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Jiak sets pair of school marks

By Chris Losey
On April 17, 2013


Three Buffalo State men's and women's track and field athletes participated in the Bucknell
Bison Classic in Lewisburg, Pa. April 13 and 14, gaining national exposure for itself and the
Middle distance runners Bumkoth Jiak, Tara Murphy and Alex Ngabo were the only athletes to
compete in the meet. Assistant coach Dustin Dimit said they wanted to send their best distance
runners in order to gain experience.
"We went for some of our better distance runners just to give them a chance to get faster times
and move up on the national rankings," Dimit said.
He hopes they can do more of these events in the future.
The events at the competition, held at Bucknell University, were primarily distance events, and
featured many Division I athletes from around the country.
Jiak set two school records over the weekend. In the 800-meter run, Jiak set the school record
by posting a time of 1:51.75, good for the third-fastest time of all Division III runners this season.
Jiak also competed in the 1500-meter run, posting Division III's fastest time all season (3:50.51),
which also set a new school record.
His results are even more impressive since he was running in a field dominated by Division
I athletes. The freshman noted running against top runners in the country was a positive
experience for him.
"It was great, absolutely great, being from Division III and seeing that kind of field," said Jiak,
who was named SUNYAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week for his efforts. "It was just a great
Ngabo, a sophomore, also posted impressive times, running in the same events as Jiak. He
finished 14th in the 800-meter run (1:53.78) and 64th in the 1,500-meter run in a field of 123
runners (4:00.31).
Murphy, a junior, also ran the same events on the women's side.
In the 800-meter, Murphy finished with a time of 2:21.40 and posted a 5:17.34 time in the
1,500-meter run, good for 39th and 88th, respectively.
Murphy is also part of the 4 x 400-relay team, which is ranked 10th in the nation. The women's
team is also ranked 24th in the nation.
"Being 24th in the nation is a great start, but not the end of success," Murphy said.
The weather was chilly over the weekend in Lewisburg, with high temperatures of only 56
degrees. The poor weather, however, had little effect on the athletes' performance.
"I thought the weather was pretty decent and did not play a negative role in our performances.
We managed," Murphy said.
Jiak added that it was noticeably chilly, and though he wasn't a fan of the weather, it didn't
hinder his performance.
The Bengals will next compete Saturday at Baldwin Wallace, starting at 10 a.m.
Chris Losey can be reached by email at

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