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Track teams compete at Penn State National Open and Bucknell Bison Open
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The Binghamton men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their indoor seasons at two meets this past weekend. Head coach Mike Thompson took some of the team to the Penn State National Open. The rest of the team went to the Bucknell Open.

The highlight on the men’s side at the Penn State National Open was the 4x400 relay team breaking the school record with a time of 3:20.17. The old mark of 3:20.67 was set back in 1999. The relay team consisted of sophomore Hasani Hampden (Freeport, N.Y.), freshman Mike Nolan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./ South Side), and seniors Mike Stewart (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Frank Savinon (Franklin Square, N.Y./ H. Frank Carey).

On the women’s side at the Penn State Open, senior Larisa Least (Geneseo, N.Y.) broke her own school record in the 500 with a time of 1:17.41. She set the previous record of 1:17.91 earlier this season. Senior Marie Lloyd (Spencerport, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) also ran in the 500 and her time of 1:17.52 was also underneath the previous school record

“Larisa and Marie are both running really well right now,” Thompson said. “Their goal is to qualify for the ECAC meet and they are only .5 seconds away from doing it. They should meet the standard in the next few weeks.”

Sophomore Heather Tassler (Hartsdale, N.Y./ Woodlands) had a strong meet at the Bucknell Open, finishing eighth in the 55 (7.616) and sixth in the 200 (26.93). On the men’s side, sophomores Andy Kirsch (East Greenbush, N.Y./ Columbia) and Mike Ksionzyk (Olean, N.Y.) finished third and fourth in the pole vault. Both cleared a height of 14-9

“Heather ran the best that she has all season,” Thompson said. “She is looking very good right now. Andy and Mike are on the verge of breaking the 15 foot barrier.”

Other top finishers for Binghamton on the men’s side were sophomore Nick Tillman (Binghamton, N.Y./ Susquehanna Valley) and freshman Mark Ropiecki (Central Valley, N.Y./ Monroe Woodbury), who tied for third in the high jump (1.91 meters) and senior Bobby Heytota (Bayport, N.Y./ Bayport-Blue Point), who was fifth in the 1,000. On the women’s side, freshman Stacy Kramer (Loudonville, N.Y./ Colonie) was third in the mile (5:20.04) and freshman Joy Romulus (Washingtonville, N.Y.) was fifth in the 800 (2:23.89).

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