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ESF Women Claim USCAA Track and Field National Championship

Coach Mike Melfi Named Coach of the Year

Syracuse, N.Y. - April 30, 2024 – The SUNY ESF Women’s Outdoor Track and Field team brought home a national championship over the weekend and Coach Mike Melfi was named USCAA Track Coach of the Year.

The Mighty Oaks dominated the 14-team field at the 2024 USCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at American International College in Springfield, Mass., scoring 156 points to easily outdistance Carlow (98) and Maine-Fort Kent (89).

ESF had first-place finishes in

  • 400 meters - Aubrianna DeLario-Brown, 1:01.09, new school record
  • 800 meters – Savannah Kuhr , 2:27.80
  • 1500 meters – Kuhr, 5:12.59
  • 5000 meters – Bryce Hopper, 20:05.47
  • 10,000 meters – Hopper, 43:23.49
  • 4x400-meter relay – Kuhr, Ella Roenfeldt, Sophia Jarosz, DeLario-Brown, 4:27.91, new school record

The Mighty Oaks men’s team finished second in the team scoring and racked up first-place finishes in

  • 800 meters – Sean Dristle, 2:01:59
  • 1500 meters – Dristle, 4:06:93
  • 5000 meters – Dristle, 16:03:19
  • 4x400-meter relay – Hayden Bregg, Jerome Seidl, Tyler Anderson, Korben Anderson, 3:36:00, new school record

Both the men’s and women’s teams set new school records in the 4x100-meter relay.

  • Women’s team –Jarosz, Roenfeldt, Marissa Civatte, DeLario-Brown, 55.54
  • Men’s team – Bregg, Anderson, Kyle Brombos, Noah Beakes, 47.28

Three athletes were named to the National All-Academic Teams: Erica Angelillo to the Women’s,  and Eduardo Chagoy and Ethan Winter were named to the Men’s.

The Mighty Oaks’ scores were particularly impressive considering that neither team had entries in the field events.

“This has been in the making for a few years now as we have increased our participation in track each season,” said Coach Melfi. “The dedication the team has put into their training and balance of rigorous academic demands and running has been incredible to see.”

Complete USCAA results.


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.