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March 15, 2014

Two locals advance to NCAA finals

The Daily Star

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SUNY Cobleskill freshman Winston Lee and Oneonta State sophomore Joe Carr earned shots at NCAA Division III indoor track titles Friday afternoon.

Lee tied for second in his eight-man qualifying heat during the national championships at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Sports Center. His time of 6.80 seconds matched Wisconsin-Whitewater sophomore Corey Broussard in the heat, which was won by Wisconsin-La Crosse junior Alex Koenen in 6.78 seconds.

Thurgood Dennis, a junior from Wisconsin-Eau Claire, won the first heat in 6.75 seconds for the top overall time. Dennis is the reigning NCAA Division III outdoor champion in the 100 as he edged former Oneonta State standout Sean Bernstein by .007 seconds in the 2013 final May 27 at Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Dennis will be the top seed for Saturday’s final in the 60 dash. He’ll be followed in the seedings by Koenen, Greenville junior Bruce Gray (6.77), Broussard and Lee. The rest of the eight-man finals field features CCNY junior Thierry Diessongo (6.84), Salisbury junior Tyler Austin (6.84) and Baldwin Wallace senior Kevin Johnson (6.86).

“The hard part is now over and we’ll come back tomorrow and see how he does against the best competitors in the country,” Fighting Tigers coach Brad Fichthorn said of Lee, who qualified for the NCAAs by setting an Eastern College Athletic Conference record of 6.78 seconds to win the 60 title at the ECAC Championships on March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Center, Mass. “All the pressure is off, the butterflies are now gone and all Winston has to do (Saturday) is run.”

The 60 finals are scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Carr took second in one of four 200 preliminary heats Friday with a time of 21.65 seconds, which was good for fourth overall. Carr also will have to compete against Dennis, who won his heat with the second-best time of 21.56. Gray had the top 200 time Friday, at 21.44.

La Verne senior Chancise Watkins, also a heat winner, crossed in 21.57 for the third-best time Friday. Other 200 qualifiers from the 14-man field were Cortland State junior Melique Garcia (21.71), Koenen (21.75), Bridgewater State junior Brian Espinosa (21.77) and Wisconsin-Whitewater junior Dylan Crafton (21.77).

The 200 finals will start at 4:05 p.m. today.

Oneonta State also received a pair of top-nine finishes in the weight throw finals Friday as SUNY Athletic Conference champion J.D. Roth placed fifth with a program-record 62 feet, 9.25 inches and fellow junior Patrick Weinert (Schenevus) took ninth at 60-5. Roth’s best distance came on his first of six throws and Weinert’s top mark came on his last one. Mount Union junior Sean Donnelly won the NCAA D-III title at 68-7.75.

Roth will compete in the shot put finals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. His season-best 55-10.25, a program record, is seeded seventh overall.

Teammate Jake Alviene, a sophomore, narrowly missed qualifying for the 60 hurdles finals with a ninth-place finish in the preliminaries. Alviene finished in 8.15 seconds, .02 behind Whitworth senior Casey Monahan for the eighth and final qualifying spot.

Also Saturday, Cobleskill freshman Dana Husband will compete in the women’s high jump finals at 2:30 p.m. The first Cobleskill woman to compete at an NCAA championship competition, Husband is tied for seventh in the overall seedings with a season-best height of 5-7.

WOMEN’S LACROSSEFisher 11, O-State 6

Casey Sarle scored a team-best three goals, but 15th-ranked Oneonta State suffered its first setback of the season with a non-conference home loss to No. 13 St. John Fisher.

The Cardinals (4-0) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes en route to a 5-2 cushion at halftime.

Lindsey Shoales scored four goals for St. John Fisher, which received two goals and two assists from Jordan Johnson.

Nicole Boylan, Jillian Donodeo and Catherine Clark also scored for O-State (5-1), which received an assist from Nikki Fioretti.

The Red Dragons, who averaged nearly 15 goals over their first four games, were outshot, 25-13.

O-State visits Farmingdale State at 3 p.m. Saturday for another non-conference match.

SOFTBALLO-State splits

Oneonta State followed a 2-1 loss in eight innings to Curry College with a 5-1 defeat of Nichols College during the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at Cape Coral, Fla.

Junior Rachel Hitt (3-1) struck out 12 and allowed one earned run in a two-hitter against Nichols, which allowed two runs in the top of the first inning. Brianna Rivera had an RBI single in the first, which also featured a sacrifice fly by Nicole Marzillo.

Jamie Whittam and Jennifer Brocco followed with RBI singles in the fourth inning to put the Red Dragons (5-3) ahead, 4-0.

Katie O’Gorman’s RBI triple in the seventh capped the scoring for Oneonta, which received three hits from Rivera and two apiece from Brooco, Brianna Calby and Meaghan Foster.

Brocco also singled in the third inning of the opener to drive in Oneonta’s run against Curry.

Freshman Sabrina DeAngelis struck out nine in the pitching loss.

The Red Dragons will play two games Saturday as they’ll face UMass-Dartmouth at 9 a.m. and Pittsburgh-Bradford at 11 a.m.

BASEBALLO-State goes 1-1

Oneonta State scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning for a 2-0 victory over Clarkson in the opening game of a doubleheader during the Russmat Central Florida Invitational at Auburndale, Fla.

Winning pitcher Steve Ascher went the distance, striking out 15 and walking three in an eight-inning two-hitter.

Joe Halligan opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the eighth, then scored on a single by Casy Kies. Dylan Stamile, Billy Riedel and Kies each had two hits apiece in the opener.

Clarkson started the second game with six runs off Alex Mastrianni in the top of the first. Mastrianni gave up 10 runs — six earned — on 10 hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three.

Matt Mastroianni’s 3-for-3 effort paced the Red Dragons (2-5), who received two hits apiece from Kies (run, two RBIs), Oneonta High graduate David Wright (run, RBI), and Halligan (run, RBI).

Nate Eastman (OHS) singled for O-State, which continues invitational play with a doubleheader against Canton at 3 p.m. Saturday.