Facing a field that included three opponents ranked in the top eight of the NJCAA Division III poll, including top-ranked SUNY-Delhi, the Erie Community College men’s track and field team was able to capture the 2010 Region III championship hosted by SUNY Delhi.
In its final year of competition, Erie won the meet with 169 points. Delhi finished second (167.5), Mohawk Valley Community College was third (158.5), and Alfred State College was fourth (65). Finger Lakes Community College scored 64 and Herkimer County Community College had 22.
Sophomore Steve Paternostro was named the Male Track Athlete of the Meet and freshman William Philipy earned Male Field Athlete of the Meet recognition. Head Coach Sean Kibrick was named Male Coach of the Year.
Paternostro placed first in the decathlon with 5,201 points and also was first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.71. Philipy set a meet and school record in the javelin with a throw of 58.00 meters. He also was third in the long jump (6.23 meters) and sixth in the triple jump (12.65 meters).
Sophomore Kevin Wartinger took first place in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.26. Freshman Brandon Ganschow won the shot put with a throw of 14.27 meters and sophomore Mike Golombek was first in the discus with a throw of 42.83 meters.
Sophomore Israel Reyes was second in the javelin with a throw of 49.51 meters and third in the 400-meter dash in 50.7. Sophomore Corey Pepero took second in the 1,500-meter run in 4:07.
The 4x400 relay team of Reyes, Wartinger, Paternostro and Jared Mutka took second in 3:22 and the 4x800 relay team of Mutka, Wartinger, Alex Chirico and Pepero was second in 8:08.
On the women’s side, Erie finished sixth. Sophomore Amanda Solly was second in the steeplechase in 13:01 and third in the 1,500-meter run in 5:09.
This was the 13th Region III championship for the men since their first title in 1962 and the team’s first championship since 1999.