Staff Report

SUNY Cobleskill sophomore sprinter Winston Lee advanced to Saturday's finals in the men's 60-meter dash during Friday's preliminaries for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.

Lee won his heat in a season-best 6.73 seconds to automatically advance to the finals. His program-record time marked the fastest of Friday's preliminary heats.

Lee, who remained undefeated this season, entered the NCAAs tied for the top seed in the event, at 6.76 seconds. He will look to improve on his fifth-place finish in the event last season in the finals at 3:25 p.m. Saturday.

"One more race to go," Fighting Tigers coach Brad Fichthorn said of Lee, who became the program's first NCAA D-III All-American last winter. "One of our main goals this season for Winston was return to the national championships. Once we qualified to return here, our main goal became to advance to (Saturday's) finals."

Oneonta State got a pair of All-American finishes from seniors Patrick Weinert and J.D. Roth in the men's weight throw finals.

Schenevus graduate Weinert hit a season-best 67 feet, 2 inches to place second overall and earn eight points for the Red Dragons. Roth's 62.8.75 was good for seventh place and two team points.

Mount Union senior Sean Donnelly won the weight throw with a meet-record 71-4.25.

Weinert and Roth are scheduled to compete in the shot put finals at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Teammate Jake Alviene's season ended with a 12th-place finish in the men's 60 hurdles as the junior crossed in 8.34 seconds. Bridgewater State junior Conor Murtagh had the top time at 7.96.

O-State's women also had a finals qualifier as sophomore Rachael Shine took eighth in the 800 prelims. Shine entered the event in with an NCAA-best 2:11.76 but finished in 2:13.34 on Friday for the final qualifying spot. Misericordia junior Amy Viti had the best prelim time, at 2:11.82.

Shine will compete for the 800 national title at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

O-State freshman Kayla Clohessy contributed an 11th in the women's long jump finals. Her 17-7.5 was 11.5 inches shorter than her qualifying distance.

Lexie Sondgeroth, a senior from Wisconsin-Whitewater, won the women's long jump championship at 18-10.

The Red Dragons also announced Friday that head coach Angelo Posillico earned NCAA Atlantic Region Men's Coach of the Year honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Second-year coach Posillico, a 2008 O-State graduate, won the same award for the outdoor track season last spring. He also earned SUNY Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades after leading Oneonta's men to the conference team title earlier this season.


NCAA Championships

Oneonta State freshman James Bethel won back-to-back matches Friday to reach Saturday's semifinal round at 285 pounds during the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at Hershey, Pa.

Sixth-seeded Bethel opened with a 40-second pin of Ursinus' Matan Peleg to advance to a national quarterfinal against third-seeded Mackenzie Green of Trine University. Bethel followed with a 9-2 victory by decision to push his record to 38-4 while dropping Green to 31-3 this season.

Bethel will wrestle Donny Longendyke of Augsburg in the semifinals Saturday. Second-seeded Longendyke followed a first-round pin in 2:20 with a 17-2 technical fall in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals.

The other semi pits fourth-seeded Benjamin Nagle of Wartburg against Rhode Island College's Terrance Jean-Jacques, who is seeded eighth. Jean-Jacques upset top-seeded Cody Lovejoy of Ohio Northern with a 13-2 major decision in the quarterfinals.

Semifinal winners will compete for the national title later Saturday.


O-State splits

Oneonta State continued its spring trip to the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla., with a 1-1 record Friday as the Red Dragons followed a 7-2 victory over Wisconsin-Stevens Point with an 11-3 loss to 13th-ranked St. Thomas.

Sophomore pitcher Jenn Brocco won the opener in her season debut. Brocco started with three perfect innings and ended up striking out two, walking one and giving up three hits in six innings. Freshman Julia Simpson made her collegiate debut in the seventh and allowed a run on two hits.

Brianna Rivera doubled three times, drove in four runs and scored for the Red Dragons (7-3), who finished with 12 hits against UW-Stevens Point. Traci Lichtenstein scored twice and had an RBI in a 2-for-2 effort for Oneonta, which received two hits and a run from Marlene Cuevas.

Nicole Marzillo went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI against St. Thomas, which erased a 2-0 deficit with a 10-run third inning.

Sabrina DeAngelis took the pitching loss, allowing eight earned runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

O-State will close its Florida trip Saturday with games against The College of New Jersey and Wesleyan University.


O-State drops two

Oneonta State fell to 3-5 on the season with non-conference losses of 10-2 and 3-0 to Clarkson in Mulberry, Fla.

Clarkson jumped to a 9-0 lead in the first game. LJ Gizzarelli was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth for O-State, which made it 9-2 in the sixth on an RBI single from Dylan Stamile.

Casy Kies, Casey Kerdesky, Sean Mullins and Gizzarelli also had hits for the Red Dragons. Thomas Bond took the pitching loss in the seven-inning opener, allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Joe Rooney threw a four-hitter in the second game, which also went seven innings, to complete the sweep for Clarkson (4-0).

James McCarty gave up three unearned runs in five innings for the pitching loss. He struck out four, walked none and allowed three hits.

Kerdesky, Gizzarelli, Joe Franke and Jon Halligan singled for the Red Dragons, who will complete their spring trip Saturday with a single game against Medaille College at Winter Haven, Fla.


SJF 11, O-State 10

Freshman Taylor Casey finished with four goals and one assist, but Oneonta State lost a non-conference road game in overtime.

Jillian Donodeo contributed three goals and one assist for the Red Dragons (0-3), who rallied from a 10-8 deficit with 1:48 remaining in regulation on goals by Casey and Jaime Morris.

St. John Fisher's Jordan Johnson scored the decisive goal with a minute left in the first of two overtime periods.

O-State hosts a non-conference game against Scranton at 1 p.m. Saturday.


LF 7, O-State 2

Oneonta State completed its spring trip to Florida with a loss to Lake Forest College in Kissimmee.

Sidney graduate Samantha Butcher, a junior, teamed with Marina Salzano for an 8-5 victory at third doubles that marked the duo's first win of the spring.

Salzano also won at fourth singles, defeating Zoe Maurer, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-7. Butcher pushed her fifth-singles opponent, Leslie Walton, to a tiebreaker as well but lost, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.

The Red Dragons are off until March 28, when they will visit Hamilton College.

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