Release: June 17, 2009
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cross country inks seven high school seniors
VESTAL, N.Y.--The Binghamton
cross country program has the announced the signing of seven
high school standouts. Five men and two women inked National
Letter of Intents and will join the Bearcats during the 2009-10
On the men's side, Jeff
Martinez (Binghamton, N.Y.) is from Johnson City High School.
This past weekend, he won the overall title in the 3,200 at the
New York State Outdoor Track Championships. His time of 8:57
smashed the 19-year Section 4 record of 9:05. As of June 16,
Martinez has the 14th-best high school 3,200 time in the nation.
In cross country, Martinez is a two-time New York State Sports
Writers Association (NYSSWA) All-State selection. After being
named to the fourth team in 2007, he was a second-team pick as
a senior. At the Northeast Footlocker Race, Martinez placed 20th.
Jason Santos (Smithtown, N.Y.) hails from Smithtown High
School. He was named second team all-state by the NYSSWA after
placing 10th at the New York State Federation Meet. He also placed
fifth at the Class AA State Meet.
During the track season, Santos captured the Section 11 title
in the 3,000 Steeplechase with a personal-best time of 9:32.90.
Vasili Papastrat (Binghamton, N.Y.) arrives from Binghamton
High School. He was a NYSSWA fourth-team all-state selection
as a junior and a sixth-team pick as a senior. Papastrat captured
the Section 4 Class AA cross country title last November.
Papastrat is also a two-time Section 4 track & field champion
in the 1,600. He won the 2008 race in a time of 4:18. His top
time is 4:15.7.
Brendan Connell (St. James, N.Y.) also hails from Smithtown
High School. He was a NYSSWA fifth-team all-state selection in
cross country. Connell's best track times are 4:23 in the 1,600
and 9:36 in the 3,200.
Mike Jennings (Bronx, N.Y.) is a middle distance runner
from Fordham Prep. His top times are 2:31 in the 1,000 and 4:20
in the 1,600. He will start competing during the track &
Also joining the Bearcats is Evan Bloomberg (East Northport,
N.Y.), who is from Northport High School. At last weekend's outdoor
track state meet, he clocked a time of 9:15 in 3,200. During
the cross country season, he was named sixth-team all-state by
Were very excited and look forward to working with
this years men's recruiting class," head cross country
coach Annette Acuff said. "This class is exactly what we
wanted and needed to advance our programs to the next level in
both our conference and region. I believe everyone will contribute
significantly as freshmen.
On the women's side, Lindsay Raulli (North Syracuse, N.Y.)
hails from Cicero North Syracuse High School. A state qualifier
in cross country, her top track times are 7:08.4 in the 2,000
steeple chase, 4:47.9 in the 1500m and 10:32 in the 3,000.
Ashley Maurer (Carmel, N.Y.) is a middle distance
runner from Carmel High School. Her top times are 2:14.6 in the
800 and 1:35.57 in the 600. Like Jennings, Maurer will start
competing during the track & field season.
Ashley and Lindsay are both very talented athletes and
should contribute right away as freshmen," Acuff said. "Im
excited about their potential and working with them in the future.