ART GUNTHER '93|
A native of Blauvelt, NY, Art Gunther competed in cross country and track and field at Binghamton from 1989-1993. He received his bachelor's degree in history in 1993, and went on to earn his master's degree in elementary education from St. Thomas Aquinas in 1996.
The most decorated male distance runner in school history, Gunther was a five-time All-American and eight-time conference champion. He placed third in the nation in the 5,000 meters at the 1992 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and was fifth in the 1992 outdoor 10,000 meters.
Gunther also earned two All-America honors in cross country, finishing 13th in the country in 1990 and 14th in 1991. He also captured the 1991 ECAC Cross Country Championship on Binghamton's home course, running well ahead of 168 runners to win by an incredible 30 seconds.
A dominant figure in New York State competition, Gunther tallied seven SUNYAC titles and two state crowns while serving as captain of both the cross country and track teams. He was elected to the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame, and graduated holding four school records.
The University named Gunther its "Athlete of the Year" an unprecedented three straight years. Academic honors were as plentiful, as Gunther was honored with a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1993 - just the fourth Binghamton athlete to earn the national award. He also was the recipient of the Sam Molnar SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete Award and the University's Foundation Award in 1993.
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