Elaine Binkley
Elaine Binkley
Induction Year: 2018
Graduation Year: 2007
Sport: Cross Country/Track & Field

Elaine Binkley was a four-year letter winner and two-time All-American in cross country and track & field.

Binkley's career as a scholar-athlete at Denison is nearly unparalleled. She was the co-valedictorian of the Denison Class of 2017 and was not only a recipient of Denison President's Medal but an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar finalist.

In cross country, Binkley logged consecutive top-28 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships to earn All-American accolades. She was a four-time All-Great Lakes Region performer and was a first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection in each of her four years of competition. In 2003, Binkley was named the NCAC's Newcomer of the Year. As a senior, she earned her third-straight CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition, and prior to graduation, she was named the 2007 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for cross country and track & field.

In track & field, Binkley was a four-time NCAC champion, and in 2004, she was named the conference's Distance Runner of the Year. She collected eight All-NCAC honors in track & field and contributed to three NCAC championship teams in 2004 as the Big Red swept league titles in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.

Binkley graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University's College of Medicine in 2001 and went on to complete a residency at Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute in 2015.