The Alfred State College women's outdoor track & field team won the Region III Championships this weekend. The title is the first for the women since 2007 and first regional title for ASC during the 2010-11 school year. The men's team finished 3rd.
Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) was named the Most Valuable Female Track Athlete of the meet following two individual region III championships. She won the 400 m in 58.64 and the 800 m in 2:30.58. She was also part of the winning 4 x 400 relay team that won in 4:18.54. She ran with Pam Breedlove (Rochester/East), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), and Shatara Noble (Rochester/Marshall). Murphy also finished 2nd in the 200 (26.58).
The Lady Pioneers had great performances in both the 100 and 200. Dorsey won the 100 (12.62) and the 200 (26.24). Breedlove was 2nd in the 100 (12.94) and 3rd in the 200 (26.85) while Noble was 3rd in the 100 (13.20) and 4th in the 200 (27.66). Noble claimed the title in the 400 hurdles with a run of 71.08.
Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) won the 100 hurdles (17.06) and was 2nd in the pole vault (2.45 m). The 4 x 100 relay team of Breedlove, Dorsey, Shea McKee (Canisteo Greenwood), and Noble won in 50.88. McKee also claimed 2nd in the high jump (1.45 m).
On the men's side Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon) won the 200 (22.12), Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) won the 110 hurdles (15.04), Marcquis Johnson-Broughton (Rochester/Edison) won the 400 hurdles (54.81), and David Miller (Elmira Southside) won the pole vault (4.25 m).
The men's 4 x 400 relay team cruised to a victory as well in 3:25.17. Isiah Whiting (Hamden, CT), Brandon Lewis (Red Creek), Miller, and Johnson-Broughton combined in the effort. Ken Boyer (Albion) earned 2nd in the 400 (50.15).
The Pioneers now shift their focus to the NJCAA Division III National Championships. The National Championships will be held at Pioneer Stadium on the Alfred State campus beginning on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.