Eagles' graduated star Paulina Nunez kicked off her collegiate running career with two meets already in hand for the SUNY-Binghamton Bearcats. Competing in Division 1 sports takes the running to a whole new level, and Paulina has already had a chance to compete against some top Eastern schools. The Bearcats feature a squad with 10 talented freshman among its 18 members, so Paulina has a strong challenge ahead of her this year.
On August 31, Paulina had her debut in the Seawolf Invitational hosted by Stony Brook University on Long Island. The Bearcats placed 3rd among 7 teams, edging Iona by 2 points and placing behind winner Stony Brook and 2nd place Quinnipiac. Paulina ran 17:56.60 in the 4K race to place 36th of 80 runners and 10th among the Bearcats.
The Bearcats hosted the Binghamton Invitatational 5K race on September 8th, and this time Paulina ran a 21:31 to place 37th and 9th on her team. The meet included Columbia, Syracuse and Colgate, and some of last year's top NY HS runners such as Carmel's Catherine DeSarle, now running for Syracuse, who finished 12th. Carmen Ballard of Columbia won the race in 18:55. SUNY Binghamton finished fourth out of the four scoring teams.
The Bearcats' young team should soon start moving up. Congratulations to Paulina for making the Bearcats squad and putting in the summer work so that she could pass or be on the heels of a number of runners who were higher ranked in the 2006 NY HS state rankings.
The Bearcats will have their final match on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Van Cortlandt Park for the IC4A Championships, and some Eagle support will be gathered there.
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