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Track and field star Jeff Derwin commits to Binghamton University

During a ceremony on Friday, May 12, Broadalbin-Perth senior Jeff Derwin signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to continue his track and field career at NCAA Division I Binghamton University next year.

Derwin, who currently leads all high school student-athletes in New York state in the shot put (60-8.75), inked the NLI flanked by his mother, sister and coaches.

“A little while ago, I didn’t even know if I was going to go to college, so now to sign with a Division I school is pretty cool,” Derwin said. “I went there [Binghamton] and I loved the place — I loved everything about it. It was beautiful. Everybody, from the coaches to the throwers that I met with, they were friendly as can be.”

Derwin said he also considered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University at Buffalo before choosing Binghamton.

“Jason [Kruger] and I are extremely proud of Jeff and what he’s accomplished,” said Tom McGivern, who coaches B-P’s throwers with Kruger. “I’ve been with Jeff since he was an eighth-grader, and the progression of what he’s accomplished from then until now is just phenomenal.”

Derwin said his goal is to end his high school career with a state championship. He and his Patriots teammates will next compete at the Foothills Council Championship starting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at Schuylerville High School.