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March 17, 2014

Three earn All-American accolades

Staff Report

Oneonta State and SUNY Cobleskill produced three All-Americans this past weekend during the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Joe Carr’s fifth-place finish in the 200-meter finals Saturday gave Oneonta State its second All-American of the season as the sophomore joined junior J.D. Roth earned the same honor Friday with a fifth in the weight throw.

Carr followed a personal-best indoor 200 time of 21.65 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries with a 21.74 in Saturday’s finals. Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Thurgood Dennis won the title at 21.27. He was followed by Greenville junior Bruce Gray (21.501), La Verne senior Chancise Watkins (21.504) and Cortland junior Melique Garcia (21.73).

After Roth earned All-American accolades Friday with a program-record weight throw of 62 feet, 9.25 inches, he finished 13th Saturday in the shot put at 49-4.5.

“For JD and Joe, I am proud of their accomplishments on earning their first indoor All-American honors,” O-State coach Angelo Posillico said via email. “This was a great way to end the indoor season and we now look forward to the outdoor season.”

The Red Dragons scored eight points to tie for 24th in the men’s standings. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse won the men’s team title with 63.5 points.

Winston Lee became Cobleskill’s first NCAA D-III All-American with a fifth-place finish in the 60 on Saturday. The Fighting Tigers joined the NCAA D-III ranks in 2008, after spending the previous 61 years as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Lee missed out on a fourth-place finish by one-thousandth of a second as Greenville junior Bruce Gray finished in 6.802.

Dennis also won the 60 title, setting an NCAA D-III indoor record at 6.68. Wisconsin-Whitewater sophomore Corey Broussard tied the previous meet record of 6.75, which was set by Colby’s Dominique Kone during the 2012 championships, to place second. Wisconsin-La Crosse junior Alex Koenen rounded out the top three at 6.78.

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