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Women place fourth, men seventh at America East Conference Championships


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The women's team placed fifth while the men's team placed seventh out of 10 competing teams as Binghamton's cross country squads competed at the America East Conference Championships in Albany. New Hampshire won both the men's and women's team titles.

For the women's team, the fifth-place finish is its highest showing in three appearances at the America East Conference Championship. With 117 points, Binghamton finished one point behind fourth-place Boston and four points behind third-place Albany. The Bearcats have now finished in the upper half of all six meets they have competed in this season.

Sophomore Erica Angell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Speckenkill) was Binghamton's top runner in the 5K race, placing 12th in a time of 18:28. Fellow sophomore Kathryn Murnane (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) placed 15th (18:40) while junior Lindsey Bohrer-Yardley (Oneida, N.Y./Vernon/Verona/Sherrill) was 20th. Rounding out the scoring for Binghamton were freshman Mary Tursi (Staten Island, N.Y./ St. John's Villa), who finished 31st (19:08), and sophomore Joy Romulus (Washingtonville, N.Y./ Washingtonville), who finished 39th (19:19).

"It was a solid race for the women's team," head coach Annette Acuff said. "We knew it would be very close between us, Boston and Albany. Erica ran a great race for us."

Senior Kellen Wadach (Ithaca, N.Y./ Ithaca) led the men's team by placing 30th with an 8K time of 27:08. Junior Pete Chambers (Newark, N.Y./ Newark) was right behind him, placing 32nd with a time of 27:15. Finishing up the scoing for the men's team were junior Sergey Shteyn (Staten Island, N.Y./ Tottenville), who was 44th (27:51), along with freshman Tom Williams (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./ Arlington), who was 46th (27:51) and Dominic Catalano (Spring Grove, Pa./ Spring Grove Area), who finished 54th (28:09).

"Kellen hadn't been able to run in a while and we weren't sure how he'd do today," Acuff said. "But he went out there and did really well today."

NOTE: Angell's 12th-place finish is the best individual effort turned in by a Binghamton runner in the women's meet. Lauren Tuchband was 14th in the 2001 meet.


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