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Erik van Ingen invited to compete in Millrose Games
Two-time All-American to take part in the Wanamaker Mile on Feb. 11 at the New York City Armory
January 4, 2012
VESTAL, N.Y.—Fifth-year senior Erik van Ingen has been selected to compete in the upcoming Millrose Games, which will be held Feb. 11 at the New York City Armory. The two-time All-American will compete in the Wanamaker Mile, along with other top collegiate runners and several professionals.
Since 1914, the Millrose Games has been one of the top annual indoor track & field meets in the world. There have been 202 athletes who have shared the distinction of being both Millrose Games and Olympic champions. The Wanamaker Mile has been the featured event of the meet each year, and has been won by accomplished runners such as Glenn Cunningham, Kip Keino, Tony Waldrop, Filbert Bayi, Steve Scott, Noureddine Morceli, Bernard Lagat, Marcus O’Sullivan and Eamonn Coghlan.
“This is an fantastic event for Erik to take place in,” assistant track & field coach Annette Acuff said. “He is very excited about this opportunity. It is a big accomplishment for him to be invited and we are looking forward to it.”
After placing fifth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year, van Ingen finished sixth in the 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His top time in the mile remains 3:57.11, which he set in winning the Boston/Valentine’s Meet on Feb. 12, 2011. A handful of other All-Americans are expected to join van Ingen in the Wanamaker Mile.
This marks the first year that the the Millrose Games will be held at the New York City Armory. They have been held at Madison Square Garden since its inception.
NOTES: van Ingen is a five-time NCAA qualifier, having also advanced to the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships as well as both the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships. He placed a career-best 43rd at the 2010 cross country meet ... in 2010, van Ingen was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Acuff, meanwhile, was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Assistant Coach that same season ... since transferring to Binghamton in 2008, van Ingen has won five individual America East track titles as well as the 2009 America East individual cross country championship. In 2011, he was named the America East Most Outstanding Men’s Track Athlete following the 2011 indoor meet ... Binghamton won the America East cross country title in 2009 and has been the conference’s runner up during the past four indoor seasons. The Bearcats were also the conference’s outdoor runner-up in 2010 and 2011.