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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian(sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Men place second, women seventh at America East Indoor Track & Field Championships

Day One Recap
Complete Results

BOSTON, Mass.-- Freshman Cazal Arnett (Jamaica, N.Y.) won a pair of individual events and was named the Men's Rookie of the Year, highlighting a record-breaking day for Binghamton at the final day of the America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The men's finished a program-best second out of nine teams while the women finished seventh. In addition, head coach Mike Thompson and his staff were selected as the America East Men's Staff of the Year for the first time.

Arnett recorded two of the Bearcats' first-place finishes on Saturday. He broke his own school records in the 200 (21.72) and 400 (47.80) and qualified for the IC4A Championship in the process. Arnett set the old marks of 21.83 and 48.21 in the preliminaries on Friday night. Freshman Christian Smith (Trumansburg, N.Y.), meanwhile captured the 500 with a school record and IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.81. The old mark of 1:05.61 was set by Jimmy Massar last season.

Binghamton also broke a pair of school records in the distance events. Sophomore Chris Gaube (Vestal, N.Y.) finished fourth in the 3,000 with a time of 8:26.15. The previous mark of 8:34.6 was set by Kurt Kroener in 1983. Freshman Casey Quaglia (Bangor, Maine) placed fifth with in the mile with a time of 4:16.47. In the process, he shattered his week-old record of 4:20.01.

Other top men's finishers were graduate student Mike Wlodarski (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Jesse Thompson (Bay Shore, N.Y.), who placed second and third respectively in the 1,000. Their times were 2:30.94 and 2:31.43. Junior Justin Halleck (Depew, N.Y.) was third in the weight throw.

On the women's side, senior Keisha Short (Yephank, N.Y.) was the Bearcats' top finisher, placing fourth in the 400 (57.57).

Binghamton heads to the ECAC/IC4A Championships on Boston March 7-8.

NOTES: Binghamton's previous best finish at an America East Track & Field Championship was third in the 2006 Outdoor Meet ... Thompson's assistant coaches include Annette Acuff, Natilee Dawkins and Wally Yelverton.

MEN'S TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS

Cazal Arnett, 1st, 200 (21.72) SR, IC4A
Cazal Arnett, 1st, 400 (47.80) SR, IC4A
Christian Smith, 1st, 500 (1:04.81) SR, IC4A
Mike Wlodarski, 2nd, 1,000 (2:30.94)
Jesse Thompson, 3rd, 1,000 (2:31.43)
Justin Halleck, 3rd, Shot Put (49-5 3/4)
Chris Gaube, 4th, 3,000 (8:26.15)
Dan Walker, 5th, 55 (6.57)
Joanel Lopez, 5th, Shot Put (49-4 1/4)
Casey Quaglia, 5th, Mile (4:16.47) SR
Kris Kowalski, 6th, Heptathlon (4,302)
Geoff Campblell, 7th, 55 (6.67)
Adam Hill, 7th, 3,000 (8:36.24)

WOMEN'S TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS

Keisha Short, 4th, 400 (57.57)
Jasmine Hinson, 7th, 200 (25.69)
Marsha Feisinger, 7th, High Jump (5-2)
Keisha Short, 8th, 200 (25.72)
Caitlin Wright, 8th, 500 (1:18.04)
Jessica Picha, 8th, 55 Hurdles (8.74)

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