The Daily Star
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If it feels like the first time, that’s because it is.
The Oneonta State women’s cross country team received one of 16 at-large berths for the NCAA Division III Championships, which are set for this Saturday in Hanover, Ind.
The Red Dragons’ first NCAA berth in program history follows their fifth-place team finish this past Saturday during the NCAA D-III Atlantic Region Championships at Letchworth State Park. The fifth marked Oneonta’s best regional finish and came two weeks after the Red Dragons placed a program-best second two weeks earlier at the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships.
“After arguably the longest 24-hour wait of their lives, the women’s cross country team is thrilled to find out they will be heading to Indiana,” fourth-year O-State coach Angelo Posillico said in a media release from the college. “These women have truly earned this opportunity and I never get tired of saying how proud I am of them.”
Senior Danielle Kennedy will lead Oneonta into the NCAAs. She completed the women’s 6-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 31 seconds — 24 seconds off the winning time of Rensselaer’s Grace Tilton — to place sixth overall. Kennedy’s sixth set a program record at the regional meet, finishing three spots better than Kaitlin O’Sullivan did in 2006.
O-State also received four other top-51 finishes as junior Marielle Genovesi placed 32nd in 22:32, sophomore Alyssa Drapeau finished 42nd in 22:44, freshman Mary Kate Bida took 46th in 22:47, and junior Jaclyn Masucci was 51st in 22:52.
Freshman Samantha Wilks (92nd, 23:34) and senior Allison Ryley (157th, 24:32) rounded out the Red Dragons’ top-seven finishes.
Kennedy and Genovesi earned All-Region honors for O-State, which will be one of 32 teams in the NCAA field. Team champion NYU and runner-up St. Lawrence automatically qualified as the Atlantic Region’s top-two teams.
Charles Remillard paced O-State’s men with a 39th as he completed an 8K course in 26:05. Junior classmate Mike Didas had the same time but finished two spots back for Oneonta, which got a 42nd from senior Tom Haskins (26:05.02).
Freshman David Busby (60th, 26:22), senior Mitch Todorov (62nd, 26:26) and junior Bobby Gallant (79th, 26:42) also contributed to O-State’s seventh-place team finish, a program record that is two places better than the Red Dragons did in 2009.
Hartwick College and SUNY Cobleskill also competed at the regional championships.
Monica Prager, a junior, finished 65th in 23:05.2 to lead Hartwick’s women to 777 team points for 28th place.
Matt Loignon had the top men’s finish for Hartwick, placing 70th in 26:34.8. The Hawks’ men placed 24th with 712 points.
Freshman Taylor Tommell set a program record for Cobleskill’s women, finishing in 24:15.1 to place 141st. The North Eastern Athletic Conference champion Fighting Tigers had 1,089 for 34th place in the team standings.
Freshman Evan Quinones placed 20th in 25:37.5 for Cobleskill’s men, who had 712 points to tie for 24th in the team standings. Quinones is the first Cobleskill all-region selection and earned the top NEAC finish at a regional championship event.
On Sunday, Cobleskill announced that Quinones received one of seven at-large berths to the NCAA D-III Championships. The top seven runners in the regional field who are not affiliated with teams that qualify for the NCAAs earn at-large berths. Quinones received the last at-large bid out of the Atlantic Region.
Messiah 76, Hartwick 75
Hartwick blew a late 10-point lead Saturday en route to a loss in the championship game of the Homewood Suites Tournament at Messiah College.
Jared Suderley’s layup with 2:59 left gave the Hawks (1-1) a 71-61 lead. The Falcons (2-0) then closed with a 15-4 run for the victory. Brad Bolen scored the go-ahead point on a layup with 21 seconds left for Messiah.
Joey Lufkin scored 27 points to lead the Hawks, who received 12 points and 11 rebounds from fellow all-tournament selection Suderley.
Matt Wilson contributed 10 points for Hartwick, which trailed, 38-35, at halftime.
The Hawks visit Wells College at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Tufts 96, O-State 78
Zach Mager scored 21 points Saturday, but Oneonta State fell in the championship game of the Chuck Resler Tournament
Fellow all-tournament selection Jack Dignan has 12 points and Jackson Zuvic scored 13 for the Red Dragons (1-1), who trailed, 47-27, at halftime.
Oneonta hosts Hamilton at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Alfred 116, Cobleskill 102
Brandon Smith had game-highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds Saturday, but Cobleskill lost its season opener on the road to non-conference rival Alfred University.
Alexis Nunez contributed 22 points for the Fighting Tigers, who received 13 points from Mike Marcelin and 13 points from Bryan Backus (Walton).
Cobleskill, which faced a 61-40 halftime deficit, hosts a non-conference game against Bryn Athyn at 1 p.m. this Saturday.
Delhi 72, TC3 54
Arif Mehmetaj and Sean Scott shared game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds as Delhi cruised to a victory at home Sunday.
Scott finished 9-for-12 from the field for Delhi, which led by 14 points at halftime.
