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.
"He's had a terrific season and his two All-America season this winter is just the tip of the ice-burg for him," Woods said. "I hope he can stay healthy the rest of the way and you will see more outstanding performances from him.
"He's a hard worker and fun to coach," the coach said. "He's still learning how to race, but he's put up great numbers so far. "
Berube is a biology and secondary education major at Geneseo. He hopes to become a high school teacher and coach.
Matt Karkoski, scholarship committee chairman, said Best is a good choice for the award. Best has many of Crammond's attributes, he said.
"Duane was a great runner, but he was so much more," Karkoski said. "He set a great example for younger runners through his work ethic and determination to succeed.
"We're pleased we can honor Duane with a scholarship and, at the same time, help someone meet their college goals," he added.
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 college's cross country team. He was also the leading distance runner on RPI's 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.
Those who wish donate toward the scholarship can send contributions to Karkoski at 25 Black Point Road, Ticonderoga 12883.