the 4x100 relay thanks to the the group of Lewis, Law, Billian, and Darien Johnson.
Both Tyler Scheving and Brian Crimmins represented in the middle distance events, with Scheving's 1:50.59 good enough for 5th in the 800, and Crimmins' 4:04 earning 4th place in the 1500.
Bulls continued to rack up points in the field events, as both the discus (Evan Palmer and Jon Jones) and the high jump (John Strickland and Chris Reape) featured two Bulls in the top 5. Of those four, three registered season-bests in their event. Austin Price's fourth place finish in the triple jump - on another career-best 48'11" - wrapped up the scoring for the men.
When the dust settled, the UB men had earned fourth place with 138 points, an improvement in both from last year.
Mike Morgan (Decathlon champion) - Most Outstanding Field Performer
Mike Morgan, Jon Jones (Shot Put champion), Jake Sunday (Javelin champion, MAC record holder) - First Team All-MAC
Women's 4x100 Relay, Women's 4x400 Relay - First Team All-MAC
CONGRATS to all Bulls, and best of luck in NCAA qualifiers!