For Immediate Release: October 31, 2009
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Binghamton men's cross country wins first-ever America East championship

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BURLINGTON, Vt.--The Binghamton men's cross country team completed its amazing turnaround by capturing its first-ever America East championships on Saturday morning at the University of Vermont. In addition, junior Erik van Ingen
became the first Binghamton runner to win the conference's individual title. The Bearcat men won the nine-team meet while the women were seventh. Furthermore, Annette Acuff and Joe Pienta were named the America East Men's Cross Country Staff of the Year for the first time in both of their careers.

Just three years after recording their second consecutive eighth-place finish at the America East meet, the Bearcat men won the program's first conference cross country title at any NCAA Division level. Binghamton finished with 30 points, ahead of three-time defending champion New Hampshire (60), Stony Brook (95) and University at Albany (119).

van Ingen, meanwhile, is the first Binghamton runner to win an individual cross country conference title since Art Gunther won the SUNYAC meet in 1991 and 1992. He covered the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:18.70.

For van Ingen and the Bearcats, the meet was historic on another level. The Bearcats are the first men's squad in nine years to sweep both the individual and team championships at the America East Meet. Boston University and Jochen Dieckfoss last attained that honor in 2000.

With eight runners finishing among the top 21 in the race, Binghamton left little doubt as to the meet's outcome. Graduate student Chris Gaube was second overall with a time of 25:26.10. It marks the second year in a row he has finished in the top three. Junior Casey Quaglia was fourth (25:40.80) while freshman Jeff Martinez placed 10th (26:01.70). Juniors Adam Quinn clinched the win with a 13th-place finish (26:10.90).

Junior Andrew Ugolino was 17th (26:21.00), freshman Evan Bloomberg was 19th (26:24) and senior Craig Coon was 21st (26:31). There were 81 runners in the nine-team race.

On the women's side, freshman Rachel Miura was the Bearcats top finisher, placing 10th in the 5,000-meter race in a time of 19:01.80. She is the first Binghamton female runner to earn all-conference honors since 2006.

Junior Sarah Veith was 33rd (19:59.20), junior Alicia Finger was 35th (20:10.20), freshman Lindsay Raulli was 37th (20:12.30) and junior Paulina Nunez was 39th (20:16.80).

Stony Brook won its third consecutive women's team championship. Corey Conner, a sophomore from the University of Maine was the individual winner with a time of 17:56.90.

Acuff, meanwhile, has been the head coach of both the Binghamton men's and women's cross country programs since 2000. Since 2004, she has had six all-conference selection on both the men's and women's cross country squads. A 1995 graduate of Oklahoma, she also serves as Binghamton's assistant track & field coach.

Binghamton heads to the NCAA Northeast Regional in Boston on Nov. 14.

PLEASE NOTE: This marks the first year that Binghamton has had runners from both the men's and women's squads earn America East all-conference honors ... the Binghamton cross country program began in 1950. Until 1997, Binghamton competed at the NCAA Division III level, in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). From 1998-00, the program was at the NCAA Division II level and was part of the New England College Conference. In 2001, Binghamton moved up to the NCAA Division I level and joined the America East Conference.

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