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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Hadasz, Harvey, Mohamed named Track Athlete of the Meet

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 5/11/23

Utica University sprinter Andy Hadasz (Whitesboro) and Mohawk Valley Community College distance runners Taylor Harvey (Clinton) and Omar Mohamed (Utica/Proctor) were not to be outrun — or outdone.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Hadasz, Harvey, Mohamed named Track Athlete of the Meet

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Utica University sprinter Andy Hadasz (Whitesboro) and Mohawk Valley Community College distance runners Taylor Harvey (Clinton) and Omar Mohamed (Utica/Proctor) were not to be outrun — or outdone.

All three track and field stars stole the show this past weekend. At Utica, local standout Hadasz was named the men’s Track Athlete of the Meet at the Empire 8 Conference Championships, and Harvey was the women’s Track Athlete of the Meet and Mohamed was the men’s Track Athlete of the Meet at the NJCAA Region III Championships hosted by Hudson Valley Community College.

Hadasz, the easy choice as Empire 8 Track Athlete of the Week, had four first-place finishes for the defending champion Pioneers, who wound up second in the team standings, just nine points behind Nazareth College.

Hadasz swept the men’s sprints, winning the 100-meter dash in 11.08 seconds, the 200 in 22.34 and the 400 in 49.83. He also joined Shane Tinney (Oriskany), Ethan Kain (New Hartford) and Zuriel Wright on a winning 4x100 relay team that set a facility record of 42.78 seconds.

Utica’s Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA), meanwhile, won the men’s javelin with a throw of 191 feet, 7 inches, and he also placed third in the hammer throw and fourth in the shot put. Teammate Michael Roberts (Remsen) was runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

At the NJCAA Region III Championships, Harvey won the women’s 800-meter run in 2:21.20, the 5,000 in 21:31.63, and the 10,000 in 4:17.07. Mohamed won the men’s 800 in 2:03.20, the 1,500 in 4:6.18, and the 10,000 in 34:13.93, and MVCC’s Durell Cull (Rome/RFA) was named the Region III Coach of the Year.

Lydia Reimer (Newport/West Canada Valley), the Herkimer College Female Athlete of the Year, also had a good day. The freshman won the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 1:12.34, and she was a member of the winning 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams. Reimer had 13 goals and 10 assists as a soccer midfielder for the Generals, and she started all 22 games for the Herkimer women’s basketball team.

At the NJCAA Region III meet, Herkimer’s Gianna Rutherford (Newport/West Canada Valley) won the women’s pole vault and Brian Reile (Herkimer) won the men’s decathlon with 4,512 points and the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches.

At the women’s Empire 8 Championships in Utica, the host Pioneers were again led by senior Jane Fahy (Oriskany), who repeated as the shot put champion with a toss of 44 feet, 3 1/2 inches and finished second in the discus throw at 130-2. Utica’s Jade Dening (Remsen) was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 800-meter run.

Alfred University’s Bianca Durso (Utica/New Hartford) set two school records at the Empire 8 Championships when she finished second in the women’s heptathlon (3,862 points) and cleared 5 feet, 2 1/2 inches in the high jump.

At the State University of New York Athletic Conference Women’s Track and Field Championships, Brockport’s Sarah Crockett (Rome/RFA) was second in the shot put, third in the discus throw, and fourth in the hammer throw.

At the Northeast 10 Conference Championships, Le Moyne College’s Madison Kozyra (Marcy/Whitesboro) was second in the discus and 12th in the hammer.

At the men’s Liberty League Championships, Ithaca College’s Nate Oczkowski (New Hartford) repeated as the 400-meter hurdles champion with a time of 53.51 seconds. He also was a member of the second-place 4x100 relay team.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Oczkowski ran a 14.99 in the first round. In the final, he was second with a time of 15.04 and St. Lawrence University’s Erik Geier (Hamilton) was third in 15.10.

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