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Buffalo State men run to first

Buffalo State's men finished first and its women's contingent was third in the Hobart-William Smith Invitational cross country meet at Geneva. The men's victory was led by a 2-3-5 finish from Jason Walsh (Frontier) in 27:34, Joe Niezgoda (Alden) in 27:53 and Tom Proctor (Niagara-Wheatfield) in 27:56. It was the first time the Bengal men had won the team title since 1992. Alexsandra Halin (Clarence) was the first finisher for the BSC women. She was sixth in 20:13.

In women's volleyball, Buffalo State swept through Keuka, Hilbert and Medaille to retain the championship in its own Bengal Invitational tournament and stretch its winning streak to a school record 11. Medaille (2-1) was second followed by Keuka (1-2) and Hilbert (0-3). Monica Polka of the Bengals was the MVP.

In men's soccer, Buffalo State (1-4, 1-1) broke into the win column with a 2-0 victory over visiting Brockport. Dave Aselin and Matt Dupuree took care of the scoring while Tom Huebsch (St. Joe's) had seven saves for the Bengals. . . . Derek Contestato scored at 2:29 of the second half to give Fredonia State (5-1, 2-0) a 1-0 SUNYAC victory over Geneseo (2-3, 1-1). . . . Claudio Messa scored three times and Luke Stotz added a single tally as Daemen defeated Shawnee State of Portsmouth, Ohio, 4-1.

In women's soccer, Buffalo State (0-4-0, 0-2-0) remained winless with a 3-0 SUNYAC loss at Brockport. Abby Kochan had 10 saves for the Bengals. . . . Geneseo (4-2-0, 2-0-0) defeated visiting Fredonia (3-3-1, 0-2-0), 4-1 in the SUNYAC. Krista Morse had the lone goal for the Blue Devils. . . . Goalkeeper Megan Valentine had 10 saves as Medaille defeated Cazenovia, 4-0.

Seles takes Brazil Open

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Monica Seles won the $1.025 million Brazil Open on Saturday, beating Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic, 6-3, 6-3.

This was the first title for the top-seeded Seles since she captured an indoor tournament in Oklahoma City in February.

Earlier, Jan Vacek of the Czech Republic and Fernando Meligeni of Brazil advanced to today's men's final.

At the Big Island Championships in Hawaii, Belgium's Justine Henin beat fourth-seeded Lisa Raymond 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to today's final. Henin, the top seed in the $140,000 WTA Tour event, will face second-seeded Sandrine Testud of France. Henin was the Wimbledon runner-up. Testud beat Marissa Irvin 6-0, 6-1.

Johnson a winner in final race

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Michael Johnson ran the final race of his great career Saturday, anchoring his team to victory in an exhibition relay and taking a farewell lap in a gold convertible.

The Swedish Relay at the Yokohama Super Track meet featured legs of 100, 200, 300 and 400 meters.

Johnson broke away during his 400-meter leg, comfortably ahead of Japan's Jun Osakada. Johnson's team -- which also included Namibian Frankie Fredericks and Americans Terrence Trammell and Shawn Crawford -- was timed in 1 minute, 47.93 seconds.

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