The track season at the University at Buffalo has shifted venues, moving from the indoor tracks to the outdoors.

The Bulls got their first taste of action at the Seahawk Invitational, which was hosted by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

The men’s squad came in second out of eight teams, while the women’s team placed third of six. Starring for the women was Amherst native Jenny Koeppel, who placed second in the 5,000 meters in a time of 17 minutes, 50.51 seconds. Teammates Aleks Bykowska (18:31.02) and Jen Jezorski (18:36.74) placed third and fourth, respectively.

On the men’s side, Roy Richards continued his strong performances during the indoor season by finishing first in the long jump with a leap of 7.42 meters. The mark qualified Richards for the regional meet in May.

Senior sprinter Bryan Weinstein won the 200-meter dash (21.95), while junior Dan McKenna took top honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:11.37).

Jezorski also continued her momentum from the indoor season, as she claimed first in the 800 meters (2:15.67). Other winners on the women’s side were Carrie Hinners, who took first in the pole vault with a height of 3.42 meters, and the 1,600-meter relay team of Stacy Downer, Kate Kohout, Mary Veith and Jezorski (3:59.34).

UB heads to North Carolina on Friday to compete in the Raleigh Relays.

n Men’s tennis: Spring break was good to the Bulls (7-4 overall, 0-1 Mid-American Conference), as they went 3-0 in matches at Hilton Head, S.C. UB opened with a 4-3 win over Dayton before downing Bloomsburg 7-0 and Denison 5-1.

The Bulls’ final match of the trip — scheduled to be against Marist — was rained out. UB next takes to the court with a home match against Manhattan at the Village Glen Tennis and Fitness Center on Saturday.

n Softball: Junior Sophie Barstad had a week to remember, capped by earning the Mid-American East Conference Player of the Week award Monday.

Barstad hit .393 with 12 RBIs and two home runs during the Bulls’ 10-game trip to Florida. The junior also posted a 2.38 earned-run and picked up three wins on the mound, while fanning 16. Barstad leads the Bulls with 21 RBIs and a .299 batting average.

The Bulls (8-17) play their first game in New York this season today, when they travel to cross-town rival Canisius for a doubleheader that’s scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

n Wrestling: Kyle Cerminara’s illustrious career ended with a top 12 finish in the nation, as he went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. Wrestling at 197 pounds, he reached the quarterfinal round for the second time in his career. Cerminara, a Lewiston-Porter graduate, finished his career with 137 wins, most in school history and second most in Mid-American Conference history.

Also at the NCCA Championships, junior Mark Budd and senior Harold Sherrell fell during wrestleback rounds. UB finished 46th out of 68 teams at the tournament.

Contact Jay Skurski at 693-1000, Ext. 117.



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