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Pair of distance running recruits ranked among the best in the nation

Holt and O'Hara in the midst of standout senior track campaigns

May 20, 2013


Pair of distance running recruits ranked among the best in the nation

Holt and O'Hara's NLI Release

VESTAL, N.Y.—Eric Holt and Eileen O’Hara, each of whom has signed an NLI with the Binghamton track and cross country programs, are currently two of the top-ranked high school distance runners in the nation.

Holt, who is a senior at Carmel (N.Y.) High School, clocked a first-place time of 9:00.20 in the 3,200 at the Northern County Championships on Saturday. That is the second-fastest time this outdoor season in the state of New York and the No. 23 time in the nation.

O’Hara, who is a senior at Webster-Thomas High School, broke the Runnin’ Cadet Classic meet record with a time of 9:42.89 in the 3,000 on May 4. That is the top time in the state of New York this outdoor season as well as the seventh-fastest time in the nation.

Since signing with Binghamton in February, O’Hara placed 12th overall in the mile at the New Balance National Meet on March 10 with a time of 4:57.97. That followed a third-place finish at the New York State indoor meet in the 1,500 two weeks earlier. Her time of 4:39.38 at the state championships was the eighth-fastest time in the nation during the 2013 indoor season.

Holt, meanwhile, placed sixth overall in the boys’ two-mile run at the same New Balance National Meet. His time of 9:07.55 was the eighth-fastest time in the nation during the indoor season.

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