Mike Morgan of the University at Buffalo became the first UB athlete in 10 years to win the decathlon title in the Mid-American Conference. The championship came on Friday in Athens, Ohio.
Morgan finished with 7,699 points to claim the championship. He knocked off Akron’s Alex McCune, who finished with 7,660 points and who won the title last year. Bryan Jones of Akron finished third with 7,371.
The Bulls’ Jacob Sunday took the men’s javelin throw with a distance of 224 feet, 4 inches. Jonathan Jones of UB captured the men’s shot put handily
Buffalo’s Jonathan Jones won the MAC title in the men’s shot put with a throw of 64-3. Teammate Evan Palmer placed second at 60-1.
The UB men are in second place after the second day of competition, trailing Akron. Buffalo’s women’s team is in ninth place.
BASEBALL: The Canisius baseball team finished its regular season in style on Friday afternoon. The Golden Griffins won its 15th and 16th straight games by sweeping Monmouth University in a double-header at the Demske Sports Complex. The scores were 9-2 and 16-4, as Canisius finished 20-4 in Metro Atlantic play and 38-14 overall.
The Griffins won 16 home games in 2014. That broke the school record of 15 set in 1994. Canisius also became only the second MAAC team to win 20 league games since the conference went to a 24-game schedule in 2008. The 2011 Manhattan team also won 20 games.
In the first game, Jimmy Luppens went 3-for-3 with a walk and drove in three runs, while Christ Conley was 2 for 3. with a walk. Devon Stewart earned the win on the mound to improve to 6-5.
In the second game, Canisius led all the way. Jake Lumley had his first collegiate homer in the game, while Kelso also homered. Five different Griffins pitched in the contest, with Zachary Trumpler getting the win.
Next up is the MAAC tournament, which starts Wednesday night in Lakewood, N.J. Canisius will play the lowest-seeded winner of the first round from earlier in the day. The event is a six-team, double-elimination tournament.
Elsewhere, St. Bonaventure picked up a 4-3 home win over George Washington. Thad Johnson had four hits and earned his first career win as he came on in relief for the Bonnies, while teammate Bret Heath homered.
The teams will finish their series and their regular season today at noon, with a Senior Day ceremony to follow.