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Induction Class of 2004

A native of Brookfield, Conn., Sarah Bunting ran cross country and track at Binghamton from 1992-96. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1996, completing a dual major in environmental studies and politics, philosophy and law.

A gifted runner who battled knee injuries throughout her career, Bunting excelled on the cross country trails and also in her track specialty — the 1,500 meters. In all, she earned three All-America honors and still holds school records in both the indoor 1,000 and 1,500 meters.

In cross country, Bunting led the 1993 and 1994 teams to the NCAA Division III Championship meet, where they produced two national top-20 finishes, including a 16th-place showing in 1994. As a senior in 1995, she qualified for the national meet as an individual, and gained All-America recognition by placing 29th in a field of 182 elite runners. Earlier in the season, she was fourth out of 102 runners at the New York State Championship, leading the Colonials to a runner-up team finish.

Bunting's crowning achievement came at the 1996 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, when she shattered the school record in the 1,500 meters, finishing as national runner-up in a time of 4:36.88. Her performance helped Binghamton place sixth in the nation. Earlier in the winter, Bunting won both the 800 and 1,500 titles at the SUNYAC Championship and was runner-up at the state meet.

A year prior, she earned her first All-America honor by placing eighth in the 1,500 meters at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

Bunting, also a scholar-athlete, was chosen as the University's 1996 Foundation Award winner for her career achievement.
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