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College Power 10: UB sprinter breaks 10-year-old record in 200

University at Buffalo sprinter Joshua Gali broke a 10-year-old school record in the 200 meters at the weekend’s Akron Invitational in Ohio. Gali leads this week’s College Power 10:

1. UB track and field. Gali, a junior from Long Island, won the 200 in 21.25 seconds, which ranks 35th in the nation. That broke the indoor record of 21.49 set by Ezekiel Porter in 2007. UB’s Ryan Billian, a senior from Long Island, placed second in 21.53.

UB senior Emma Siuciak broke the school record in the pentathlon by almost 100 points and placed third with a score of 3,855. That ranks 23rd in the nation this winter. She’s a graduate student from Fenwick, Ont.

2. Daemen College President Gary A. Olson. He was elected vice chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, the 16-member body that helps set policy and the strategic direction for Division II colleges and universities nationwide. The election occurred earlier this month at the NCAA convention in Nashville, Tenn. The position also gives Olson a seat on the 19-member NCAA Board of Governors, the highest governance body in the NCAA, which oversees issues pertaining to all levels of NCAA-sponsored intercollegiate athletics. Daemen moved up to the Division II level in July 2015.

3. Canisius hockey. The Golden Griffins’ outstanding season continues. Canisius scored a 4-0 win and a 2-2 tie against Army over the weekend to remain in first place in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. Repeating: The Griffs were picked ninth out of 11. Only five games remain in the Griffs’ regular season, and four of them are against teams in the bottom three in the standing. Canisius ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (2.16 goals per game). Griff goalie Charles Williams remains No. 1 in the nation in save percentage (.946).

4. UB’s Blake Hamilton and St. Bona’s Matt Mobley. Hamilton, the senior from Pasadena, Calif., averaged 28.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists as the UB men’s basketball team went 2-1, losing by one to powerhouse Akron and beating Central Michigan and Ball State. Hamilton was named MAC East player of the week. Mobley, a junior from Worcester, Mass., averaged 28 points in two games. He was named Atlantic 10 co-player of the week with George Mason’s Otis Livingston.

5. Daemen men’s basketball. The Wildcats moved into a tie for second place in the tightly bunched East Coast Conference with an 82-77 win over Bridgeport. Arif Mehmetaj, a 6-7 senior from Long Island, tied a career high with 30 points for the Wildcats, who have won nine of their last 10 ECC games after opening the conference season with three straight losses. Daemen (15-6, 9-4) is tied with Molloy for second. St. Thomas Aquinas (12-2) leads.

6. Medaille men’s basketball. The Mavericks moved to the top of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference by blowing out Pittsburgh’s LaRoche College, 97-77, in a first-place showdown. Medaille is 15-6 overall and 12-2 in the AMCC with four regular-season games left. The Mavericks have the inside track on hosting the conference tournament. Johnathon Belton (Amherst) scored 22 points and Justice Fagan (Batavia) had 20. Medaille travels Wednesday to third-place Penn State-Behrend.

7. Erie CC bowling. The Kats were the top junior college at two weekend tournaments and figure to be the favorite in the upcoming junior college national championships after beating the reigning champion, Suffolk County, twice. Dan Streer (Iroquois) won the all-events title at the Boulevard Bowling Invite with a 1,416 score and was the top Kat at the Schenectady CCC Invite. The Juco nationals are at Cheektowaga’s Airport Lanes March 3-4.

8. Buffalo State women’s hockey. Junior Erin Gehen (West Seneca West) ranks sixth in the nation in goals with 18 in 21 games. The Bengals improved to 15-5-1 and stretched their win streak to five with two routs of Neumann College of Aston, Pa. Gehen posted her third career hat trick in a 7-1 win. The Bengals stand third in the ECAC West and travel to fourth-place Oswego this weekend.

9. Niagara CCC basketball. The Thunderwolves men, ranked sixth in Division II junior colleges, survived a 96-95 thriller over Erie CC last week. Erie got 31 from Jonathan Pozo. Niagara’s Jamal Pollydore had 28. Then Niagara CCC saw a 16-game win streak end in New Rochelle with an 81-60 loss to Monroe College, a D-I juco.The Niagara CCC women stand 21-3 after a 73-70 win over Erie and a loss to D-1 Monroe.

10. Villa Maria women’s basketball. The Vikings (16-8) won their fifth straight, 81-64, over the College of St. Joseph (Vermont). Sophomore Shaquana Owens (Tapestry Charter) had 23 points, and senior Jayvonna Kincannon (McKinley) had 15 with five assists in her last home game.

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