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Track & field squads compete at Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup
February 4, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—Fifth-year senior Erik van Ingen captured the men’s 800, highlighting the Binghamton track & field teams’ performances at the Penn State Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, which was held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on Saturday. In the team standings, the Bearcat men were seventh out of 14 teams while the women were 13th.
van Ingen, who will compete in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games next Saturday, clocked a first-place time of 1:49.70. He edged out runner up Russell Dinkins of Penn State (1:47.92) and smashed his previous school record of 1:51.89, which he recorded back in 2009. Although the NCAA-qualifying time was 1:47.30, van Ingen still met the IC4A-qualifying standard.
Elsewhere on the men’s side, junior Vasili Papastrat was second overall in the 5,000 (14:57), Ben Snodgrass was third (15:02) and Jason Santos was fifth (15:09). In the pole vault, senior Eric van Aernam was fifth (15-7).
On the women’s side, junior Rachel Miura was fifth in the 5,000 (17:30) while classmate Lindsey Raulli was seventh in the 3,000 (10:07).
While van Ingen heads to the Millrose games next weekend, the rest of Binghamton’s athletes will take part in either the Boston Valentine’s Meet (Feb. 10-11) or the Cornell Denault Invitational.