Binghamton mens cross country team starts its second season
in the America East Conference with a roster the blends both
experience and youth. Head coach Annette Acuffs squad consists
of four seniors, three sophomores and a freshman.
We are excited about this season, Acuff said. We
have a good mix of veterans and underclassmen. When it comes
time for the conference meet, the experience from last season
will help the team.
The top two runners on the mens team this season are sophomore
Sergey Shteyn and senior Kellen Wadach.
As a freshman, Shteyn was a pleasant surprise on last seasons
squad, finishing second on the team in two meets and third in
another meet. Although he struggled with injuries during the
latter part of the 2001 campaign, he appears to be healthy and
ready to make the most out of this season.
Sergey is a very tough, intense and committed runner,
Acuff said. After his injury last season he should be even
more motivated to do well this year.
Wadach has been a mainstay on the squad the past three seasons.
In 2001, he finished among the teams top five runners in
six of the Bearcats eight races. Twice he was the second-fastest
runner on the squad.
Kellen should do very well this season, Acuff said.
With his experience, we are also looking for him provide
Three other runners who figure to be among the top scorers are
senior Bobby Heytota, sophomore Peter Chambers
and freshman Prahlad Genung.
Heytota finished the 2001 season strong, scoring in four out
of the last five races. He was Binghamtons third-fastest
runner at the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Chambers scored in each of the final three meets last season.
At the America East Championships, he was Binghamtons second-fastest
Genung is the lone freshman on the squad. Hailing from Afton,
N.Y., he was a standout performer at Afton Central High School,
where he was a three-time Class D state qualifier and four-year
2002 schedule includes invitationals at Colgate (Sept. 7), Syracuse
(Sept. 21) and Albany (Oct. 12). Also on the schedule is the
prestigious Lehigh Paul Short Run (Sept. 28), which will include
many top teams from the East and Midwest.
The biggest race of the season, however, will once again be the
America East Conference Championships, held Nov. 2 in Boston.
Last season, Binghamton finished seventh out of nine teams, but
is determined to improve upon that finish this season