Staff Report

Sophomore Winston Lee overcame a toe injury Saturday to become SUNY Cobleskill's first NCAA Division III champion.

Lee won the 60-meter dash Saturday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at Roanoke College in Winston-Salem, N.C. Lee's winning time for 6.73 seconds was just ahead of University of Wisconsin Eau Clair's Thurgood Dennis, who crossed in 6.75.

“(Saturday) morning Winston texted me and told me that he couldn’t put weight on his foot and I told him to stop messing with me,” Cobleskill coach Brad Fichthorn said in a media release sent by the school. “When he came to my room you could see he was in real discomfort, so we spent over an hour this morning with ice and stretching. When we arrived at the facility (Saturday) the training staff diagnosed it as turf toe and they treated and taped Winston. Once he was taped he said that the tape job made it feel a little better and that he was as ready to run. He is definitely a gamer.”

Lee, seeded first after winning his preliminary heat Friday in a school-record time of 6.73 he equaled Saturday, won his final 14 races in the event this season. He earned All-American honors for the second time, the first coming with a fifth-place finish in the 60 at last season's indoor championships.

“When Winston came to Cobleskill, I felt that he was a runner with untapped potential and when you as a coach find a great athlete who buys in to what you’re teaching and is willing to work hard to reach a common goal, it is great to see things come together like this today,” Fichthorn said.

If Dennis' name sounds familiar, it's because he had several tight races with national titles at stake against Oneonta State graduate Sean Bernstein in 2013. At the 2013 outdoor nationals, Bernstein won the national title in the 200 in 20.81, just .05 ahead of runner-up Dennis. In the same meet, Bernstein and Dennis went head-to-head in the 100, with both sprinters finishing in 10.77. Dennis won that race by .007.

Lee's victory gave the Fighting Tigers 10 team points, which was good for a tie for 17th place in the 72-team field.

Sophomore Rachael Shine had Oneonta State's highest finish Saturday, broke her school record and earned All-American honors. Shine placed third in the 800, crossing in 2:10.71, breaking the mark of 2:11.76 she set a week earlier.

Cynthia Adams of Lebanon Valley won in 2:08.81.

"I was happy to see Rachael compete so well," O-State coach Angelo Posillico said. "It was her first national experience and she had the pressure of being the top seed to deal with. I thought she handled it great and I was really proud to see that as her coach."

Senior J.D. Roth also competed Saturday. He placed 15th in the shot put with a distance of 49 feet, 5 inches.

A day earlier, Schenevus graduate Patrick Weinert and Roth earned All-American honors in the weight throw. Weinert placed second and Roth was seventh.

"Overall, it's nice to come home with three All-Americans," Posillico said.

WRESTLING

NCAA Championships

Oneonta State freshman James Bethel placed fourth at 285 pounds in the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday at Hershey, Pa.

Bethel won his first two matches of the tournament Friday to advance to the semifinals.

Seeded sixth, Bethel dropped his semifinal match, 8-4, to second-seeded Donny Longendyke of Augsburg.

"Unfortunately James tweaked his shoulder pretty bad in the first period of the semifinals," O-State coach Duane Ritter said. "He went for a high-risk move early and got caught. Part of the learning process."

Bethel then pinned Trevor March of Alma College in 4:24 to reach the third-place match. Zachery Rosenberry of Delaware College pinned Bethel in 5:14.

"We were pretty sure he was going to have to default out of the tournament, but he wanted to keep going," Ritter said. "He made us very proud this weekend and has a great future ahead."

Bethel, 17, finished his first college season with a 39-6 record and 23 pins. His 39 wins are tied for third all-time in a single season at O-State.

WATER POLO

Hartwick goes 3-0

Hartwick College earned victories over Villanova, Siena and Brown on Saturday at Moyer Pool.

In an 18-10 win over Villanova, Hartwick fell behind, 3-1, before goals by Zsofia Polak and Brittany Tait tied the score at 3.

Nikolina Mihajlovik and Polak had two goals apiece as Hartwick outscored the Wildcats, 7-2, in the second period to take a 10-5 lead. The Hawks led by at least three goals the rest of the way.

