The SUNY Oneonta men’s track & field team has earned a top-10 ranking in Division III for the first time in the program’s history. The Red Dragons are No. 9 in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The men have been ranked in the top 25 all season long, making the jump into the top 10 after climbing to No. 11 last week.
“We are thrilled about this week’s national rankings, as it has taken a total team effort to achieve this,” said head coach Matt LoPiccolo. “We are taking nearly 40 student-athletes to the ECAC Championships, which is the most in program history. It has been quite a year for all the women and men.”
Leading the men in the individual rankings is senior Sean Bernstein, who is currently at No. 2 in both the 100m and 200m dash events. Bernstein is the defending outdoor champion in the 200m, and he finished second in the 100m dash last spring.
Bernstein, along with the freshman trio of Joe Carr, Jake Alviene and Thomas Wheeler, are currently running third in the 4x100m relay. Carr and Alviene are also eighth and 20th, respectively, in the 200m dash.
Sophomore Patrick Weinert sits in the 11th spot nationally in the hammer throw. The 2013 SUNYAC champion in the event had a huge personal best throw this past weekend at the Oneonta May Meet. Weinert soared past his school record in the event by nearly 10 feet in winning the event last Saturday, recording a distance of 57.89m (189′,11”).
The men and women will have one final weekend of competition to try and qualify for the NCAA Division III championships next week at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. They’ll compete in the 2013 ECAC Division III championships beginning tomorrow at Springfield College. The championship will conclude late Friday afternoon.