“We played well defensively and held two quality teams to under 60 points,” said Delhi coach Rob Schoener, also referring to the Broncos’ 63-57 defeat of Broome CC on Saturday. “We’re getting back to Delhi basketball.”
Mehmetaj finished with a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds against the visiting Hornets on Saturday. Sean Scott grabbed 15 rebounds for Delhi, which received nine assists from D.J. Nicholas.
The Broncos (5-1) visit Onondaga CC this Saturday.
O-State 66, Skidmore 56
Sarah Longto finished with 12 points and four blocks to lead Oneonta State to a come-from-behind victory Saturday in the second round of the Skidmore Invitational.
The Red Dragons (2-0) won the team title based on beating Hamilton, 70-65, on Friday and Skidmore on Saturday as the tournament pairings were pre-determined. Longto, who scored 17 points against Hamilton, earned tournament MVP honors.
Grace Schilling scored 16 points Saturday to lead Oneonta, which received 13 points from all-tournament selection Alyshia Crawford and 10 from Lyteshia Price.
O-State, which rallied from a 32-29 halftime deficit, plays its home opener at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Utica College.
Hartwick 65, ECSU 46
Tournament MVP Taylor Vonasek scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting Sunday to lead Hartwick to the Eastern Connecticut State University Tip-Off Tournament title.
Maria Foglia and Kait Veit scored 13 points apiece for the Hawks (2-0), who received 10 points from Brittney Dumas. Foglia and Dumas earned all-tournament honors.
Hartwick, which held a 29-21 lead at halftime, will compete this weekend in the Peace University Jackie Ammons Memorial Tournament. The Hawks open against Salem College (N.C.) at 6 p.m. Friday.
Hartwick 93, MSM 50
Hartwick forced 19 turnovers in the first half Saturday en route to a season-opening victory over Mount Saint Mary in the first round of the Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament.
Kait Veit led all scorers with 21 points, including 15 on five three-pointers. Maria Foglia contributed 19 points and Brittney Dumas had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who hit 14 threes.
Clarkson 78, Cobleskill 49
Tracee Schiebel finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals Saturday, but Cobleskill fell in the consolation game of the Max Ziel Tournament at Oswego.
Shelby Preston contributed 11 points and Kady Porterfield had 10 for the Fighting Tigers (0-2), who faced a 39-21 halftime deficit.
Cobleskill hosts a non-conference game against Bryn Athyn this Saturday.
Delhi falls to 0-5
Annie Marie Butler scored 16 points for host SUNY Delhi in a 72-61 non-conference loss to visiting Tompkins Cortland Community College on Sunday.
Cassie Beaver contributed 14 points and Brandi Zizzi had 10 for the Broncos (0-5), who faced a 33-24 halftime deficit.
On Saturday, Delhi dropped a 61-54 decision to visiting Broome CC after taking a 23-21 lead into the break. Beaver scored 14 points, Brittany Toliver finished with 12 and Butler had 11.
First-year Delhi coach Moe Curley will look for her first win at 3 p.m. this Saturday, when the Broncos visit Onondaga CC.
Hartwick 21, Utica 10
Hartwick strengthened its chances at qualifying for an Eastern College Athletic Conference bowl with an Empire 8 Conference victory on the road Saturday.
Kurtis Ahart rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on a season-high 29 carries for the Hawks (6-4, 3-4), who received two TDs and 115 receiving yards on seven catches from Tanner Williams. Quarterback John Garcia completed nine passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns for Hartwick, which took a 21-3 lead into halftime.
Utica (3-7, 1-6) scored its touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Richie DiVirgilio finished with eight tackles for the Hawks, who got seven tackles apiece from Midnet Cantave, Bryan Schweitzer and R.J. Roth.
The ECAC bowl berths will be announced today.
Hawks make all-tourney
Hartwick senior back Matthew Robertson and freshman midfielder Jamie O’Grady made the Mid-American Conference’s All-Tournament Team on Sunday for men’s soccer.
The Hawks’ season ended Friday with a 1-0 loss to Western Michigan in a MAC Tournament semifinal at Akron. The top-seeded hosts went on to beat WMU, 4-1, in Sunday’s championship game to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Hartwick sweeps RPI
Brad Ranson and Luke Grunewald won two events apiece Sunday to lead Hartwick’s men to a 139-88 victory over visiting Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ranson took first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.56 seconds) and the 100 free (47.78). Grunewald won the 500 free (4:52.07) and the 1,650 free (16:36.60), the latter setting a Moyer Pool record.
Luis Santiesteban (200 free, 1:46.66), Ben Detar (100 butterfly, 53.69), Alexander Gibson (100 backstroke, 55.25), and Jeremy Torres (100 breaststroke, 1:00.48) also earned triumphs for the 7-0 Hawks, who won the 200 medley relay (1:38.88) and the 200 free relay (1:28.41).
Imma Rutigliano won the 100 free (55.59) and the 200 individual medley (2:17.14) to pace Hartwick’s women, who beat RPI, 134-96. Rutigliano also contributed to a victory in the 200 free relay (1:45.17) for the Hawks, who won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.47.
