Two UB track and field athletes set school records in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the women’s long jump at the Bison Outdoor Classic this weekend.
Junior Evan Hilbert ran the 1,500-meter in 3 minutes, 42.64 seconds, narrowly beating the previous school record of 3:42.66, which was set by Brian Crimmins in 2016, according to a UB Athletics press release. His time makes him 31st in the NCAA East Region and second in the MAC.
Hilbert was behind three other runners at the 300-meter mark but managed to get to the front of the pack 1100 meters into the race. He beat the second-place finisher, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Matthew Lecky, by 1.63 seconds.
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Fifth-year Christina Wende set the school record in the women’s long jump at 20-5 1/4, beating the previous record, set by Fatimah Hill in 2009, by 2 1/4 inches. That performance ranks 23rd in the NCAA East Region and second in the MAC.
Wende decimated the competition, beating the second-place finisher, Shippensburg University’s Sara McKean, by exactly 1 foot.
Wende and Hilbert weren’t the only ones who had a good weekend. Freshman Matt Gensel set a UB freshman record in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:25.91, placing eighth in the race.
The Bulls will return to the track for the UB Alumni Invite this Saturday at UB Track and Field Stadium.
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