There's no win-loss right now in track and field, so in the balance of the generally crummy results yesterday, we can't mine UB's day in Ithaca at the Cornell Upstate Challenge for a win, but there are a number of positive.
Much like swimming, individual weekends in track don't mean much (though it is nice to win an invitational) on a team scale. But it is a chance for individuals and relay teams to qualify for the MAC Championships and NCAA cutoffs.
Yesterday in Ithaca, six Bulls notched seven auto-qualifying times and marks for the conference indoor champs, two setting schools records in the process. A number of Blue and White entrants worked their way into the top five of their event, as well.
I'll start with the flash. Mike Morgan, former All-American and two-time National Qualifier (once indoor, once outdoor) in the pentathlon, topped his school record by six points, earning 5,772 points in the competition to set a Barton Hall record. Morgan's score was over 700 points beyond the next-closest competitor, 200 points beyond the next-best MAC mark, all-time, and 70 points beyond his MAC Championship and conference record mark set at the 2014 MAC Indoor Championships.
As part of the pentathlon, Morgan qualified for the MAC Champs in the pole vault and high jump. Additionally, it's the third-best mark in the nation this year, so that's swell.
On the women's side, Camaria Long continued her blazing start to the season with a 7.57 in the 60m dash to set a school record in the prelims before finishing second in the finals.
Other MAC qualifiers came from Kailyn Arcury and Kelly Truppo in the 60m hurdles and pole vault, respectively, and Darien Johnson and Devon Patterson on the men's side in the 60m dash and shot put, respectively. Patterson in particular is a name you need to know: After a standout high school career in Williamsville, his PR today would have been good enough for 5th at last year's MAC Championships. And he's a freshman.
Altogether UB saw 12 top-5 finishes from the women and 11 from the men. I am a fan of that. Next up for the Bulls is a pair of meets next week, as the squad will be split between the SPIRE Midwest Open in Geneva, OH, and the Penn State National Meet.