Polak and Mihajlovik had five and four goals, respectively, and Katie McKenty and Lara Dendy Young each scored twice for the Hawks.

Hartwick followed with a 21-8 win over Siena.

Mihajlovik scored three goals, and Rebecca Armstrong, Blanca Anton Cuesta, Laura Brennan, McKenty and Dendy Young also scored twice.

Mihajlovik scored twice as Hartwick took a 5-0 lead after one quarter.

The Hawks closed with a 13-11 victory over Brown.

Anton Cuesta's sixth goal of the game gave Hartwick a 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter. Brown made it a one-goal game with 3:26 left, but Mihajlovik's third goal restored Hartwick's lead to two 25 seconds later.

Polak and Tait had two goals apiece.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

O-State 17, Scranton 7

Jillian Donodeo scored six goals, one more than teammate Taylor Casey, as Oneonta State opened the home portion of its schedule with a non-conference victory.

Scranton (2-3) took a 4-3 lead before the Red Dragons scored 10 straight goals.

Catherine Clark contributed three goals and two assists for O-State (1-3).

Casey, a freshman, leads O-State with 16 goals on the season. Donodeo has 13.

Freshman Autumn Moore made five saves to earn her first college win.

O-State will travel to Ithaca College at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Joseph's 11, Hartwick 7

Lauren Rosenberg scored three goals for visiting Hartwick, which dropped a non-conference game Saturday.

Senior goalie Steph Luce stopped 16 shots in the first half and finished with 22 saves for the Hawks, who trailed, 7-3, at halftime.

A goal by Rosenberg tied the score at 3 before St. Joseph's (2-3) scored the final four goals of the first half.

Hartwick scored the first three goals of the second half. Rosenberg sandwiched goals around a score by Lisa Littleton as the Hawks pulled to 7-6. With about six minutes left, Hartwick's Colleen Jones scored to make it 8-7.

The Eagles then scored goals 39 seconds apart to seal it.

Hartwick (1-2) will travel to Mount Saint Mary at 6 p.m. Friday.

MEN'S LACROSSE

Farmingdale 10, Hartwick 6

Jacob Sasche scored his college high of three goals, but host Hartwick lost a non-conference game Saturday.

Hartwick (0-2) fell behind, 6-1, and got no closer than four thereafter.

Roy Simmons scored twice and Cody Petillo had a goal and two assists for the Hawks, who were outshot, 36-23.

Mike Rourke made 10 saves for Hartwick, which will host Utica College on Saturday.

Delhi 6, Monroe 4

Oneonta High graduate Jeremy Leary had a goal and two assists to lead SUNY Delhi to victory Sunday at Oneonta State.

Ray Maeang had two goals for the seventh-ranked Broncos, who led, 6-3, at halftime.

Ninth-ranked Monroe is 1-1.

Delhi (1-2) will play No. 2 Nassau on Sunday at O-State.

SOFTBALL

O-State wins twice

Oneonta State followed a 2-1 victory over the College of New Jersey with a 4-2 win against Wesleyan University on Saturday at Clermont, Fla.

The Red Dragons finished their southern trip with a 9-3 record.

Brianna Rivera hit a two-run double in the first inning to back the five-hit pitching of Rachel Hitt to lead O-State over CNJ. Hitt struck out eight.

Against Wesleyan, Sabrina DeAngelis scattered seven hits to get the victory. She struck out four and walked one.

Nicole Marzillo and Jamie Whittam hit an RBI singles as O-State scored three runs in the fourth inning.

The Red Dragons will travel to King's College on Thursday.

BASEBALL

Medaille 15, Oneonta 5

Casey Kerdesky had three hits and two RBIs, but Oneonta State dropped a non-conference game Saturday.

Kerdesky's RBI single tied the score at 2 in the third inning, but Medaille scored twice in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead.

Kerdesky hit an RBI double in the seventh inning as O-State closed to 7-4, but Medaille scored eight times in the eighth.

The Red Dragons (3-6) will travel to play Montclair State on Saturday.

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