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May 20, 2013

O-State sprinter gets three chances to be the best

Staff Report

Oneonta State senior Sean Bernstein will compete in three events during the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which run Thursday through Saturday at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wisc.

Bernstein is seeded second in two sprinting events and will be part of the Red Dragons’ 400 relay team, which is seeded sixth.

On Friday, Bernstein shattered his school record in the 100 meters during the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships at Springfield College (Mass.). Bernstein crossed in 10.32 seconds, taking close to a tenth-of-a-second off his school record.

That winning finish stands as his NCAA seed time, which is .02 seconds slower than top-seeded Thurgood Dennis from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Bruce Gray of Greenville College (N.C.) and Tyler Austin of Salisbury University (Md.) are seeded third and fourth, respectively. Each own seed times of 10.55. Dennis, Gray and Austin are sophomores.

Bernstein and Dennis are even closer in the 200 as .01 seconds separate the top two seeds. Dennis is seeded first at 20.96, followed by Bernstein (20.97) and Gray (20.98). O-State freshman Joe Carr also qualified for the 200. He’s seeded eighth at 21.54.

Bernstein and Carr joined freshmen Thomas Wheeler and Jake Alviene for an ECAC title-winning time of 41.59 in the 400 relay Friday. The same foursome is seeded sixth — at 41.22 — for the NCAA meet. Wisconsin-La Crosse is the top seed, at 40.52.

Alviene will compete in the 110 hurdles as well. He qualified for the NCAAs with a 14.48-second clocking in the ECAC preliminaries, becoming the first O-State runner to break 15 seconds in the event. Alviene, who placed eighth in the finals in 15.47, is seeded eighth in the 110 hurdles. Coast Guard junior Adam Scalesse is the top seed, at 14.16.

Schenevus graduate Pat Weinert rounds out O-State’s NCAA qualifiers. He’s the 11th seed in the hammer throw at 189 feet, 11 inches. Defiance senior Tom Postema tops the field, at 215-10.

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