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For Immediate Release: June 12, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome four decorated athletes in October
NCAA champion, national runnerup and two more All-Americans to be honored

Vestal, N.Y.– Binghamton University athletics announced its 2009 Hall of Fame class, which will be enshrined at the 14th Annual Induction Ceremony on October 2. Elected to membership for 2009 are tennis player Adam Marcus (1994-98), track athlete Kate Mullins Zanot (1998-01), track athlete Jewdyer Osborne (1994-98) and wrestler Lester Ware (1979-82). The ceremony, set in the West Gymnasium atrium, will help kick off Homecoming Weekend on campus.

Marcus was a five-time All-American who spearheaded the rise of the men's tennis program in the mid-1990s. He qualified for the NCAA Championship all four years and led BU to three consecutive NCAA team berths. Marcus was ranked as high as No. 18 in the country in singles. He ranks second all-time in career doubles wins (64) and is third in career singles wins (74).

Mullins Zanot was a two-time Division II All-American in the pole vault. She placed sixth at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championship and was seventh at the 1999 outdoor nationals. She won a pair of ECAC pole vault titles and was BU's "Athlete of the Year" in 2000-01. A versatile athlete, Mullins graduated as the school record-holder in the pole vault, 400 hurdles, javelin, heptathlon and as part of the 4 x 400 relay. She was BU's "Athlete of the Year" in 2000-01.

Osborne became the track program's first national champion when he captured the 110 hurdles title at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championship. It was the last Division III competition for any athlete at the university. Osborne was a five-time All-American who was also a national runnerup in the 55 hurdles at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championship. He was a two-time university "Athlete of the Year."

Ware was the NCAA runnerup at heavyweight in 1980. As an unseeded junior at the national championship, he won four matches - three by pin - to reach the final. Ware placed among the nation's top 7 three times, earning a fifth place finish as a junior and a seventh place showing in a field of 62 wrestlers as a freshman. He was the university's "Athlete of the Year" in 1979-80.

The Binghamton University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1996 and this year's class will bring the total number of members to 71.

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