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Buffalo State track and field to compete at SUNYAC Outdoor Championships this weekend


CORTLAND -- Buffalo State's men's and women's track and field team are set to compete in the 2017 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Outdoor Championships this Friday and Saturday at SUNY Cortland's Stadium Complex.

Last year, Oneonta and Cortland won the women's and men's titles, respectively.  The Bengals are looking for their first women's outdoor championship in school history and the first men's outdoor title since 1967.

Standouts on the women's side include Ronni Kordrupel (East Aurora/Iroquois), Elizabeth Wall (Horseheads/Horseheads) and its members of the relay teams.

Kordrupel enters the weekend with the 46th-best time in the 800m in the nation at 2:15.67 and just shattered the school record in the 1,500m in her last meet with a time of 4:42.75.

The women's 4x100 relay team of Dayonna Holmes (Rochester/Charlotte), Satin Holmes (Rochester/Wilson Magnet), Catarra Burroughs (Rochester/Wilson Magnet) and Keanna McKnight (Queens/Springfield Gardens) ran the 14th-fastest time during the outdoor season, clocking in with a time of 47.60.

Wall set the school record in the 3,000m Steeplechase weeks ago with a blazing time of 11:39.34.

The men's side is led by Benjamin Ezike (Staten Island/Susan Wagner) who was a triple jump champion and All-American in both the indoor and outdoor championships a year ago.  He enters the championship meet with the 17th-best mark in the triple jump this outdoor season at 14.45m.

Cody Sikora (N. Tonawanda/N. Tonawanda) ranks 20th in Division III in the 400m at 48.35.

The 4x100 relay team of Robert Liebel (Tonawanda/Tonawanda), Darren Thompson (Buffalo/St. Joe's), James Willard (Albany/Albany) and Elijah Lawal (Duanesburg/Duanesburg) will be one to keep an eye on as well, as the unit enters the weekend with the 34th-fastest time in the event at 42.07.

The meet is also important as it is the last chance Buffalo State will have to salvage a tie against Fredonia in its all-sports, season-long Battle by the Lake contest.  The Bengals enter the weekend trailing the Blue Devils, 17-13, but can earn a tie in the contest if both track and field teams finish ahead of Fredonia in the standings of this weekend's championships to earn the final four points that is still up for grabs.

The 2017 SUNYAC Outdoor Championships will begin on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by Saturday's session that will start at 9 a.m.

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