President's Report Masthead
March 31, 2015

Team and individual accomplishments

Runner Garn at NCAA Championship

Senior middle distance runner Jesse Garn traveled to Arkansas for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day event began Friday, March 13, at the University of Arkansas. Garn competed in the 800 meters, an event in which he is currently ranked sixth out of the 16 qualifiers.

ESPN3 aired both days of the championships. A tape delayed version of the meet also aired on ESPNU Monday, March 23..

The top 16 performances in each event during the current season advanced to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Garn clocked his best time of 1:46.98 at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 14. The fastest time of 1:46.09 was recorded by Edward Kemboi of Iowa State in that same race.

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) awarded All-America honors following the championships. The top eight finishers in each individual event earned first-team honors while finishers 9-16 will earn second-team honors.

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Two wrestlers advanced to NCAA Championship

Tyler Deuel and Jack McKeever of the Binghamton wrestling team competed at the 2015 NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center in March. Deuel was the 13th seed in the heavyweight bracket, while McKeever was unseeded in the 184-pound division.

The NCAA Championships got underway Thursday, March 19. The event ran through Saturday, with the championship bouts coming Saturday night. ESPN3 broadcast every match, while ESPN will broadcast the finals in each weight class.

Deuel, a senior from Waterloo, New York, won the 2015 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Heavyweight Championship two weeks ago. He entered the weekend on a 15-match winning streak.
McKeever is a junior from Brookfield, Connecticut. He went 23-14 this season and finished sixth at EIWAs.

The top eight grapplers in each weight class will earn All-American honors.

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Former baseball standouts head to Spring Training

As Binghamton baseball begins its quest for a third consecutive America East title and return trip to the NCAA Regionals in 2015, several former standouts are continuing their professional careers. Here’s a capsule look at the five former Bearcats with MLB affiliations.

Murphy Smith (RHP - 6’3 - 210 Clifton Park, N.Y.)
• Begins his seventh season of pro ball in the Oakland Athletics organization

Mike Augliera (RHP - 6’0 - 200 - Old Bridge, N.J.)
• Begins his fourth season of pro ball in the Boston Red Sox organization

Bill Bereszniewicz (OF - 5’10 - 170 - Sudbury, Mass.)
• Begins his second season of pro ball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization

Scott Diamond (LHP - 6’3 - 220 - Guelph, Ontario)
• Free agent who is still considering options for 2015, which will be his eighth year of pro ball

Lee Sosa (RHP - 6’2 - 215 - Bronx, N.Y.)
• Has spent last three seasons in Oakland Athletics organization

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Baseball upsets SEC member Auburn on ESPN3

Senior outfielder Jake Thomas went 4-for-5 with five RBI and Binghamton baseball (1-1) lit up Auburn pitching for 11 runs on 14 hits in an 11-5 win over the Tigers (1-1) Saturday afternoon from Plainsman Park.

The win was BU’s second-ever over an SEC school, with the first coming against Tennessee in 2010 (7-4). Having split the first two games of the three-game series, BU and Auburn will play the rubber game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

“It was a great effort from a lot of different guys today,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “Just a total team effort and win.”

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Men’s Swimming & Diving places fourth at ECAC Championship

The men’s swimming and diving team finish fourth overall at the conclusion of the third-day of the ECAC Championships being held at University of Pittsburgh.

Sophomore Ruan Zorgman continued to break school records on the last day of the championships. Zorgman broke his own school record in the 200 breaststroke event with a time of 1:59.05 a record he set last year with a time of 2:00.57. His time in the prelims earned Zorgman his third NCAA B-cut. Zorgman went on to break his school record he set that day by taking first place in the 200 breast with a time of 1:59.02.

The men secured a fourth place finish in the 400 free relay with sophomore Liam Cashin, freshman Travis Blank, and juniors Eric Farm and Brian McKenna finishing with a time of 3:03.81. McKenna then went on to take 5th in the 100 free event with a finishing time of 45.65.

Senior Devin Zdanowski took third in the one-meter diving event with 291 points. While freshman Ryan O’Connell took seventh in the same event with a final score of 230.50.

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Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field shine at America East Championship

The Binghamton men’s and women’s track & field teams continued their impressive tradition of strong performances at the America East Indoor Championships. In this year’s meet, the Bearcat men were the runner up for the third year in a row while the women were third. All nine conference schools competed at the championships.

The Binghamton men have now been the runner up to Albany seven times in the past eight seasons. The women, meanwhile, were also third in 2013 before earning runner up honors last year. Including the outdoor championships, the Bearcat women have now been a top-three finisher in six straight conference meets.

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Middle distance runner Garn named Northeast Region Athlete of Year

Senior middle distance runner Jesse Garn has been named the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast Region Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. It marks the first time in his career that he has received the honor.

In addition, assistant coach Annette Acuff has been named the USTFCCCA Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the third time in her career. She also earned the honor during the 2011 Indoor and 2012 Outdoor seasons.

Garn clocked the sixth-fastest NCAA Division I time in the 800 this season, when he ran a 1:46.98 at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 14. That time qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Track & Championships, which were held March 13-14 at the University of Arkansas.

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Both track teams earn spot among Northeast Region rankings

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has released its final Northeast Region Poll of the 2015 Indoor Season and both Binghamton teams are in the Top 15. The men’s team, which has now been ranked four times in six years, is at No. 14. The Bearcat women’s team, meanwhile, earns its first-ever final regional ranking, checking in at No. 12.

The men’s team was the runner up at the America East Indoor Championships last month. It marked its seventh such finish in the past eight season. Individually, senior Jesse Garn qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 800. Sophomore Jon Alkins, meanwhile, captured the 200 at the IC4A Championships.

Binghamton was previously ranked No. 10 in 2010, fourth in 2011 and sixth in 2012.

The women were third at the America East Indoor Championships, marking their third straight top-three finish at the meet. The Bearcats were the runner up last year and a close third in 2013. Sophomore Keishorea Armstrong tied for a meet-high 22 points and earned the America East Coaches’ Award. At the ECAC Championships, Armstrong was second in both the triple jump and 200.

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