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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: MVCC freshman Harvey runs to national title in 5,000

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 5/19/23

No, Mohawk Valley Community College distance runner Taylor Harvey (Clinton) did not rest on her laurels.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: MVCC freshman Harvey runs to national title in 5,000


No, Mohawk Valley Community College distance runner Taylor Harvey (Clinton) did not rest on her laurels.

One week after she was named the Track Athlete of the Meet after winning three events at the women’s National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Track and Field Championships in Troy, Harvey enjoyed a happy “homecoming” as a national champion in the 5,000-meter run when the Hawks hosted the NJCAA’s Division III Championships this past weekend.

Harvey won the women’s 5,000 by 30 seconds, earning first-team All-America honors by finishing with a time of 19 minutes and 19.38 seconds. The MVCC freshman nearly won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:53.09, finishing in second place just under three seconds behind the winner.

Herkimer College’s Amelia Bowman-McCoy (Oneida) also earned second team All-America honors with her runner-up finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (13:29.97). She also placed fourth in the 800-meter run (2:25.04) and was a member of the third-place 4x800 relay.

MVCC’s Omar Mohamed (Utica/Proctor), like Harvey a three-time winner and Track Athlete of the Meet at the Region III Championships, placed sixth in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:06.23. Herkimer College’s Brian Reile (Herkimer) was seventh in the high jump at six feet.

In Empire 8 Conference track and field news, Utica University’s Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA) was named the E8 men’s Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season after the junior won the javelin throw with a career-best heave of 202 feet, six inches, during the Pioneers’ Fast Chance Meet. Swavely’s throw was a facility record, and it moved him into the top 15 nationally in NCAA Division III track and field. In the women’s Fast Chance Meet, Utica’s Jane Fahy (Oriskany) was second in the shot put at 45-0 1/2.

Outfielder Fasolo on all-conference second team

Utica University junior outfielder Dom Fasolo (Whitesboro) was named to the All-Empire 8 Conference Second Team after leading his baseball team with a .384 batting average. Fasolo, who was third in the Empire 8 in batting, had 11 doubles, three homers and 32 RBIs.

Three other Utica players from the area - outfielder Joe Crossley (Marcy/Whitesboro), third baseman John Longeretta (Oriskany) and first baseman Jack Bono (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) - were named to the All-Empire 8 Third Team. Crossley hit .287 with 27 RBIs, Longeretta batted .320 and Bono hit .345.

Crossley had three hits and five RBIs and Fasolo had three hits and three RBIs in Utica’s 15-8 Empire 8 tournament win over Houghton. The Pioneers then lost their next two playoff games and finished 24-15 overall. Crossley was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Ithaca College sophomore Riley Brawdy (Rome/RFA) enters the NCAA Division III playoffs riding a 10-game hitting streak. He had two hits and two RBIs in a 7-4 win over Rochester and helped the Bombers win the Liberty League. Ithaca is 28-14 and Brawdy is batting .310 with five home runs and 34 RBIs.

Le Moyne College’s Sam DiGeorge (Canastota) improved to 6-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.60 in an 8-0 win over Franklin Pierce in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out four in seven innings, and teammate Zach Brush (New York Mills/Notre Dame) drove in a season-high four runs with his third home run and a double.

The Dolphins (31-19) then lost their next two playoff games, but they still received a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Dewey Roden (Sherrill/VVS) clubbed his eighth homer and drove in two runs in a 12-7 loss to Franklin Pierce. Roden enters the NCAAs leading Le Moyne with a .321 batting average and 49 RBIs.

On Senior Day at Division I East Tennessee State University, senior Ryan Enos (Oriskany) made his 10th start of the season and hit a solo home run and an RBI double in a 12-6 win over UNC Asheville. Enos also drove in two runs in the Bucs’ 17-7 loss to 16th-ranked Oklahoma State University.

Siena College’s Vincenzo Castronovo (Utica/Proctor) drove in five runs in a three-game series with Mount St. Mary’s. He had two RBIs in a 9-4 win and two more RBIs in a 15-14 loss.

SUNY Cobleskill pitcher Wyatt Palmer (Camden) was named Fighting Tiger Athlete of the Week after his nine-inning, complete-game win in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament. Palmer allowed two unearned runs, walked one and struck out four in a 7-2 win over Husson University, and the senior right-hander finished 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA.

Two more dominant outings by Herkimer College reliever Colin Skermont (Whitesboro) helped the Generals reach this weekend’s NJCAA Region III Tournament finals. The freshman lefty struck out nine of the 12 batters he faced in 8-7 and 6-0 wins over Finger Lakes Community College. Skermont struck out six of the eight batters he faced and earned his fourth save in the opener, and he fanned three more in the final inning of the 6-0 win.

In 12 appearances, Skermont is 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings. He has struck out 20 batters in the last seven innings he has pitched.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Joseph DiMasse (Utica/Proctor) ended the season with two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases in a 9-4 win over Hudson Valley Community College, and he finished with a .389 batting average and 35 RBIs. Jackson Horodnick (VVS) had two hits and two RBIs, Colton Davis (Oriskany) had two hits and an RBI, and winning pitcher Collin Schneider (Notre Dame) struck out eight en route to that complete-game win over Hudson Valley.

Fiorentino reaches ‘Sweet 16’ in women’s lax

St. John Fisher University’s Mary Fiorentino (New Hartford) scored her 27th and 28th goals of the season in the first quarter and later assisted on two more goals as the 19th-ranked Cardinals reached the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championships with a 14-3 victory over the University of Mount Union.

It was the 12th consecutive win for St. John Fisher. The Cardinals are undefeated since a 10-9 loss to William Smith College, and they will travel to Geneva on Saturday to meet the third-ranked Herons again in the NCAA tournament’s quarterfinals.

SUNY Geneseo’s Marykate Edmunds (New Hartford), meanwhile, led the SUNYAC champion Knights to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament for the second time in her two years as head coach. For the second straight year, Geneseo’s season ended with a loss to Middlebury College, this time by a 19-4 score. It was the 24th straight win for top-ranked Middlebury (19-0).

In Edmunds’ two seasons at Geneseo, the Knights have finished 15-4 and 15-5.


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