Indoor Track and Field Kicks Off Season at Fredonia Early Open

Posted: January 22, 2005
Buffalo State posted several impressive individual finishes in its first meet of the season today at the Fredonia Early Open.

Richard Harris (Rochester/Hilton) was the highlight of the men's side, breaking a 20-year school record, while winning the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.63. The previous record was 7.69 by Rick Ballard in 1985. Justin Muise (Kenmore/Kenmore West) started his season on the right foot with a win in the 200m dash (23.29) and was third in the 55m dash (6.69). Ken Ciolek (Limestone/Bradford Area) won the triple jump (13.09m) and placed third in the long jump (6.27m). James Howze (Amherst/Sweet Home) posted a third place showing in the 1500m run (4:27.18).

On the women's side, Mercedes Roper (Buffalo/Performing Arts) won the 55m dash (7.59) and was second in the 200m dash (28.28). Jackie Kirsch (E. Aurora/E. Aurora) placed second in the long jump (4.76m). Jamie Abbott (Pulaski/Pulaski) earned third place in the shot put (8.81m), and Sarah Gedraitis (Lockport/Akron) was third in the weight throw (10.10m).

The Bengals will compete at the Bucknell University Invite.
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