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Berube receives scholarship

TICONDEROGA Lee Berube has added another honor to his collection. The three-time state champion distance runner at Ticonderoga High School, has been given the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 award is given each year by the LaChute Road Runners Club of Ti in memory of Crammond, a Ti runner who died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24. I remember trying to run with Duane at the Montcalm Mile, Berube said. He was a good runner and a good person. Berube said the award is also important because it comes from the LaChute Road Runners. Its a local club; my parents and family have been part of it for a long time, he said. It means a lot that local runners acre enough to support young guys like myself and others. In his scholarship application, Berube said the lessons of running have helped him in life. Running has been a driving force behind my success in high school and will continue to facilitate my success in the future, he wrote. This endurance sport requires certain characteristics in a person that enables them to face and overcome even the most daunting obstacles. Through training and racing I have developed many of these characteristics and use them daily to accomplish academic, social, as well as physical challenges that would have otherwise been impossible. Matt Karkoski, LaChute scholarship chairman, said Berube was an excellent choice for the award. We cant think of anyone better to receive this award, he said. Lees had a great senior year. The Ticonderoga High School senior won the Division II titles in the 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs at this springs state championship track meet. Along with his title in last falls state Class D cross country championship, that gives Berube three state crowns. Not only did Berube win the Division II 3,200 and 1,600 races, he set a school record in the two-mile in 9 minutes, 8.37 seconds and set a personal best of 4:20.86 in the mile. Berube, who is ranked among the top 10 students in his class at Ti High, will attend SUNY-Geneseo in the fall. Ti High has produced two other state champions, both in track and field. Jeremy Hall won the boys discus about 15 years ago and Andrea Staepel won the girls 800-meter run in 1998. Ticonderoga has never had a team win a state championship. Crammond, the valedictorian of the Ti High Class of 1999, was a cross country and track champion in high school. He went on to become an honor student at RPI, where he majored in engineering and was captain of the colleges cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPIs indoor and outdoor track teams. After graduation from college, Crammond dominated local race races. In 2003 he won the Montcalm Mile in Ticonderoga and the Race the Train event in North Creek. He was third in the Whiteface Uphill Run in Wilmington, fourth in the Prospect Mountain Road Race in Lake George and fifth in the Lake George to Bolton Adirondack Distance Run. He capped that season by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.

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