How do you top a couple of NCAA Division III national titles?
In the case of Baldwinsville native and recent SUNY Oneonta graduate Sean Bernstein, you win a pair of gold medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games.
Bernstein's gold medals were two of the three total medals he won during competition on the track at the games. Bernstein also won a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay.
"Running at the Maccabiah Games was a once in a lifetime experience," said Bernstein. "It was an incredible honor to not only represent my sport, but also my school, heritage, and my country.
It was an amazing opportunity to be in Israel competing and to have the chance to see historical sights such as Jerusalem, Masada, and The Dead Sea. And of course, there was no greater feeling than winning two gold medals for the United States."
It was also announced earlier this month that Bernstein is a finalist for the James D. Ulrich Award, which is presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding Male College Athlete of the Year from other than NCAA Division I Colleges in or from the Niagara Association. Bernstein was the 2012 recipient of the award, which was given for the first time.
As for Bernstein’s success at the Maccabiah Games, it started on July 24 anchoring the U.S. 4x100 relay to a bronze medal. The American foursome ran a time of 41.85 seconds, which was behind two squads from Israel.
Later that same day, Bernstein captured his first gold medal in the 100m dash in a time of 10.53 seconds. Asaf Malka of Israel was second in 10.60 seconds.
The following day, Bernstein ran a time of 21.31 to win the gold medal in the 200.His time was two-tenths ahead of Amit Cohen, also, of Israel, who finished in 21.54 seconds.