Immediate Release: September 7, 2006
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton Cross Country Previews: Bearcats open season with
Binghamton Invitational on Sept. 9
Binghamton men's and women's cross country squads open up their
seasons on Saturday at the Binghamton Invitational. It will mark
the first of six meets for the Bearcats this season.
The key meet of the year will be the America East Conference
Championship on Oct. 28 at Maine. The women's team was fourth
out of nine teams last season while the men's were eighth.
On Saturday, the Bearcats will square off against Columbia, Siena
and the Colgate women's team. The men's 8,000 meter race starts
at 10 a.m. while the women's 5,000 meter event begins at 11 a.m.
In its sixth season on the NCAA Division I level, the Binghamton
men's team appears to have the nucleus for a solid future. With
a pair of quality recruiting seasons under their belts, the Bearcats
are confident in their ability to climb the ranks in the America
"This is the most talented and committed men's team we've
had in my seven years here," head coach Annette Acuff said.
"While we are still young, the potential and dedication
is there. It is also the strongest team mentally that we have
Sophomores Adam Hill (Delmar, N.Y.) and Connor Martin
(Fairport, N.Y.) are the top two returnees. Hill, the team MVP
last season, won the Colgate Invitational and was the Bearcats'
top runner in three of the six other races. Martin was the runner-up
at the Colgate Invitational.
pair of freshman, Craig Coon (Penfield, N.Y.) and Chris
Gaube (Vestal, N.Y.) should make a significant impact this
season. Coon placed sixth at the Class AA state meet and 30th
at the New York Federation meet as a senior. Gaube won the Section
4A cross country title as a junior at nearby Vestal High School
and placed third in the Section 4AA race in 2005.
other returnees who ranked among the top five last season are
senior Jeff Herbert (Somerville, N.J.) and junior Mike
Wlodarski (Syracuse, N.Y.). Freshman John Carroll
(Ithaca, N.Y.) and Jonathan Peffley (Penfield, N.Y.) could
also rank in the top five this year.
The women's squad lost a pair of all-conference runners but return
sophomore Katie Radzik (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) who is already
the most accomplished Division I distance runner in school history.
In her freshman season, she won a pair of races, placed a program-best
third at the America East Conference Championships and earned
All-East Region honors. Radzik was the Bearcats' top runner in
every meet and was named the athletic department's Female Athlete
of the Year.
"Katie was extremely consistent last year," Acuff said.
"I'm excited to see what she can do with a year of experience
and maturity. She trained even more this summer and is very confident
in her abilities.
top newcomer on the women's side is freshman Kelda Nelson
(Hillsborough, N.J.), who placed fourth at the Skyline Conference
Championships last fall with a 5K time of 18:45. The Skyline
Conference is one of the most competitive conferences in New
Jersey. In addition, she clocked a 5K time of 19:42 at the Shore
Coaches' Meet, which was run on the toughest course in the state.
Senior Mary Tursi (Staten Island, N.Y.) was the squad's
third runner in the final four meets last season. Sophomore Jaime
Schulte (Tucson, Ariz) and freshman Stacy Meitzler (Athens,
Pa.) also appear poised to be primed for solid seasons.