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van Ingen and Garn advance to finals at NCAA East Region Track & Field Meet

Garn clocks second-fastest time in 800, van Ingen is seventh overall in 1,500

May 24, 2012

van Ingen and Garn advance to finals at NCAA East Region Track & Field Meet

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Freshman Jesse Garn was second overall in the 800 and senior Erik van Ingen was seventh in the 1,500, highlighting Binghamton’s performance in the opening day of the NCAA East Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The three-day meet is being held at North Florida.

Garn was second in his heat and second overall in the preliminary round, clocking a school-record time of 1:48.85. He finished behind Lance Roller of Virginia, who won the heat in a time of 1:48.65. Garn set the old school record of 1:49.16 earlier in the year at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic.

There were six heats of the 800. The top three finishers in each heat plus the next nine fastest times advanced to Friday’s finals, which will start at 7 p.m. on Friday. There will be three final heats. The top three finishers in each heat on Friday plus the next three fastest times will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held June 6-9 at Drake University.

van Ingen, meanwhile, was also second in his heat, clocking a time of 3:46.75. The three-time All-American finished behind Sam McEntee of Villanova, who crossed the line in a time of 3:46.37. Andrew Bayer of Indiana had the fastest overall time, winning the fourth and final heat in a time of 3:45.53.

The top five finishers in each of the heats, plus the next four fastest times advanced to Saturday’s finals, which will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be two heats, with the top five finishers, plus next two fastest times advancing to the NCAA Championships.

van Ingen is seeking to advance to his second consecutive NCAA Championship meet, having placed sixth overall in the 1,500 last year and earning first-team All-America honors. Garn is seeking to become the first freshman during Binghamton’s 11-year Division I era to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Also on Friday, senior Adam Quinn will compete in the 3,000 Steeplechase, which starts at 8:50 p.m.

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