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May 23, 2013

Bernstein's speedy ascent to conclude at nationals

To say Oneonta State senior Sean Bernstein is the fastest person ever with ties to The Daily Star’s circulation area is difficult to quantify.

But if there’s been somebody faster in these parts, his identity has been well concealed.

Though he’s from Baldwinsville, Bernstein has spent the last four years running track at O-State.

In high school, Bernstein played lacrosse in the spring until his freshman year.

He switched to track as a sophomore.

But even as he graduated, Bernstein’s sprinting resume didn’t jump off the page. He’d run 11 seconds and change in the 100 meters and 22-plus in the 200.

“He certainly wasn’t a superstar coming out of high school,” Red Dragons coach Matt LoPiccolo said.

Nor did the stopwatch reveal anything all too eye-popping during Bernstein’s freshman and sophomore seasons at O-State.

“I think the summer going into my junior year, I started working on technique, eating healthier and getting more sleep,” said Bernstein, who’ll compete for the final time at O-State in the NCAA Division III meet today through Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. “It’s one of those things that I’ve always felt 10 years from now, I wanted to look back and know I did everything I could to be the best athlete I could be.”

Over the next three days, Bernstein will try to defend his D-III title in the 200, improve on his second-place finish in the 100 from last year’s nationals and lead O-State’s 400 relay team.

The two numbers that best describe Bernstein’s ascent as a sprinter are 10.32 and 20.80. Both are school records by a long shot, with the latter sewing up Bernstein’s national title in the 200 last spring.

The former came last weekend en route to victory in the 100 at the ECAC Division III meet.

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