You might say Miles B. Borden ’50 is on the right track. Some 63 years after setting Oswego State records for speed, Miles is still putting on miles.
As a member of the Laker track team, Miles crossed the finish line in the record-breaking mile-long relay race at Cortland State in May 1949. The invitational track meet brought together college track teams from Hamilton College, Hartwick, Brockport, Rochester, Cortland and Oswego.
Miles continues to run five days a week with his wife, Leona. Miles and Leona have been cross-country skiing for about 40 years and often head north instead of south for the winter. When he’s not on the road, track or trails, Miles enjoys studying local history with middle school and high school students.
Miles has written five local history books, his latest being The History of Kings Park.
He was president of the Kings Park Fire Department for six years and chaired the committee which established the department’s ambulance squad. Miles has since retired after serving as a volunteer trustee of the Smithsonian Library Board of Trustees for 20 years.
At Oswego, Miles was the student body president for the 1949-50 academic year and a member of Beta Tau Epsilon.
The Oswego Alumni Association and college Athletics Department welcomed five to the Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony Oct. 27 in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom. From left, tennis’s Richard Nelson ’70, soccer’s Donna Clark-Gayne ’89 (seated), track and field’s Wally Yelverton ’77, wrestling’s Mark Bowman ’83 (seated) and ice hockey’s Sean Fitzgerald ’89 were honored. The 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will take place Nov. 2. Visit alumni.oswego.edu/halloffame for more information.
Oswego State volleyball returned to SUNY Athletic Conference Playoffs for the first time since 1996 after turning in an overall record of 12-19 and a conference record of 2-4. The league victories also marked the first conference wins for the Lakers since the 2008 season. Oswego State eventually fell to NCAA qualifier New Paltz, 3-0, in the first round of the SUNYAC Playoffs.
Middle blockers Stephanie Bailey ’15 and Chelsea Crump ’13 received Second Team All-SUNYAC Western Division honors, becoming the first Lakers to earn all-conference recognition since 2007 when Heidi Armstrong ’08 was named Second Team All-SUNYAC Western Division. It also marked the first time that Oswego State had multiple honorees since 2005 when three players were acknowledged.
The Oswego State women’s soccer team closed out the 2012 SUNYAC schedule with a 1-0 overtime victory over Cortland to help the Lakers end the season at 7-9-0 overall and 3-6-0 in the league. The win was just the program’s second victory over the Red Dragons and the first since 2004. Bri Dolan ’15 scored eight points on three goals and two assists, becoming the first Laker women’s soccer player to be named First Team All-SUNYAC since Kathryn Stead ’05 was selected in 2002.
The Oswego State men’s soccer team remained in the SUNYAC race until the final day of the regular season, but came up just short of returning to the league championships with an overall record of 4-10-1 and a SUNYAC record of 3-5-1.
The squad posted back-to-back shutouts against Fredonia and Buffalo State late in the season. It marked the first time Oswego State had posted back-to-back shutouts in SUNYAC games since 2008, when the Lakers blanked Fredonia and Buffalo State. In the next contest, Oswego State knocked off Geneseo to post the program’s first three-game conference win streak since 2009.
The Oswego State field hockey team closed out the 2012 campaign on a three-game winning streak starting with a 1-0 win over Brockport to finish at 6-10 overall and 2-4 in SUNYAC play.
Forward Michelle Ruskey ’13 was named First Team All-SUNYAC after finishing the season second on the squad with 12 points on four goals — all of which came in conference contests — and four assists.
The Laker women’s tennis team battled past Alfred and St. John Fisher by the scores of 5-4 and defeated Wells, 8-1, en route to records of 3-12 overall and 0-3 in the SUNYAC West Division.
The Oswego State men’s golf team’s fall season was highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Championships with a two-day score of 660, which was the highest Laker finish since 2008 when the program placed fourth.
Oswego State won the Keuka Fall Invitational with a team score of 310 as Nick Sterling ’13 tied for medalist honors with a round of 76.
Men’s Cross Country
The Oswego State men’s cross country team placed fifth or better in every meet, including third-place results at the Houghton Invitational and DeSales Invitational, before finishing ninth at the SUNYAC Championships hosted by Fredonia. The Lakers later went on to tie for 26th at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships.
Women’s Cross Country
Three Laker women’s cross country runners established new personal-bests at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships, as the Oswego State women’s cross country team placed 25th two weeks after finishing ninth at the SUNYAC Championships.
Christina Sakowski ’14 posted the top time of the season and the fourth-fastest 6K time in program history at NCAA Regionals with a time of 23:57. Three teammates also moved onto the squad’s top times at 6,000 meters.
THE FAMILY OF THE LATE DAVID “AGARN” CRISAFULLI ’81 accepted a plaque made to honor him at the Baseball Reunion Weekend dinner last autumn. It was part of a weekend of events for former Laker players, coaches and fans. Pictured from left are Crisafulli’s sons, Austin and Dan; his sister Colette; mother, Margaret; and brother Dan.
The David “Agarn” Crisafulli ’81 Baseball Excellence Fund established in 2011 supports baseball travel, equipment and other expenses.
It was a banner year for the Oswego State men’s basketball team and Coach Adam Stockwell. The Lakers finished the season at 24-5 overall for the second-most wins in school history to make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the 88-year
history of the program.