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van Ingen and Quiller to compete on Thursday at U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials
Binghamton's two most accomplished Division I athletes to compete within the same hour
June 27, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—For the past eight years, Rory Quiller and Erik van Ingen have put the Binghamton athletic program on the national map. On Thursday, they will both be taking part in the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, which are being held in Eugene, Oregon. Quiller, a 2008 graduate who won that year’s NCAA indoor pole vault title, will compete in the finals of that event starting at 8:05 EST (5:05 p.m. PST). van Ingen, a 2012 graduate who ended his career as a four-time All-American, will be in the 1,500 preliminaries starting at 7:20 p.m. EST (4:20 p.m. PST).
Quiller, who making his second straight trip to the U.S. Olympic Trials, was a five-time America East individual champion, a five-time NCAA qualifier and a three-time All-American, remains the lone Binghamton athlete to capture a NCAA Division I individual national championship. van Ingen, meanwhile, won 11 individual America East titles, advanced to seven NCAA championship meet and earlier this month, became the first Binghamton Division I athlete to be named an All-American four times during their career.
In January 2008, van Ingen transferred to Binghamton from Canisius. Because of transfer rules, he was unable to compete during that season, but was on the squad during Quiller’s historic run to the NCAA title.
“He’s the best,” van Ingen said. “No one has been able to do what he has.”
Quiller, on the other other, got his first look at van Ingen during an indoor meet at the Events Center in February 2008. van Ingen ran unattached in the mile but won the race going away.
“I had no idea who he was,” Quiller said. “One of our guys broke the school’s indoor record in the mile that night and Erik was way ahead of him. When I found out that Erik was on our team and going to be racing in the spring, I thought that was great.”
van Ingen is scheduled to take part in the first of three rounds on Thursday. The top 24 times will advance to the semifinals, which will be held the following day at 7:25 p.m. EST. From there, the top 12 performers will advance to the finals, which will take place on Sunday, July 1 at 7:37 EST. The top three finishers in the finals will qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London, England July 27-August 12.
The NBC Sports Netword (NBCSN) will air the semifinals live and NBC will televise the finals live.
“I am really excited for Erik,” Binghamton assistant coach Annette Acuff said. “He has had a great career at Binghamton and deserves this opportunity.”
After mssing the finals in the pole vault four years ago, Quiller is happy to be in the finals for more reasons that one.
“It’s great to have made it this far,” Quiller said. “The best part is that now I get to hang around later in the week and see Erik run his first race. It will be great to see he and (assistant coach) Annette (Acuff) again.”