Immediate Release: August 31, 2005
With two all-conference runners returning and the America East Conference Championship taking place on its home course, the Binghamton women's cross country team is geared up for a successful 2005 season. Last year, the Bearcats placed fourth at the conference meet and with the home course advantage this season, the goal is to move up into the top three teams.
"We are excited about this season and are especially looking forward to the conference meet being here," head coach Annette Acuff said. "We have two runners who placed in the top 10 at the conference meet last year and we'd like to have three runners this season."
Senior Erica Angell, who placed eighth at last year's conference meet, returns for her final season. She was among the top few runners in the conference until illnesses slowed her down towards the end of the year. The highlight of 2004 campaign for her was winning the Albany Invitational, which featured many of the best runners in the America East.
"Erica has done a lot of work over the summer to get ready for this season," Acuff said. "Our main focus is on keeping her healthy because when she is, she is one of the top runners in the conference."
Fellow senior Stacy Kramer was the most improved runner on the team a year ago. She placed 10th at the conference meet and ended the season with a second-place showing at the ECAC Championship.
"Stacy will continue to be very competitive in the conference," Acuff said. "She had a great season a year ago and we expect her to do well."
This year's top newcomer is freshman Katie Radzik, who is coming off an impressive high school track career. She placed fifth in the 2005 New York State Outdoor Championships this past spring with a 9:55 time in the 3,000.
"Katie will make an immediate impact at the top of our team," Acuff said. "She is a great runner, has a lot of potential and should make a smooth adjustment to college cross country."
Junior Taryn Menard and freshman Jaime Schulte are two other runners who figure to be mainstays among the top five runners on the team.
2005 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW
With five of its 10 runners being freshmen, the Binghamton men's cross country team enters the 2005 season with one of its youngest squads in recent history. Still, the squad appears as talented as it is young. By the time the team hosts the conference meet, the goal is to improve upon last season's seventh-place performance.
"The success of our freshmen will go a long way in determining how we do this season," Acuff said. "They are talented and we hope they can make a quick adjustment."
The top returning runner on the men's team is senior Prahlad Genung, who placed sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase at last season's track conference championships. After being named the cross country team MVP in 2004, he is determined to make the most of his final year.
"Prahlad has been a very good runner for us," Acuff said. "He is a tough competitor who always gives it 100 percent."
A pair of freshmen, Adam Hill and Connor Martin, also figure to be among the top runners on the team. Both are from New York State and have had very productive summers of training.
"Adam and Connor are among the most fit runners on the team and have trained as hard as anyone," Acuff said. "They will help our team right away. So far, they have adjusted very well to college cross country."
Also figuring to be near the top runners are graduate student Dan Jordy, who will be the team captain, sophomore Ben Hebdon and junior Jeff Herbert.
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