For Immediate Release: October 24, 2006
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Cross country squads head to America East Conference championships this weekend

VESTAL, N.Y.-- The Binghamton men's and women's cross country teams travel to Orono, Maine this weekend for the 2006 America East Cross Country Championship. It will mark the sixth year that the Bearcats have taken part in the event.

Sophomore Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), who placed a program-best third in the meet last season, has been the women's top runner this year. After winning the season-opening Binghamton Invitational, she placed 13th in the presigious Lehigh Paul Short Run and was sixth at the Lafayette Invitational two weeks ago.

Freshmen Kelda Nelson (Hillsborough, N.J.) is the women's second runner heading into the championship. At the Lafayette Invitational, she placed 16th overall. Senior Mary Tursi (Staten Island, N.Y.), who placed 23rd at last year's America East meet, is currently the team's third runner.

Freshman Stacy Meitzler (Athens, Pa.) and sophomore Jaime Schulte (Tucson, Ariz) have been consistent top five runners for the women's squad this season.

On the men's side, freshman Chris Gaube (Vestal, N.Y.) has been the Bearcats' top runner in every meet, a feat no one has accomplished during an entire season since Matt Dresser in 2001. Gaube was 28th in the Lafayette Invitational.

Fellow freshman Craig Coon (Penfield, N.Y.) has been the Bearcats second runner twice this season. The rest of the men's scoring has been shared by seniors Jeff Herbert (Somerville, N.J.) and Ben Hebdon (Groton, N.Y.) sophomores Adam Hill (Delmar, N.Y.) and Connor Martin (Fairport, N.Y.) and freshman John Carroll (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Last season, the America East Conference Championship was held at Binghamton. The women were fourth out of nine schools while the men were eighth. Boston squeaked out a 16-point win over Stony Brook in the women's meet while UMBC claimed a 10-point win over New Hampshire in the men's race.

The top 10 finishers in each race earn all-conference honors. Radzik is seeking to become the second Binghamton women's runner to earn the accolade two years in a row. Stacy Kramer was 10th in 2004 and seventh last season. On the men's side, Dresser remains the only Binghamton men's runner to earn all-conference honors. He was ninth in 2001.

The men's 8K race starts at noon while the women's 5K race starts at 1 p.m.


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