The Daily Star
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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.
O-State will host the annual Oneonta May Meet at 2 p.m. this Saturday.
Region III Championships
Maddesen Weekes won three individual championships to pace SUNY Delhi’s women during the NJCAA Region III Championships, which ran Friday and Saturday at Alfred State.
Weekes placed first in the 100 (12.89), the 200 (27.02) and the pole vault (9-8) for the Broncos, who placed fourth out of five teams with 82 points.
Kerry Connors won the 400 (1:01.93) and the 800 (2:35.82) for the Broncos.
Mohawk Valley won the team title with 227 points.
Delhi’s men won four events en route to 170 points for a runner-up team finish. Alfred State took the team title with 247 points.
The Broncos’ champions were Pete Schweitzer (1,500, 4:13.99); Josh Myers (10,000, 41:58.0); Orion Brown (400 hurdles, 55.4); and Connor O’Keefe (3,000 steeplechase, 10:52.35).
Myers also led Delhi to 17 combined points in the 5,000. He scored eight points for finishing second in 17:22.31 and was followed by teammates Alex Florio (17:28.15), Levi Anderson (17:38.27), O’Keefe (17:43.05) and Belony Borange (17:52.28).
Mohawk Valley’s Thomas Arcuri won the 5,000 in 17:01.96.
SUNY Cobleskill’s men and women each placed ninth during the New York State College Track Conference Championships on Saturday at St. Lawrence University.
Princess Joefield paced the Fighting Tigers’ women with seconds in the heptathlon (4,092 points) and the 100 hurdles (15.33), earning All-NYSCTC Team honors in both program records.
Josh Miller’s second in the 800 (1:54.78) met the Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifying standard to lead Cobleskill’s men.
Selected Cobleskill athletes will compete in the Oneonta May Meet this Saturday at Oneonta State.
SUNYIT 7, Cobleskill 6
Julia Lull went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI for Cobleskill, which was eliminated from the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament with a losers’ bracket loss to SUNYIT on Saturday at Penn State Berks.
Kelsey DeZalia contributed two hits, a run and an RBI for the Fighting Tigers (18-18), who took a 5-1 lead into the fifth inning. Seven Cobleskill errors offset its five-run first inning.
The Fighting Tigers opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Wilson College on Friday.
Penn State Berks won the NEAC title with two victories over six-time defending champion Keuka on Sunday.
Keuka, which features NEAC North Division Pitcher of the Year Danielle Gravel (Sidney), suffered a 9-1 setback to PS Berks on Sunday before topping Wilson, 11-5, in an elimination game. The Storm then lost, 8-5, as the Nittany Lions (36-3) clinched the NEAC title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Gravel took both pitching losses for Keuka (17-15).
Sophomore Leah DiGioia had the best Cobleskill Western Equestrian Team finish at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships, which ran Friday and Saturday at the Pennsylvania Show Complex.
DiGioia placed fourth in the Open Reigning Division for Cobleskill’s highest finish at the championship event since the sport became part of the college’s intercollegiate athletic program in 2011.