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Men’s Distance Medley Relay places third at Penn Relays

Bearcats also record pair of first-place finishes at Cornell Invitational

April 29, 2012

Men’s Distance Medley Relay places third at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Freshman Jesse Garn, sophomore Chris Fernandez, junior Casey Gilbert and senior Erik van Ingen teamed up to place third overall in the College Men’s Distance Medley Championship of America at Penn Relays on Friday afternoon. The Bearcat quartet clocked a time of 9:43.08, which shaved over two seconds off the 2011 school record of 9:45.17.

In addition to recording their fastest time at the prestigious meet, Binghamton defeated teams from traditional distance running powers such as Oregon, Villanova, Texas, which had combined to win the race the previous six years.

“This was an absolutely huge performance by our guys,” assistant coach Annette Acuff said. “To run this well at such a prestigious meet and beat the schools we did was fantastic.”

For van Ingen, Friday race climaxed an eventful week, which started with a sixth-place finish in the 1,500 at the Mount Sac Relays last Saturday out in California. At Penn Relays, he ran the anchor leg and with a 1,600 time of 4:01, managed to make up significant ground.

“Erik was six seconds behind the leaders when he got the baton but he closed very well, Acuff said.”

Princeton won the race in 9:42.45 while Indiana was a close second in 9:42.68.

Garn ran the 1,200 leg in 3:00, Gilbert ran the 400 in 49.4 and Fernandez clocked a time of 1:51 in the 800.

Also at Penn Relays on Friday, senior Eric VanArnam was second in the Eastern Division Pole Vault, recording a height of 15-11 in the process.

On Sunday, the rest of the Binghamton track & field teams competed at the Cornell Invitational.

Freshman Collin Frost won the men’s 5,000 (14:57.45) while junior Jessica Hennig captured the women’s 200 (25.33). There was no team scoring at the meet.


Collin Frost, 1st, 5000 (14:57.45)
Pat Heikkila, 2nd, Shot Put (49-7 ¼)
Colin Anderson, 2nd, Hammer (158-7)
Colin Anderson, 2nd, Discus (149-10)
Greg Feathers, 3rd, Discus (147-4)
Jesse Fuca, 4th, 110 Hurdles (14.57) IC4A


Jess Hennig, 1st, 200 (25.33)
Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 3rd, Triple Jump (38-2 ¾ )
Alexx Baum, 3rd, 200 (25.37)   
Abby Oakes, 3rd, Shot Put (39-10 ¾)
Abby Oakes, 4th, Hammer (150-1)
Abby Oakes, 5th, Discus (126-1)
Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 5th, Long Jump (18-0 ½ ) 
Ivory Taussig, 5th, 100 (12.33)
Paige Ware, 5th, Triple Jump (37-10)


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