Gwen Mathias (1,650 free, 18:17.49); Rachel Bellis (200 free, 2:02); Kelsey Elliot (50 free, 25.70); Lindsay Bierwert (100 butterfly, 1:02.18); Allison Agate (100 backstroke, 1:04.27); Kaitlyn Campbell (500 free, 5:23.27); Clare Nelson (100 breaststroke, 1:10.91); and Lindsay Bowker (3-meter dive, 240.53 points) also won for Hartwick (6-1).
The Hawks will compete in a quad meet against host Hamilton, Ithaca and Geneseo this weekend.
Hartwick downs O-State
Brad Ranson won the 50 free (21.94), the 100 free (48.48) and the 200 free (1:45.70) to help Hartwick’s men to a 179.5-118.5 defeat of visiting Oneonta State on Saturday.
Ben Detar and Jeremy Torres won two events apiece for the Hawks. Detar took the 200 butterfly (1:57.42) and the 100 butterfly (53.53), and Torres touched first in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.44) and the 200 breaststroke (2:15.10).
Chris Farrell’s 4:53.98 in the 500 free marked his first college victory for Hartwick, which received a first from Luke Grunewald in the 1,000 free (10:02.63).
The Hawks also won the 400 medley relay (3:36.49) and set a pool record with a winning time of 7:14.54 in the 800 free relay.
O-State received two victories apiece from Jermaine Miller (1-meter dive, 251.80; 3-meter dive, 277.30) and Colton Roe (100 backstroke, 52.64; 200 backstroke, 1:55.69). Joseph Galan won the 200 individual medley (1:59.81) for the Red Dragons, who will compete in the North Country Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
Clare Nelson won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.90) and the 200 breaststroke (2:30.67) for Hartwick’s women, who beat the Red Dragons, 154.5-133.6.
Lindsay Bowker swept the diving events with scores of 214.35 in the 1-meter and 217.40 in the 3-meter.
Imma Rutigliano (100 backstroke, 1:03.19) and Lindsay Bierwert (100 butterfly, 1:02.25) earned victories for the Hawks, who took the 400 medley relay in 4:11.90 and the 800 free relay in a pool record of 8:07.76.
Chandler Shepard (Delhi) and Lauren Zentko won three events apiece to pace the Red Dragons.
Shepard swept the sprints with a 24.84 in the 50 free, a 54.45 in the 100 free, and a 2:00.23 in the 200 free. Zentko won the 500 free (5:21.24), the 1,000 free (10:53.62) and the 200 individual medley (2:16.12).
Taylor Waldrop (200 backstroke, 2:15.61) and Kelly Ruf (200 butterfly, 2:18.15) also touched first for the Red Dragons.
Delhi’s men and women cruised to victories Saturday during the Herkimer County Community College Invite.
Matt Salle set a Mountain Valley Conference record for six dives on the 1-meter board with 311.78 points, shattering his program-best mark of 285.75 set in 2012 to lead the Broncos’ men to 385 team points. Jamestown CC finished second in the five-team field at 207 points.
Delhi’s women set two MVC records and a program record en route to 274 points for the top spot. Jamestown placed second at 259.
Keannie Rodriguez set a Delhi record in the 1,000 free with a winning time of 12:04.78 and anchored the 200 medley and 200 free relay teams to conference records. She followed Jacquelin Graziano, Vanessa Brown and Lily McEnaney for a 200 medley relay win in 2:06.81, beating the 2010 MVC mark of 2:09.10 set by Herkimer. The same foursome set an MVC record in the 200 free relay, winning in 1:52.58 to beat the 2012 MVC record set by the Broncos. McEnaney helped Mackenzie Oliver, Cynthia Burhans and Megan Cusack to the 2012 record of 1:54.75.
Cobleskill women split
Alex Steelman won the 1-meter dive with 397.15 points Saturday, marking Cobleskill’s lone victory in a tri-meet at home. The Fighting Tigers beat Cedar Crest, 145-36, but lost to William Smith, 146-82.
Cobleskill (4-2) will compete in the SUNY Delhi Fall Invite this Saturday.
O-State splits at home
Oneonta State senior Ben Mikac earned his 101st college victory Saturday, when the Red Dragons went 1-1 at home during the North East Duals.
Oneonta followed a 49-3 rout of Alfred State with a 22-18 loss to Rhode Island College. Mikac’s 16-4 major decision over Alfred State’s Patrick DaFoe at 141 pounds marked his 100th triumph. He also downed RIC’s Ricondo Cole, 3-1, at the same weight.
Mikac is the fifth O-State wrestler to reach the 100-victory milestone and the first since Delhi graduate Josh Wake did it in 2010.
Teammates Chad Obzud and Shaun Gillen earned two victories apiece as well.
Obzud had a 19-second pin of Alfred State’s Matthew Sowers at 285 pounds and ended his 197-pound match against RIC’s John Georges with a pin in 3:40.
Gillen pinned Alfred’s Codie Nichols (Unatego) in 5:17 at 165 pounds, then had an 8-6 decision over RIC’s Josh Harrison.