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March 10, 2014

Cobleskill freshman cruises to ECAC sprint title

Staff Report

SUNY Cobleskill freshman Winston Lee won the 60-meter dash in record time Saturday during the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Indoor Track Championships at Roxbury Community College’s Reggie Lewis Center.

Lee finished in a program-record 6.78 seconds, setting an ECAC D-III men’s indoor record while hitting the NCAA D-III automatic qualifying standard in the 60. Lee earned All-ECAC Team honors with his time, which ranks third this season among NCAA D-III men.

Cobleskill announced Sunday that Lee has qualified to compete in the NCAA D-III Championships, which run Friday and Saturday at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Freshman Evan Quinones also made the All-ECAC Team with a fifth in the 1,000 (2:31.70). The Fighting Tigers had 14 points to tie for 21st out of 67 teams.

Cobleskill also announced Sunday that its women have an NCAA qualifier in freshman Dana Husband, whose height of 5 feet, 7 inches in the high jump ranks fourth nationally. Husband cleared 5-7 on Feb. 28 at St. Lawrence University, where she won the New York State College Track Conference title.

On Saturday, Husband placed fourth in the high jump at 5-6 1/2 to earn All-ECAC Team honors. Cobleskill’s women finished with 4.5 points to place 49th out of 67 teams.

Lee and Husband are Cobleskill’s first athletes to qualify for the NCAA D-III indoor championships. Husband also is the first Cobleskill female to represent the college at an NCAA championship event.

The Fighting Tigers joined the NCAA D-III level of competition in the fall of 2008, after competing at the NJCAA level from 1947-2008.

Also Saturday, Oneonta State sophomores Joe Carr, Micah Patterson and Thomas Wheeler joined freshman Mike Engesser for an ECAC championship victory in the 1,600 relay in 3:19.60. The win marked O-State’s second in the 1,600 men’s relay and first since 2009, when the Red Dragons went on to win the NCAA D-III title in the event.

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