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Men place second, women third at America East Outdoor Track Championships
Bearcats record highest-women's finish at AE outdoor meet, men runner up for third year in a row
May 6, 2012Tweet
ORONO, Maine—- Seniors Erik van Ingen, Jesse Fuca and Kaitlin Sullivan as well as junior Jessica Hennig all won individual titles, highlighting Binghamton’s performance on the final day of the America East Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The men’s team was the runner-up for the third year in a row overall while the women squad was third. Albany swept both team championships.
The Binghamton women’s squad recorded their highest finish ever at the America East Outdoor Championships and their best performance since coming in third at the 2002 indoor conference championships. The men’s squad, meanwhile, was missing several key performers due to injuries but managed to hold off Boston to claim second place (147.5-145 points).
“Our men’s and women’s teams performed as well as any teams I have had at Binghamton,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “It was a truly inspired performance by everyone and I absolutely could not be more proud of the men and women on our teams.”
Following the meet, Thompson along with assistants Annette Acuff, Natilee Dawkins and Gabe Fletcher were collectively named the America East Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year. The quartet also earned the honor following the 2011 America East Indoor Meet.
In his final conference meet, van Ingen took first place in the men’s 800 with a time of 1:50.50. He later anchored the first-place 4x800 team, which also included freshman Jesse Garn, sophomore Chris Fernandez and senior Jesse McCormick. Garn also was third in the 1,500 (3:49.73) while Fernandez and McCormick were fourth and eighth in the 800 with time of 1:52.16 and 1:54.10 respectively.
Van ingen will graduate with seven individual America East track & field champions and has anchored three first-place relay teams. He also won the 800 at the conference indoor meet back in February.
After winning the past three conference indoor titles in the 400, Hennig got her long-awaited first outdoor title in the same event. She nipped defending conference outdoor champion Allison Rogers of Albany to win in a school-record time of 54.47. Hennig set the previous mark of 54.87 in 2010.
Sullivan capped off a banner year with her first America East Conference title. She won the 100 hurdles in a school-record time of 13.96. In the process, she became the first Binghamton runner ever to break 14 seconds in the event. Sullivan, who later placed fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:02.43), set the previous school record of 14.02 earlier this season.
Also winning his first conference title was Fuca, who grabbed first place in the men’s 110 hurdles with a time of 14.51. He went on to place eighth in the 400 hurdles (56.79).
The most impressive event for the women, however, was the triple jump, in which the Bearcats took five of the top eight places. Sophomore Alexis Murray led the charge with a second-place finish (38-7 ½) and fellow sophomore Paige Ware was third (38-2 ¼). Senior Nandi Dozier-Lewis (fifth, 38-0), freshman Alexx Baum (sixth, 37-5 1/4) and freshman Sarah Wickes (eighth, 36-6 1/4) also cracked into the scoring column.
Hennig, Sullivan and sophomore Erika Kisel and Kathleen Klein sealed third place in the meet with a runner-up performance in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay (3:47.24). Earlier in the meet, Kisel was sixth in the 400 (57.15).
Also on the women’s side, meanwhile, junior Ashley AuPont was third in the high jump (5-5 ½) and eighth in the 100 hurdles (15.19).
Other top finishers on the men’s side included junior Casey Gilbert, who was third in the 400 hurdles, and freshman Pat Heikklia, who was third in the shot put (52-1 ¼). Junior Greg Feathers was fourth in the discus (156-00) and junior Adam Helman was fifth in the decathlon (6,108).
After placing seventh in the 10,000 on Saturday, junior Anthony Geatani came back to place sixth in the 5,000, scoring three key points in the Bearcats’ quest to hold on to second place. It was the second-to-last event of the afternoon.
Up next for Binghamton is the ECAC/IC4A Championships, which will be held May 11-13 at Princeton.
NOTES: Binghamton finished the meet with 11 all-conference selections on the men’s team and eight on the women’s squad. Individuals who place top-three in an event and members of a winning relay team earn all-conference honors. The eight all-conference selections is the most for the women’s squad since it had 11 in 2007. In addition, the three individual conference winners is the most since they had five first-place finishers in 2007. Freshman Camille Ginyard won the pole vault on Saturday … the men’s 11 selections represents its second most during its America East era, trailing only the 15 honorees last year.
TOP MEN’S FINISHERS
Jesse Fuca, 1st, 110 Hurdles (14.51) IC4A
Erik van Ingen, 1st, 800 (1:50.50) IC4A
Jesse Garn, 3rd, 1,500 (3:49.73) IC4A
Pat Heikklia, 3rd, Shot Put (52-1 ¼) IC4A
Casey Gilbert, 3rd, 400 Hurdles (52.91) IC4A
Greg Feathers, 4th, Discus (156-00)
Chris Fernandez, 4th, 800 (1:52.16)
Adam Helman, 5th, Decathlon (6,108)
Cazal Arnett, 6th, 400 (49.24)
Colin Anderson, 6th, Discus (146-9)
Anthony Gaetani, 6th, 5,000 (14:55)
Jesse McCormick, 8th, 800 (1:54.10)
Jesse Fuca, 8th, 400 Hurdles (56.79)
TOP WOMEN’S FINISHERS
Jessica Hennig, 1st, 400 (54.47) SR, ECAC
Kaitlin Sullivan, 1st, 100 Hurdles (13.96) SR, ECAC
Alexis Murray, 2nd, Triple Jump (38-7 ½)
Ashley AuPont, 3rd, High Jump (5-5 1/2)
Paige Ware, 3rd, Triple Jump (38-2 ¼)
Kaitlin Sullivan, 5th, 400 Hurdles (1:02.43)
Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 5th, Triple Jump (38-0)
Erica Goldberg, 6th, Heptathlon (4,407)
Erika Kisel, 6th, 400 (57.15)
Alexx Baum, 6th, Triple Jump (37-5 ¼)
Ashley AuPont, 8th, 100 Hurdles (15.19)
Ivory Taussig, 8th, 100 (12.56)
Sarah Wickes, 8th, Triple Jump (36-6 ¼)
FINAL MEN’S TEAM SCORES: Albany 181, Binghamton 147, Boston Univ. 145.5, Maine 97.5, New Hampshire 84.50, UMBC 78.5, Vermont 56, Stony Brook 43, Hartford 23
FINAL WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES: Albany 185, Boston 130, Binghamton 124.5, UMBC 105, Vermont 90, New Hampshire 88.50, Maine 56, Stony Brook 48, Hartford 30
BINGHAMTON MEN’S ALL-CONFERNECE (11): Erik van Ingen, Jesse Garn, Chris Fernandez, Jesse McCormick, Jesse Fuca, Pat Hiekklia, Adam Quinn, Robb Quiller, Chris Veney, Cal Michaels, Eric VanAernam
BINGHAMTON WOMEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE (8): Jessica Hennig, Kaitlin Sullivan, Alexis Murray, Ashley AuPont, Paige Ware, Camille Ginyard, Rachel Miura, Jenna Marrione