Men’s Track and Field Sweeps SUNYAC awards
The SUNY Oneonta men’s track & field team made a clean sweep of the major State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) awards after capturing its first team championship Saturday. Matt LoPiccolo was selected as the men’s Coach of the Year, senior Sean Bernstein of Baldwinsville was named Outstanding Track Athlete of the meet, and freshman Joe Fox of West Nyack earned honors as the Outstanding Field Athlete of the meet.
In all, seven men were selected to the All-Conference Team. Joining Fox and Bernstein on the first team were sophomores Patrick Weinert of Schenevus, Charles Remillard of Peru and freshman Jake Alviene of East Greenbush. Sophomore J.D. Roth of Pearl River and freshman Joe Carr of Burnt Hills were named to the second team. Weinert, Remillard and Alviene were all conference champions, while Carr and Roth were second in the 60m and 35-lb. weight throw respectively. Remillard won the 3000m run, Weinert won the weight throw and Alviene won the 60m hurdles.
Bernstein, who earned the top track athlete award for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2011-12, nabbed first place finishes in the 60m (6.82), 200m (21.86), and 4x400m relay (3:23.19). His time in the 60m was a SUNYAC meet record. His first-place finishes gave him 22.50 points for the meet, which totaled more than any of his track competitors. Last winter, Bernstein won the 60m and 200m dash in the SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championship and went on to earn All-American honors in the 60m dash. where he currently sits fourth nationally in Division III.
Fox won the 2013 SUNYAC title for the men’s shot put with a distance of 15.47m (50′ 9 ¼”). Fox also was third in the 35-lb. weight throw with a personal best distance of 16.37m (53′ 8 ½”). He tallied 16 points, more than any other field athlete in the meet. Fox currently holds the school record in the shot put with a distance of 16.09m.
LoPiccolo has coached for 13 years at Oneonta. He was the head coach of track & field for his first six years, then associate coach, and became the head coach again beginning with the 2010-11 season. This is the second time he has been honored as the top men’s coach. He won his first honor for indoor track & field in 2005.