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Men’s cross country wins IC4A University Race, women place 11th in ECAC event
Bearcats land five runners among top 11 finishers
November 19, 2011Tweet
BRONX, N.Y.—The Binghamton men’s cross country team took five of the first 11 places en route to capturing its first-ever IC4A University championship on Saturday afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park. In the women’s ECAC University race, the Bearcats were 11th overall.
In a field of 16 teams and 139 runners, Binghamton recorded just 35 points, outdistancing runner-up Fordham, which finished with 60 points. Freshman Colin Frost was the Bearcats’ top finisher, placing fourth and covering the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:07. He is the highest Binghamton finisher at the IC4A meet in the program’s 11-year NCAA Division I history. Junior Anthony Gaetani was fifth (26:08), freshman Cal Michaels was seventh (26:15), junior Vasili Papastrat was eighth (26:15) and junior Jason Santos was 11th (26:21). The separation between the Bearcats’ top five runners was just 14 seconds.
Julian Saad of Fordham won the individual title with a time of 25:28.
On the women’s side, graduate student Ashley Horton was Binghamton’s top finisher, placing 14th out of 217 runners in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 18:42. Junior Rachel Miura was 20th (18:56) and junior Lindsay Raulli was 26th.
“I was proud of how well we focused and competed today,” head coach Annette Acuff said. “The team has grown a lot this year and we will reap the benefits next year.”
Kathryn Fannig of Albany won the ECAC race with a time of 18:06. The Great Danes also won the team title with 109 points.
NOTES: Prior to this year, Binghamton’s top IC4A Division I finisher was Adam Hill, who was fifth in 2007. Binghamton was the runner-up as a team that year. On the women’s side, however, Katie Radzik won the individual title in 2006.