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BU men’s cross country team honored for 2009 AE title
Triple Cities Running Club (TCRC) recognizes BU for landmark season
July 1, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton men’s cross country team has been recognized by the Triple Cities Running Club (TCRC) of Binghamton for its 2009 America East team title. The Bearcats received the TCRC President’s Award at a reception earlier this week.
“The 2009 Binghamton University men’s cross country team are our Triple Cities Runners Club President’s award winners for 2010,” TCRC President Tom Carter said. “They were simply the best the team in the history of Binghamton University and Harpur College. In my 41 years (of) following BU cross country, I never would have thought their quality of performances would reach the level they are at today. It was great to see.”
On Oct. 31, 2009, Binghamton won the conference team title with just 30 points, half of what runner-up New Hampshire accumulated. Current senior Erik van Ingen won the individual title while current graduate student Chris Gaube was the runner up. Current senior Casey Quaglia was fourth, current sophomore Jeff Martinez was 10th and current senior Adam Quinn finished the scoring with a 13th-place effort.
“Receiving the Triple Cities Runner’s Club President’s Award was such an honor,” head coach Annette Acuff said. “We sincerely appreciate the club recognizing our program’s success.”
“Getting the Triple Cities Runners Club President’s Award is certainly another great feather in our guys’ caps,” Gaube said. “Speaking on behalf of the team I can say that we were humbled to be recognized by the community and by TCRC which does so much to promote running in the Greater Binghamton Area. We thank them sincerely for recognizing our program and for recognizing each team member and coach for his or her contributions.”
In the 17 months since it won the conference title, much has changed for the Binghamton men’s cross country team. van Ingen has advanced to four NCAA meets and was a first-team All-American in the mile at last month’s NCAA indoor track meet. Martinez was the America East Conference’s Most Outstanding Rookie at the outdoor track championships last May. Gaube was named the America East’s 2010 Scholar Athlete, a first for any BU runner.
Acuff, meanwhile, was recently named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Assistant Track Coach of the Year. Quaglia, Quinn and current senior Andrew Ugolino (who was 17th at the 2009 cross country meet) have all been significant parts of the Bearcats’ runner-up finishes at the last two conference indoor track championships as well as at the 2010 outdoor meet.
Despite all of the successes the past year and a half, it was the Bearcats’ performance at the 2009 America East Cross Country Championships that remains their signature meet.
“Looking back a year removed from winning the 2009 America East Championship, the experience has left a great feeling of fulfillment in my heart and the hearts of my teammates,” Gaube said. “It was a special day where everything fell in to place and every guy lived up to his potential. It was an honor and a privilege to build a championship caliber team and so many individuals were instrumental in making a dream a reality.”