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For Immediate Release: October 21, 2005
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

10th Annual BU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony honors four former athletes

VESTAL, N.Y. - The athletics department held its 10th annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Friday night in the West Gym atrium. Former athletes Robert Negron ‘72 (baseball), Kim Jacoby ‘88 (softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer), Matt Feinberg ‘97 (swimming) and Monique Hacker ‘00 (track & field) were honored, boosting the Hall membership to 55. The accomplishments of the four inductees are detailed on the “Wall of Fame” — a lighted display in the West Gym foyer that features engraved walnut plaques mounted on a brick surface.

Negron, an infielder, outfielder and catcher, batted .403 in his stellar four-year career and remains the only player in school history to hit over .400 for his collegiate career.

"We want to thank these athletes for the traditions they started," University President Lois B. DeFleur said to the audience. "They helped establish this culture of pride and success. We are proud to honor the legacy they have established."

Jacoby was a four-sport athlete who achieved her greatest success on the softball diamond. She was a two-time Bingamton Athlete of the Year and first team all-star who still holds program records for runs batted in and slugging percentage.

Feinberg was a five-time All-American and seven-time conference champion in the pool. He was national runner-up in the 1,650 freestyle in 1996, and was twice named the school’s Athlete of the Year.

Hacker is the University’s most decorated athlete in any sport. She accumulated five NCAA triple jump championships and was honored as an All-American a remarkable 14 times at the Division III and II levels.

The Binghamton University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to honor those individuals who have distinguished themselves and the University through the intercollegiate athletics program. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to Binghamton University athletics.

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