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Roach, Vona lead way at Lehigh’s short run

Cooper Roach (25:20) finished fourth in his 8K race, leading the Canisius men’s team to fourth place and Niagara’s Kim Vona (Lake Shore) finished seventh in a school record 21:56 for a 6K race in extremely hot weather at the 40th Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Niagara and Canisius competed in the “Brown” race in the seeded competition.

The University at Buffalo, competing in the “Gold” races, finished 32nd among 47 teams in the men’s and 34th among 47 in the women’s race. UB’s best finish was 37th by Zachary Ahart (24:41).

Canisius had four individual runners in the men’s top fifty in totaling 170 points. Princeton was the team champion with 94. St. Bonaventure was 41st and Niagara 46th. Holy Cross won the women’s team title. St. Bonaventure was 10th, Canisius 22nd and Niagara 36th.

Vona, a senior, finished almost a full minute faster than her career-best (22:48) and broke the NU record of 22:14 by Julie Dickhans set in the NCAA Regionals in 2007.

Because of heat in the low 90s, the “White” women’s college race and all the high school races were canceled by Lehigh and local Emergency Services officials.

MEN’S SOCCER: Callum Willmott scored twice to give Niagara a 2-1 halftime lead but Saint Peter’s tied it in the 81st minute as the teams played to a 2-2 draw in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener in Lewiston.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Maureen Papaconstantinou scored on a corner kick in the 102nd minute to give Niagara (4-9-0, 3-2-0) a 2-1 MAAC win over Saint Peter’s in Jersey City, N.J. The Purple Eagles were playing short-handed at the time. … In Riverdale, Manhattan scored in the eighth and 18th minute and beat Canisius (3-10-1, 1-4-0), 2-1. Maria Nelms scored in the 70th minute for the Griffs.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Niagara (1-16, 0-6 MAAC) took Manhattan to five sets but lost, 22-25, 25-21, 16-25, 37-35, 15-5. Logan Rae had 39 assists for the Purple Eagles.

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