The women's team placed fifth while the men's team placed seventh
out of 10 competing teams as Binghamton's cross country squads
competed at the America East Conference Championships in Albany.
New Hampshire won both the men's and women's team titles.
For the women's team, the fifth-place finish is its highest showing
in three appearances at the America East Conference Championship.
With 117 points, Binghamton finished one point behind fourth-place
Boston and four points behind third-place Albany. The Bearcats
have now finished in the upper half of all six meets they have
competed in this season.
Sophomore Erica Angell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Speckenkill) was
Binghamton's top runner in the 5K race, placing 12th in a time
of 18:28. Fellow sophomore Kathryn Murnane (Rockville Centre,
N.Y./Oceanside) placed 15th (18:40) while junior Lindsey
Bohrer-Yardley (Oneida, N.Y./Vernon/Verona/Sherrill) was
20th. Rounding out the scoring for Binghamton were freshman Mary
Tursi (Staten Island, N.Y./ St. John's Villa), who finished
31st (19:08), and sophomore Joy Romulus (Washingtonville,
N.Y./ Washingtonville), who finished 39th (19:19).
"It was a solid race for the women's
team," head coach Annette Acuff said. "We knew it would
be very close between us, Boston and Albany. Erica ran a great
race for us."
Senior Kellen Wadach (Ithaca, N.Y./ Ithaca) led the men's
team by placing 30th with an 8K time of 27:08. Junior Pete
Chambers (Newark, N.Y./ Newark) was right behind him, placing
32nd with a time of 27:15. Finishing up the scoing for the men's
team were junior Sergey Shteyn (Staten Island, N.Y./ Tottenville),
who was 44th (27:51), along with freshman Tom Williams (Pleasant
Valley, N.Y./ Arlington), who was 46th (27:51) and Dominic
Catalano (Spring Grove, Pa./ Spring Grove Area), who finished
"Kellen hadn't been able to run in a while and we weren't
sure how he'd do today," Acuff said. "But he went out
there and did really well today."
NOTE: Angell's 12th-place finish is the best individual
effort turned in by a Binghamton runner in the women's meet.
Lauren Tuchband was 14th in the 2001 meet.