Release: April 1, 2011
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men's cross country team honored for 2009 AE title
Cities Running Club (TCRC) recognizes BU for landmark season
Team Photo from TCRC Reception
Highlights of 2009 America East Meet
Interviews and Homecoming
VESTAL, N.Y.-- The Binghamton men's cross country team has been
recognized by the Triple Cities Running Club (TCRC) of Binghamton
for its 2009 America East team title. The Bearcats received the
TCRC President's Award at a reception earlier this week.
"The 2009 Binghamton University mens cross country
team are our Triple Cities Runners Club Presidents award
winners for 2010," TCRC President Tom Carter said. "They
were simply the best the team in the history of Binghamton University
and Harpur College. In my 41 years (of) following BU cross country,
I never would have thought their quality of performances would
reach the level they are at today. It was great to see."
On Oct. 31, 2009, Binghamton won the conference team title with
just 30 points, half of what runner-up New Hampshire accumulated.
Current senior Erik
van Ingen won the individual title while current graduate
Gaube was the runner up. Current senior Casey
Quaglia was fourth, current sophomore Jeff
Martinez was 10th and current senior Adam
Quinn finished the scoring with a 13th-place effort.
"Receiving the Triple Cities Runners Club Presidents
Award was such an honor," head coach Annette Acuff said.
"We sincerely appreciate the club recognizing our programs
"Getting the Triple Cities Runners Club President's Award
is certainly another great feather in our guys' caps," Gaube
said. "Speaking on behalf of the team I can say that we
were humbled to be recognized by the community and by TCRC which
does so much to promote running in the Greater Binghamton Area.
We thank them sincerely for recognizing our program and for recognizing
each team member and coach for his or her contributions."
In the 17 months since it won the conference title, much has
changed for the Binghamton men's cross country team. van Ingen
has advanced to four NCAA meets and was a first-team All-American
in the mile at last month's NCAA indoor track meet. Martinez
was the America East Conference's Most Outstanding Rookie at
the outdoor track championships last May. Gaube was named the
America East's 2010 Scholar Athlete, a first for any BU runner.
Acuff, meanwhile, was recently named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region
Men's Assistant Track Coach of the Year. Quaglia, Quinn and current
Ugolino (who was 17th at the 2009 cross country meet)
have all been significant parts of the Bearcats' runner-up finishes
at the last two conference indoor track championships as well
as at the 2010 outdoor meet.
Despite all of the successes the past year and a half, it was
the Bearcats' performance at the 2009 America East Cross Country
Championships that remains their signature meet.
"Looking back a year removed from winning the 2009 America
East Championship, the experience has left a great feeling of
fulfillment in my heart and the hearts of my teammates,"
Gaube said. "It was a special day where everything fell
in to place and every guy lived up to his potential. It was an
honor and a privilege to build a championship caliber team and
so many individuals were instrumental in making a dream a reality."