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Track & Field Program Inks 10 Newcomers

Five men and five women to join Bearcats for 2011-12 season

July 21, 2011

Track & Field Program Inks 10 Newcomers

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton track & field program has received a National Letter of Intent from 10 high school standouts. All of them will join the Bearcats as freshmen this coming fall.

Zaid Al-Doori (Harrison, N.Y.) is a sprinter from Harrison High School. He placed third in the 400 at the 2011 New York State (NYS) Outdoor Championships and was sixth in the 300 at the NYS Indoor Meet earlier in the season. His top performances are 10.94 in the 100, 22.14 in the 200, 34.95 in the 300, 49.17 in the 400 and 44-2 in the triple jump.

“Zaid is a strong all-around sprinter who could also develop in the triple jump,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “He is relatively new to track and field and should make an immediate impact on our program”

Pat Heikkila (Vestal, N.Y.) is a thrower from nearby Vestal High School. He finished second in the shot put at the 2011 NYS Outdoor Championships and was fourth in the same event at the NYS Indoor Meet. His top performances are 53-5 in the shot put and 139-9 in the discus.

“Pat has been successful in the shot put in high school and we hope to see him develop in the hammer and weight throw in college as well,” Thompson said.

Also coming from Vestal High School is middle distance runner Josh Miller (Vestal, N.Y.). At the 2011 NYS Indoor Championships, he won the 600. His top times are 1:20.31 in the 600 and 1:53.7 in the 800.

“Josh was one of the most accomplished New York high school middle distance runners in 2011,” Thompson said. “He has the ability to take his running to the next level in college.”

Alex Sterling
(Brooklyn, N.Y.) is a sprinter from Midwood High School. He took third place at the 2011 PSAL Indoor City Championships and was fifth in the 100 at the PSAL outdoor meet later in the season. His top times are 6.52 in the 55 and 10.92 in the 100.

“Alex will focus on the short sprints and is a great addition to (Assistant) Coach (Natilee) Dawkins’ sprint crew at Binghamton University,” Thompson said. “We look for him to make an immediate impact at the conference level.”

Eric Zeigler (Rochester, N.Y.) is a sprinter and jumper from Spencerport High School. He was the runner up in the long jump at the 2011 NYS Outdoor Championships and was fifth in the same event during the indoor season. His top performances are 23-8 1/4 in the long jump, 6.53 in the 55 and 10.97 in the 100.

“Eric is a strong short sprinter who has the talent to become one of the best long jumpers in the America East in the near future,” Thompson said.

On the women’s side, Alexx Baum (North Woodmere, N.Y.) is a jumper from Lawrence High School. She took first place at the 2011 Indoor Section VIII Class B Championships in the triple jump. Her top performances are 38-7 in the triple jump and 17-9 in the long jump.

“Alexx is a talented athlete who has just started to realize her potential,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “She will contribute immediately in the jumps and could help us in the sprints as well.”

Shavonna Hinton (Webster, N.Y.) is a middle distance runner from Webster-Thomas High School. She won the 800 at the 2011 Section V Outdoor Championships and was the runner up in the 600 at the sectional indoor meet. Her top times are 1:36.90 in the 600 and 2:13.18 in the 800.

“Shavonna is a talented middle distance runner who has excelled at 800 meters but could make an impact at 400 meters as well,” Thompson said.

Katie Gallagher (Massapequa, N.Y.) is a jumper from St. Anthony’s High School. She swept the long jump and high jump titles at the 2011 CHSAA Indoor City Championships. At the outdoor meet, she won the high jump and was third in the long jump. Her top heights are 5-6 in the high jump and 18-0 1/2 in the long jump.
“Katie is equally talented in the high jump and long jump and is a great addition to Binghamton’s strong jumps group,” Thompson said.

Also arriving from St. Anthony’s High School is sprinter Emily Taussig (Huntington Station, N.Y.). She won the 55 at the 2011 Indoor CHSAA City Championships and captured the 100 at the outdoor meet. Her top times are 7.31 in the 55, 12.20 in the 100 and 25.64 in the 200.

“Emily is equally talented in the short and long sprints and could develop into one of the best all around sprinters in the conference in the near future.”

Daniella Olusoga (South Ozone Park, N.Y.) competed in the pentathlon at Christ the King High School. She was fourth in that event at the Outdoor NYS Championships.”

“Daniella will focus on the combined events at Binghamton,” Thompson said. “She has the natural talent necessary to excel at all seven disciplines in the heptathlon and could be a surprise at the conference level in 2012.”

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