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Men finish third, women fifth at America East Indoor Track Championships
Hennig wins third straight women's 400 title, van Ingen first in men's 800
February 18, 2012Tweet
BOSTON, Mass.—Junior Jessica Hennig won her third consecutive women’s 400 title and fifth-year senior Erik van Ingen captured the men’s 800, highlighting Binghamton’s performance in the final day at the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. The Bearcat men finished third out of nine teams with 108.50 points while the women were fifth with 74.50 points. Albany repeated as men’s team champions while the host Terriers won the women’s crown.
“Our team has been through a lot of adversity this year with injuries and staying healthy so we are very pleased with how we did this weekend,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “We were missing some key people but both teams responded with a lot of personal-best performances.”
Hennig becomes the first Binghatmon female athlete to win three straight America East track & field titles in the same event. On Saturday, she rallied to beat out Allison Rogers of Albany with a school-record time of 55.14. She set the previous school record of 55.69 last season.
“This one is very special compared to the other two,” she said. “It’s been a rough season staying healthy so the win means a lot to me. Allison and I have pushed each other to run our best times when we compete against each other.”
One day after anchoring the winning distance medley relay, van Ingen recorded a first-place time of 1:50.70 to win his sixth career individual America East track title. He also has been part of two first-place relay teams during his career.
Also on the women’s side, sophomore Alexis Murray was second in the triple jump (38-10 1/4) and Kaitlin Sullivan was third in the 60 hurdles (8.77). Sullivan has now broken her own school record five times this season. She set the previous mark of 8.79 in the trials on Friday evening. Junior Ashley AuPont, meanwhile, tied for third in the high jump (5-5 1/4).
Elsewhere on the men’s side, graduate student Jesse Fuca was third in the 60 hurdles with a school-record time of 8.20. The old mark of 8.24 was set by Adam Goldberg in 2006. Freshman Cal Michaels was third in the 3,000 while senior Nelson Hall tied for third in the high jump (6-5).
Binghamton had a program-best 11 men named to the all-conference team while the six women’s selection represented its highest total at an America East Indoor Meet since they had seven back in 2007. All-conference honors go to the top three finishers in an individual event as well as members of a winning relay team.
Up next for Binghamton is the ECAC/IC4A Championships, which will be held March 3-4 back at Boston University. van Ingen, meanwhile, heads to the NCAA Championships at Boise State March 9-10 to compete in the mile.
TOP MEN’S RESULTS
Erik van Ingen, 1st, 800 (1:50.70) IC4A
Cal Michaels, 3rd, 3,000 (8:19.88) IC4A
Jesse Fuca, 3rd, 60 Hurdles (8.20) SR, IC4A
Nelson Hall, T3rd, High Jump (6-5)
Zaid Al-Doori, 6th, 400 (49.81)
Mike Jennings, 5th, 500 (1:04.44) IC4A
Jesse Garn, 6th, Mile (4:10.40) IC4A
Andrew Ugolino, 7th, Mile (4:13.38) IC4A
Raul Avalos, 7th, 1,000 (2:30.43)
Michael Schieck, 8th, 1,000 (2:31.40)
Eric Ziegler, 8th, 60 (7.10)
Adam Quinn, 8th, 3,000 (8:24.30) IC4A
TOP WOMEN’S RESULTS
Jessica Hennig, 1st, 400 (55.14) SR, ECAC
Alexis Murray, 2nd, Triple Jump (38-10 ¼)
Kaitlin Sullivan, 3rd, 60 Hurdles (8.77) SR, ECAC
Ashley AuPont, T3rd, High Jump (5-5 ¼)
Alexx Baum, 4th, Triple Jump (38-6)
Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 5th, Triple Jump (37-6 ½)
Erika Kisel, 5th, 500 (1:15.12)
MEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE (11): Jesse Garn, Casey Gilbert, Andrew Ugolino, Erik van Ingen, Adam Quinn, Eric VanAernam, Robb Quiller, Colin Anderson, Cal Michaels, Jesse Fuca, Nelson Hall
WOMEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE (6): Camille Ginyard, Jenna Marrione, Jessica Hennig, Alexis Murray, Kaitlin Sullivan, Ashley AuPont.