Michael Ventura '95
Induction Class of 2011
A native of Coram, N.Y., Michael Ventura competed in track and field at Binghamton from 1993-95. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics and law in 1995. He went on to earn his master's degree in management science from Stony Brook in 1998.
A talented thrower, Ventura's scholastic accomplishments included finishing runnerup at the 1990 U.S. Junior Nationals in the discus, behind eventual world champion John Godina.
After transferring to Binghamton from University of Houston for the 1993-94 year, Ventura captured his first SUNYAC crown by winning the indoor shot put by nearly two feet. After capturing a New York State Championship in the shot, Ventura competed at the NCAA Indoor Championship and placed seventh in the national field, extending his school record to 50-feet, 8 3/4.
Outdoors in 1994, Ventura wasted no time showing his command of the javelin. In the team's first outdoor competition in late March, Ventura broke the school javelin record and qualified for the NCAA Championship.
At the 1994 SUNYAC Outdoor Championship, Ventura won the javelin and shot and placed fourth in the discus, leading the Colonials to a runnerup team finish. One week later, he was named Outstanding Male Athlete at the state meet after winning the javelin, finishing second in the shot and third in the discus. At the NCAA Championship in Naperville, Illinois, Ventura delivered a personal-best throw of 207-feet-11 inches to place fourth and earn All-America honors.
As a senior in 1995, Ventura seized another SUNYAC shot put title indoors and was runnerup at the state meet. Outdoors, he won the discus and javelin at the SUNYAC meet, captured another state crown and capped his career with repeat All-America honors after placing sixth in the discus.
He received the John Bilos Award in 1995 and wound up holding the school record in all three throwing events for 15 years after his graduation. He still holds the top mark in the javelin and discus (164-feet-5) after the first 10 years of the program's Division I era.
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