Athletics earn four AE All-Academic selections


VESTAL, NY – Seniors Stephanie Cassens and Aziza Chigatayeva as well as graduate students Dan Schaffer and Emily Mackay were named to the 2022 America East Indoor Athletics Academic Team. They were each chosen based on a combination of their athletic and academic achievements.

To be eligible for All-Academic, student-athletes must have sophomore athletic eligibility, achieve a minimum 3.30 grade point average, and contribute to their team. The team is elected by a committee comprised of administrators of student-athlete support and sports communications from the Americas East as well as faculty athletic representatives.

The four winners from Binghamton played prominent roles at the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 25-26. They won a combined total of four individual titles as well as the two medley distance relays (DMR).

Cassens was chosen for the first time in her career. She captured her first career America East title when she won the women’s 500m title and joined Mackay and Chigatayeva on the top spot in the women’s DMR.

Chigatayeva won the women’s 3,000, marking her third career individual conference title as well as her first during the indoor season. She also won the last two 3000m steeplechase crowns at the East America Outdoor Championships (2019 and 2021).

It is Chigateyeva’s fifth career All-Academic honor, with three cross country accolades (2019-21) and a 2021 outdoor track selection.

Schaffer won his second straight men’s indoor mile and now has five individual America East championships. He also anchored the men’s DMR team which broke the conference record with a time of 9:42.03.

Previously, Schaffer has also won the last two outdoor 1,500m races and was the men’s individual cross-country champion last fall. His list of past America East academic honors includes three in cross country, three in outdoor track and the other during the 2020 indoor season.

Mackay, meanwhile, broke the America East Meet record in the women’s 800m (2:03.49) and anchored the winning team in the Distance Medley relay. She also finished second to Chigatayeva in the 3000m.

However, it was on the national stage that Mackay really made his mark during the last indoor season. She earned second-team All-America honors in the mile and 3,000m at the recent NCAA championships. Additionally, she clocked the fastest time in the women’s mile in the country last indoor season (4:30.94) and was named the Association’s Northeast Region Female Track and Field Athlete. United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA). Year.

The three women’s All-Academic selections are the most even for Binghamton since the 2012 outdoor track and field season.

Since the creation of the America East varsity teams in 2006, Binghamton has earned 27 men’s indoor track selections and 15 women’s selections.


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