continued Head coach Matt LoPiccolo praised Bernstein's coach Joe Reed, a seven-time All-American himself while at Oneonta.
“Coach Reed is a true Red Dragon,” said LoPiccolo. “First as an athlete and now as coach of these motivated, talented student-athletes, he has continued our All-American lineage. To cap it off with a national championship is a phenomenal feeling that our team, administrators, alumni, and recruits will enjoy.”
The national title for Bernstein caps an incredible year for the junior, who came back from a leg injury that took his sophomore season away. Bernstein won four individual SUNYAC titles between indoor and outdoor season and was the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Male Track Athlete of the Year for both seasons.
The national championship is the second for the men's program and the first in the outdoor season. In 2009, the men's program won the 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA indoor championships. Bernstein's individual national title is the second for the track & field program overall. In 2006, Adrianne Musu Jackson-Buckner captured the 200-meter dash national championship to earn the program's first national title.