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Women win Colgate Cross Country Invitational, men take second


Junior Lindsey Bohrer-Yardley (Oneida, N.Y./ Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) won the women's race for the second consecutive year and senior Kellen Wadach (Ithaca, N.Y.) placed third in the men's race, as the Binghamton cross country teams opened up their 2003 campaigns at the Colgate Invitational on Saturday. The women finished first out of four teams with 12 points while the men were second out of seven teams with 27 points (Colgate won the meet with 13 points).

For Bohrer-Yardley, her winning time of 23:48 for the 6,000 meter course marked an improvement of 15 seconds from her performance last year. She won the 27-runner race by 23 seconds over sophomore teammate Erica Angel (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./ Speckenkill), who finished second in 24:11. Sophomore Kathryn Murane (Rockville Center, N.Y./ Oceanside) made it a clean sweep of the top three positions, finishing third in a time of 24:49.

"This was a great first race for the women's team,"head coach Annette Acuff said. "Lindsey's time speaks for itself but Erica and Kathryn (both of whom just transferred to Binghamton) are starting to pay off huge. We've had to close the gap between Lindsey and our second and third runners and they really give us the depth we need."

Rounding off the scoring for Binghamton were sophomore Allison Furey (Smyrna, N.Y./ Sherburne-Earlville), who finished sixth (25:08), and freshman Mary Tursi (Staten Island, N.Y./ St. John's Villa), who placed eighth (25:33).

For Wadach, it marks the second year in a row he has finished third in the men's meet. His time of 26:41 in the 49-runner race marks an improvement of 33 seconds from his 2002 showing. Junior Pete Chambers (Newark, N.Y.) was fifth overall (27:07)and freshman Tom Williams (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./ Arlington) placed 10th (27:47). Rounding out the scoring for Binghamton were junior Sergey Shteyn (Staten Island, N.Y./ Tottenville), who was 12th (27:53), and freshman Jeff Herbert (Somerville, N.J.), who was 13th (28:13).

"Today was a strong performance by the men's team," Acuff said, "Kellen's experience led to his improving like he did and our freshman really stepped it up for us."


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