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Former BU standout Craig Coon places 28th overall in Boston Marathon
2010 graduate clocks time of 2:32 in record heat conditions
April 17, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Craig Coon, a 2010 graduate of Binghamton University who was a track and cross country team captain, placed 28th overall in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Despite record heat conditions during the race, he recorded a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 20 seconds for the 26.2-mile course. There were over 20,000 entrants for the 116th annual event.
Running in just his second marathon, Coon was the-14th highest American finisher in the race. He won the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon last Sept. 11 in a time of 2:30.43 to qualify for Monday’s race in Boston.
“It was an awesome experience,” he said. “I was shocked that I finished up that high. It really did not sink in until the car ride home. The crowds were fantastic the whole way and they really energized all of us to run well. There were a lot of families out there with ice water, so it helped a lot with the heat.”
“We always knew that Craig would be a great marathon runner,” Binghamton head cross country coach Annette Acuff said. “It’s so awesome to see one of our former runners continue to succeed.”
Coon was a captain on the 2009 Binghamton men’s cross country team that won the America East championship as well as the 2010 runner-up squad. He was also a track & field captain of the 2009 Binghamton track & field squad that was the runner up at both the conference indoor and outdoor meet.
In 2009, Coon was fifth overall in the 10,000 at the America East Outdoor Meet. Three years earlier, he was seventh overall in the same event. During the cross country season, Coon placed a career-high 21st at the 2009 conference meet and was the team’s top finisher at the 2009 and 2010 IC4A Championships.
Academically, Coon finished his Binghamton career with equally impressive credentials. He was inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society in April 2008 and was named to the America East All-Academic Team in 2009 and 2010.
Coon is one of a handful of former Binghamton student-athletes to have run in marathon after graduation. The list includes 2007 graduate Shea Kenny (women’s basketball) and 2003 graduate Sara DeClemente-Hammoud (volleyball), both of whom have competed in the New York City Marathon. In addition, 1994 graduate Marybeth Lennox, who competed in women’s soccer and later served as an associate athletic director, competed in the 2002 Boston Marathon.
Back on Feb. 21, men’s soccer standout Ryan Walter, who was the captain of the 2009 and 2010 and will graduate in the spring, competed in the Hudson Mohawk Winter Marathon.