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March 13, 2014

O-State's Roth named top field athlete in region

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Oneonta State junior J.D. Roth was selected as the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

Roth and teammates Patrick Weinert (Schenevus), Joe Carr and Jake Alviene are headed to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Nebraska.

Roth is the first field athlete in men’s program history to earn the honor. Previously, Eric Theiss and Sean Bernstein were selected as the Track Athlete of the Year in the Region.

“I am proud of what J.D. has accomplished this season,” O-State coach Angelo Posillico said in a media release sent by the school. “He is always pushing himself to be the best that he can be. It helps that he has Patrick to push him and together the two have given us the best 1-2 punch in Division III.”

Roth will compete this weekend in the weight throw, an event for which he’s seeded sixth, and the shot put (seventh seed).

Roth won the SUNY Athletic Conference title in the weight throw and finished runner-up in the same event last weekend in the ECAC meet. He was third in the shot put at both championships. He holds school records in both events with distances of 55 feet, 10 ¼ inches in the shot and 61-11 in the weight throw.

Also this weekend, Weinert will compete in the weight throw, Carr in the 60 meters and Alviene in the 60 hurdles.

Carr and Alviene were part of O-State’s 400 relay team that won an outdoor national title last spring.

“We knew coming into this season we had a lot of shoes to fill from last year’s outdoor team,” Posillico said. “These four men are competing with a lot of confidence right now and have shown before that they can succeed on a big stage. Their hard work is paying off as our five entries will make SUNY Oneonta one of the most represented teams at the national championships.”

Hawks of the Week

Hartwick College selected women’s basketball players Maria Foglia and Brittney Dumas as its Hawks of the Week.

Foglia, a senior guard, scored 26 points to help host Hartwick to an 80-77 overtime victory against Baruch in an NCAA Division III tournament first-round game Friday. It marked the Hawks’ first tournament victory since 1991.

Foglia shot 7-for-15 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. Her two free throws with seconds left in overtime gave Hartwick a three-point lead.

The next day, in an 82-62 second-round loss to 11th-ranked Amherst, Foglia had 13 points and six rebounds. Foglia finished with 1,540 points at Hartwick, a figure that fourth all-time in school history. She’s the program’s all-time leader with 476 made free throws and ranks second in school history with 162 three-pointers.

Dumas, a sophomore, had her college high of 34 points to go along with 15 rebounds in the Hawks’ win over Baruch. She shot 13 of 24 from the field and scored eight straight points in overtime. Dumas scored a game-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds in the loss to Amherst.

Hartwick finished its season at 22-6.