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March 15, 2014

Two locals advance to NCAA finals


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.

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