For Immediate Release: June 17, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton 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 academic year.

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 & field season.

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 the NYSSWA.

“We’re very excited and look forward to working with this year’s 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. "I’m excited about their potential and working with them in the future.”

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