Graduate student Dan Schaffer and senior Emily Mackay swept the men’s and women’s individual titles, leading the Binghamton cross country teams to first-place finishes at the America East Pre-Conference Meet on Saturday at New Hampshire. The races were held on the same course that the America East Championships will take place on Oct. 29.
Schaffer clocked a first-place time of 24:36 for the 8,000-meter course. He finished 18 seconds ahead of runner-up Samuel Mills of Maine. It marked the third individual title of Schaffer’s career.
Junior Matthew Cavaliere was the Bearcats’ second men’s runner, placing fourth with a time of 25:14. Sophomore Josh Stone was sixth (25:25), senior David Leff was seventh (25:27) and junior Matt Jacob was 10th (25:52).
There were 63 finishers in the men’s race.
The Bearcat men recorded a winning score of 28 points in the seven-team race. Vermont was second with 56 points.
“It felt great to get back out on the cross country course and bust some rust today,” Schaffer said. “I’m proud of how my teammates ran and we are looking forward to racing the rest of the season. We aim to continue the success we had today.”
In the women’s race, Mackay covered the 5,000-meter course in a time of 17:21. She finished five seconds ahead of senior teammate Aziza Chigatayeva (17:26). For Mackay, it was also the third individual title of her career.
Finishing up the scoring for Binghamton were sophomore Sheridan Talada in fifth place (18:18), sophomore Carolyn Burnell in 12th place (18:34) and graduate student Elisabeth Van Tassell in 14th place (18:39).
There were 76 finishers in the women’s race.
Binghamton scored just 34 points, which was 21 points ahead of runner up New Hampshire (55). There were also seven teams in the women’s meet.
“I am so proud of how we performed as a team today,” Mackay said. “The goal was to come out, see the course and put in a good first effort as a rust buster. The team did a great job of working together and everyone put forth their best effort. The resulting wins for both teams was the cherry on top of a great day!”
Up next for the Bearcats is the Lehigh Paul Short Run on Oct. 1.