A Union-Endicott grad is racing into the history books on Binghamton University’s cross country team.

Bearcats senior Emily Mackay won the women’s individual title at the America East Cross Country Championships this past weekend. This secured her a bid to the NCAA Championships. Mackay is the first Binghamton female runner to ever advance to the NCAA Division I Championships, and the first to win a conference title since they moved up to Division I. She has been a dominant runner for the Bearcats since she transferred back home from Oregon State, winning two track and field America East titles as well. 

“It was a big goal of mine and something I was looking forward to for the past few months and I worked really hard for,” says Mackay. “So for that goal to come true, it was very special.”

Making all these historic accomplishments at her hometown college has made the experience even sweeter for Mackay. 

“It’s very special to have such a great opportunity so close to home,” says Mackay. “It means a lot, it’s great.” 

Mackay is one of 38 runners to earn a bid to nationals. The NCAA Championship Cross Country Championships will take place March 15th at Oklahoma State.