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Star photo by Brit WorganSUNY Cobleskill-s Richard Garnett, left, works to pass SUNY Delhi-s Josh Schultheis during the third leg of the men-s 3,200-meter relay Thursday afternoon on the opening day of the NJCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Delhi. Cobleskill won in 7 minutes, 50.63 seconds. Delhi placed second in 7:53.07. The championships run through Saturday.

SUNY Delhi freshman Chris Mason set an NJCAA Division III Track and Field Championship meet record in the 10,000-meter run Thursday at SUNY Delhi.

Mason lapped every runner on the track, crossing in 32 minutes, 12.32 seconds to break the meet record by more than 10 seconds.

"For a freshman to run that fast is pretty impressive," Delhi coach Bob Backus said of Mason, who qualified to run in the June 21-22 United States Track and Field Junior Nationals at Ohio State.

Backus said Mason started to pull away on the seventh lap and basically ran the last 18 laps of the 6.2-mile race uncontested. Brent Reiter of Southwestern Indian (N.M.) set the previous meet record of 32:22.53 in 2002.

John Fisher of DuPage College finished second Thursday, in 34:00.63. Mason will attempt to win the 5,000 today at the championships, which run through Saturday.

"He'll be tired, but I'm sure he'll find some energy," Backus said of Mason, whose best time in the 5,000 this season is 14:57.

Joseph Appah, Eric Graber, Richard Garnett and Emille Barnett led SUNY Cobleskill to a 3,200-relay victory in 7:50.63. Delhi, which featured Alaric Best, Corey Clavet, Josh Schultheis and Rich Esposito in the same event, placed second at 7:53.07.

"It was an outstanding race," Backus said. "My hat's off to Cobleskill."

Cobleskill's Kevin Amilcar won the long jump, covering 22 feet, 7 inches.

Harper College amassed 41 points for the first-day lead in men's competition. Cobleskill is second, six points behind. DuPage is third (24) and Delhi is fourth (22).

Erie Community College's women are first with 18 points, three ahead of second-place Cobleskill. Delhi is eighth among women with eight points. Cobleskill's Jennifer Villanova placed third in the long jump (16-8 1/4).

DuPage's Kristen Heckert set a meet record in the 10,000, crossing in 39:10.34. Ashleigh Barnhart of Alfred State set the previous record of 39:20.23 in 2003.

The meet resumes at 9 a.m. today.

NJCAA Division III CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thursday at SUNY Delhi

MEN

Team scores: Harper College 41, SUNY Cobleskill 35, DuPage 24, Delhi 22, Alfred 18, Kingsborough 10, Gloucester 9, Bergen 9, Herkimer 8, Rhode Island 5, Middlesex 5, Erie 4, Bronx 2, Mohawk Valley 2, Finger Lakes 1.

10,000 meters: 1, Chris Mason (Delhi) 32:12.32 (NJCAA record; old record of 32:22.53 set by Brent Reiter of Southwestern Indian in 2002); 2, John Fisher (DuPage) 34:00.63; 3, John D'Ambrogio (DuPage) 34:33.09; 4, James Sylvestre (R. Island) 34:34.70; 5, Tim Flynn (Delhi) 34:57.36; 6, Kevin Wippel (Cob) 35:20.34; 7, Jose Aguirre (Bergen) 35:59.11; 8, Erik Andersen (DuPage) 36:47.27.

3,200 relay: 1, Cobleskill (Joseph Appah, Eric Graber, Richard Garnett, Emille Barnett) 7:50.63; 2, Delhi (Alaric Best, Corey Clavet, Josh Schultheis, Rich Esposito) 7:53.07; 3, Alfred 8:02.59; 4, Middlesex 8:07.93; 5, Erie 8:13.33; 6, Harper 8:13.43; 7, DuPage 8:14.04; 8, Gloucester 8:24.66.

Pole vault: 1, Stephen Damhauser (Harp) 4.36; 2, Joe Aumendo (Glouc) 4.21; 3, Adam Werner (DuPage) 4.21; 4, Carlos Carabajal (Harper) 3.91; 5, Kameron Whittmeyer (Cob) 3.76; 6, Alex Curran (Alfred) 3.76; 7, Justin Phillips (Mohawk) 3.76; 8, Dan Reynolds (Alfred) 3.16.

Long jump: 1, Kevin Amilcar (Cob) 6.88; 2, Kurt Vowell (Herk) 6.84; 3, Roosevelt Dardon (Harp) 6.82; 4, Derval Thomas (Berg) 6.82; 5, Andrew Omoregie (Alfred) 6.82; 6, Aldin Gomez (Cob) 6.48; 7, Harold Blyden (Berg) 6.39; 8, Jonah Whipple (Finger Lakes) 6.27.

Hammer: 1, Faisal Muhammad (King) 49.06; 2, Ryan Asta (Harp) 47.34; 3, Matt Royer (Harp) 46.06; 4, Joe Valentin (Cob) 42.11; 5, Nathan Smith (Alfred) 41.97; 6, Markus Papa (Harp) 38.94; 7, Anthony Minter (Bronx) 35.54; 8, Jose Hernandez (DuPage) 33.97.

WOMEN

Team scores: Erie 18, Cobleskill 15, DuPage 14, Herkimer 14, Harper 12, Bronx 10, Rhode Island 8, Delhi 8, Alfred State 6, Finger Lakes 6, Mohawk Valley 5.

10,000: 1, Kristen Heckert (DuPage) 39:10.34 (NJCAA record, old record of 39:20.23 set by Ashleigh Barnhart of Alfred State in 2003); 2, Anna Bogdanets (Erie) 40:26.54; 3, Tabitha Thomas (Harp) 41:04.83; 4, Sarah Lazarus (Herk) 42:04.54; 5, Meghan LaPoint (Cob) 42:12.94; 6, Gabby Dello (Delhi) 42:19.53; 7, April Ackermann (Cob) 43:10.31; 8, Meghan Newton (Cob) 44:14.79.

3,200 relay: 1, DuPage 9:35.54 (NJCAA record); 2, Herkimer 10:30.33; 3, Finger Lakes 10:33.97; 4, Mohawk Valley 10:38.79; 5, Alfred State 10:41.42; 6, Cobleskill 10:50.97; 7, Delhi 12:25.60.

Long jump: 1, Sakinah Scott (Glou) 5.15 meters; 2, Reaghan Bulkley (Alfred) 5.09; 3, Jennifer Villanova (Cob) 5.09; 4, Keisha Brown (Kings) 5.05; 5, Yanique Folkes (Middle) 4.85; 6, Destiny Lewis (Erie) 4.77; 7, Chantal Salamone (Herk) 4.75; 8, Daeniel Reynolds (Bronx) 4.66.

Hammer: 1, Kristal McGreggor (Bronx) 44.63; 2, Amanda Kelley (R. Island) 41.75; 3, Claire Bitto (Harp) 36.42; 4, Kayla Evers (Cob) 33.70; 5, Deb Youngs (DuPage) 33.41; 6, Lindsay Smith (Delhi) 31.72; 7, Emily Fields (Alfred) 31.10; 8, Bethany Jennings (Herk) 29.27.

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