Section IV announces Hall of Fame inductees

BINGHAMTON – Oxford Academy graduate, Mike Chrystie, and former Norwich High School athletes Jason James, Joe Downey, and Katie Almeter, were all named to the Section IV Athletics Hall of Fame in a release this week from Section IV Interscholastic Sports Coordinator, Ben Nelson.

Chrystie lettered in five varsity sports in six seasons for the Blackhawks. Chrystie first gained acclaim for his exploits on the football field helping Oxford to three Section IV Class D titles in four seasons. He finished as the school’s all-time leading rusher (3,341 yards) and passer (3,048 yards), and became Section IV’s all-time leader scorer and all-time leader in points on kicks with 203.

As a senior, Chrystie switched from baseball to track and field, and had a memorable campaign in which he established a new sectional record in the 100-meter dash (10.4 seconds) in sweeping the 100- and 200-meter Section IV titles. Chrystie went on to win a state title in the 100 meters, and added the Federation title in the same event earning the honor as the fastest high school boy in 2001. Chrystie went 18-for-18 in 100-meter races, and was 17-for-18 in the 200-meter dash.

Chrystie went on to play four years at Colgate University excelling on special teams and at wide receiver. Chrystie was part of the 2003-2004 Colgate team that advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA national championship game where it fell to the Delaware.

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