University at Buffalo senior Mitchell Moore (Jamestown) ran a personal-best 51.98 seconds to win the 400 meter hurdles Saturday in the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at UB Stadium.
Moore won by nearly a full second. UB’s Chimaobi Ezeilo was third in a personal-best 53.37.
UB had three other medal winners in the meet. Junior Selina Von Jackowski was second in the women’s 100 hurdles in 13.16, breaking her own school record of 13.52 set last year. Akron’s Dara Perry won the event in 13.10.
Sophomore Sam Wray (Starpoint) was second in the men’s discus with a throw of 164 feet, 5 inches. while sophomore Leon Atkins was third in the men’s 800 meters in 1:52.99.
UB’s women’s team finished 11th among 12 teams with 34 points. The men’s were sixth and last overall with 80.5. Akron won the women’s team championship. Eastern Michigan won the men’s title.
Friday night at the Harrison Dillard Twilight Meet in Berea, Ohio, Cody Sikora (North Tonawanda) of Buffalo State won the 400 meters in 48.32 seconds and ran on the Bengals’ winning 4x400 relay, which triumphed in 3:19.06. Other relay runners were Robert Liebel (Tonawanda), Parris Strickland and Benjamin Fairweather.
The race for the six berths in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs looks like it will go down to the final day of the regular season, Friday.
Seven teams are in contention for the six playoff slots at Richmond County Stadium in Staten Island starting May 23.
Seventh-place Niagara kepts its hopes alive with an 8-2 victory over Rider on Senior Day at Bobo Field in Lewiston. They teams will play a doubleheader today.
Canisius (12-7) , meanwhile, lost ground to first place Quinnipiac (14-5) and Monmouth (14-7) when it lost to Manhattan, 2-1, at Duchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls.
The Griffs fell when Michael Pfenninger of the Jaspers had an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give Manhattan the walk-off victory. Ryan Stekl’s homer in the sixth inning tied the game for Canisius.
Cody Eckerson, who went seven innings and Tyler Howard (St. Joe’s), who closed, combined to pitch a four-hitter for the Purple Eagles. Peter Battaglia (Williamsville North) and Benny Serrano (Kenmore West) each hit a solo homer for Niagara. Battaglia went 4 for 4. Greg Cullen, who leads the nation in batting average, went 1 for 4 to fall to .449.
Canisius and Manhattan (11-8) will play a doubleheader today as will Quinnipiac and Marist (12-7). All the contenders have three-games series on Thursday and Friday that will decide the tournament lineup.