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Buff State men’s track & field stockpiles points in the sprints to place fourth at SUNYACs


GENESEO, N.Y. -- Buffalo State earned 84 of its 92.5 total points in five sprint events to race to a fourth-place finish at the SUNYAC Championships at Geneseo this weekend.

RESULT: 4th of 9 teams
MEET: SUNYAC Championships
LOCATION: Geneseo, N.Y.  
  • Cody Sikora (N. Tonawanda/N. Tonawanda) was a part of two SUNYAC Championships, winning 400-meter dash with a time of 48.00 seconds, which is good for the 11th-fastest time in the nation this season.  He also joined Robert Liebel (Tonawanda/Tonawanda), Parris Strickland (Rochester/Brighton) and Benjamin Fairweather (Brooklyn/Kurt Hahn Expeditionary) to claim the 4x400-meter relay in 3:19.70.  Sikora added a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.42).
  • Robert Liebel (Tonawanda/Tonawanda) led the Bengals' dominant showing in the 200-meter dash, crossing first in 21.61 seconds.  Eric Vassell (Bronx/Mt. St. Michael) was runner-up (21.87), followed by Fairweather in third (21.97), and Blaine Billings (Newburgh/Newburgh Free) in fourth (22.29).
  • Four Bengals also scored in the 100-meter dash, led by Liebel in second (10.71), Vassell in third (10.86), Billings in fourth (11.02), and Elijah Lawal (Duanesburg/Duanesburg) in seventh (11.27).
  • Buffalo State's 4x100-meter relay of Lawal, Liebel, Strickland and Vassell crossed second in 41.98 seconds.
  • T.J. Kmitch (Derby/Lake Shore) was fourth in the decathlon with 5,426 points, and Cooper Schiavo(Smithtown/Smithtown West) finished fifth in the high jump (1.85m).
  • Fairweather was also sixth in the 400-meter dash (49.58).
  • Final team scores: 1. Geneseo (208.16), 2. Cortland (189), 3. Brockport (140.33), 4. Buffalo State (92.5), 5. Oneonta (89), 6. Fredonia (48), 7. Oswego (34), 8. Plattsburgh (17), 9. Potsdam (1).
Buffalo State will send select athletes to the Baldwin Wallace Harrison Dillard Twilight Meet on Friday, May 11.

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