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May 6, 2013

O-State men miss title by two points

Staff Report

Oneonta State’s men won five individual titles and one relay crown during the SUNY Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships, which ran Friday and Saturday at Cortland State.

Oneonta amassed 198 points, finishing two points shy of the team title won by the host school.

O-State senior Sean Bernstein successfully defended his conference titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning in 10.54 and 21.14 seconds, respectively.

Bernstein also ran the second leg for the victorious 400 relay team, which crossed in a school- and meet-record time of 41.22. He joined freshmen Joe Carr, Jake Alviene and Thomas Wheeler in setting the third-fastest 400 relay time among NCAA Division III athletes.

Carr also earned medals in the 200 (second, 21.59) and the 100 (third, 10.97), as did Wheeler in the 400 hurdles (third, 56.01).

Teammate Steve Kuznia won the 400 hurdles in 54.71 and placed third in the 110 hurdles (15.37).

Schenevus graduate Patrick Weinert and J.D. Roth won their first conference titles. Weinert took the hammer throw at 180 feet, 3 inches. Roth, who placed third in the hammer throw (168-10), won the shot put at 49-8.5.

Chris Harvey contributed a second in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:28.74), Jim Bernstein had a second in the 10,000 (32:21.33), and Charles Remillard placed third in the 10,000 (32:26.06).

Bobby Gallant, David Bohunicky and Micah Paterson joined Carr for a runner-up finish in the 1,600 relay as well. The foursome crossed in 3:19.47.

O-State’s women placed sixth as a team with 67 points. Cortland won the women’s team title with 244 points.

Senior Kate Parsons earned Oneonta’s only women’s conference title with a program-record 164-4 in the hammer throw.

Junior Alison Ryley also medaled, placing third in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:40.61).

O-State also placed second in the 400 relay (49.11) and third in the 1,600 relay (3:59.93). Brittany Cocchieri ran a leg on both relays. She joined Kate Brandt, Shana Ventresca and Amanda Rosenberger on the 400 relay. The 1,600 relay also featured Carolyn Nasr, Shannon Hopkins and Chelsea Christonikos.

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