Ti runner wins Duane Crammond scholarship

TICONDEROGA - The Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to an All-American.

Lee Berube, who earned All-America honors twice running for SUNY-Geneseo this past year, has been named winner of the sixth annual award.

The $1,000 award given by the LaChute Road Runners Club goes to a Ti High graduate who participated in varsity cross country and/or track & field who attends college full-time. The winner, selected by a scholarship committee, is a person who reflects the strong academic, athletic and character traits of Crammond.

Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.

"It means a lot to win this award," Berube said. "I really didn't know Duane, but I remember him at races and know people really respected him."

Berube finished second in the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA Division III indoor track championships in Greencastle, Ind., March 13.

A member of the SUNY-Geneseo team, he then ran a leg on the school's distance medley relay team that finished eighth at the national championship meet.

The top eight finishers in each event are named All America.

During the outdoor season Berube set personal records at 1,500 meters (3 minutes, 53 seconds) and 5,000 meters (14:29) and qualified for the national championship meet where he finished ninth at 5K.

"I was kind of disappointed (in the outdoor season)," Berube said, "but anytime you make it to nationals that's OK."

He also runs cross country. Last fall he led SUNY-Geneseo to its best-ever finish at the national championship meet.

Berube, who will be junior in the fall, won the state Class D cross county championship while at Ti High along with a slew of other Section VII and Champlain Valley Athletic Conference titles.

Berube is the son of Ellie and Jesse Berube of Putnam.

Mike Woods, SUNY-Geneseo distance and cross country coach, said the winter season was important for Berube.

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