Men's track team inks four high school seniors

The Binghamton University men's track and field team has received a national letter of intent from four high school seniors, all of whom will join the Bearcats for the 2003-04 season.

Joe Frieser (Endwell, N.Y.) is a sprinter from nearby Maine-Endwell High School. His top times are 22.6 in the 200 and 49.2 in the 400.

"Joe is a strong runner and well-rounded athlete who could come in and make an immediate impact on our team, Thompson said. "His ability to run well from 100 to 400 meters will help out tremendously."

Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) is from James I. O'Neill High School. His top performance in the pole vault is 15-1. He has also run the 110 hurdles in 14.7 and the 55 hurdles in 7.82. In his senior season, he placed second at the Indoor National Scholastic Championships in the pole vault. He also won the decathlon championship at the 2002 Empire State Games.

"Rory is one of the top track and field athletes in New York," Thompson said. "His main event will be the pole vault, but he will contribute in the hurdles and decathlon as well."

Kevin Hall (Glens Falls, N.Y.) is from Glens Falls High School. In the shot put, he placed fourth at the 2003 New York Indoor State Championships with a personal-best throw of 55-9.

"Kevin is one of the best shot putters in New York," Thompson said. "His focus will be in the shot and hammer, and he has the talent to score at conference in both events in 2004."

Rafiq Umar (Glenmont, N.Y.) is from Bethlehem High School. He won the state title in the triple jump with a personal-best distance of 46-1 1/2 at the 2003 New York Indoor State Championships. Umar was also second in the long jump with a personal-best distance of 22-11 1/2.

"Rafiq has jumped far enough to place at the America East meet," Thompson said. "He could also challenge Binghamton's long jump and triple jump school records in 2004."

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