Release: February 11, 2011
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and McDonough named America East Scholar-Athletes
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Graduate
Gaube of the men's cross country team and senior outside
McDonough of the volleyball team, have been named America
East Scholar-Athletes for the fall 2010 season. The Bearcat duo
were among six student athletes honored by the conference for
their performances both in their respective sports as well as
in the classroom.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics
Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six fall championship
sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent
reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average
of 3.20. Binghamton was the only one of the nine member institutions
to have more than one honoree.
Gaube, a graduate student with a 3.50 GPA, completed his undergraduate
work in English with a 3.74 GPA and has been named to the America
East Commissioners Honor Roll every semester of his career.
A three-time member of the All-Academic Cross Country Team, the
Bearcat has recorded one of the top-10 individual times at each
of the last three America East Cross Country Championships to
earn all-conference recognition.
Gaube has served as team captain, including captain of the 2009
America East Championship squad. He placed sixth at the 2010
meet to help lead his team to a second-place finish. Two years
ago, Gaube placed a team-best third place and in the championship
season last year, he was the runner-up. He is the first member
of the Binghamton men's cross country squad to be named an America
"We are very happy for Chris," head cross country coach
Annette Acuff said. "He has done so much to transform our
program into a championship squad and has been one of the best
leaders I have ever known. That leadership has been just as evident
in the classroom."
McDonough, the third Bearcat to win the award (Megan Hoag, 2006/Jacki
Kane, 2007), posted a 3.41 GPA on her way to graduating with
a degree in mathematics and secondary education in just three
years. She is now currently working towards her master's degree
in mathematics adolescence education through Binghamton's Education
Department. She was also named to the America East All-Academic
Team for the third straight season becoming only the second student-athlete
to accomplish the feat since the team began in 2005.
During the 2010 season, McDonough amassed 392 kills on her way
to setting BU's all-time kills record with 1,469, breaking Michele
Heck's record of 1,445 set in 2004. McDonough's 3.88 kills per
set was tops in the conference, while finishing second in points
per set with 4.28. She also ranks third in school history in
kills per set (3.49) and fifth in digs (1,078) making her the
third Bearcat ever to finish their career with over 1,000 kills
and 1,000 digs. McDonough was named to the America East All-Conference
First Team for the third consecutive season.
"This is a great honor for Michelle," head coach Glenn
Kiriyama said. "Michelle is one of the finest players to
ever come through our program. Her dedication and commitment
to excellence has been the hallmark of her career both as a student
and as an athlete. Her contributions to the team the past four
years have been without equal."
Since Binghamton joined the America East in 2001, Binghamton
has had 23 America East Scholar-Athletes. This marks the first
athletic season the Bearcats have had multiple winners since
Rory Quiller of the men's indoor track & field squad and
Brenno Varanda of the men's swimming & diving team were honored
for the winter 2008 campaign.