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van Ingen places fifth overall in Wanamaker Mile at Milrose Games
Two-time All-American clocks lifetime-best time of 3:56.37, qualifed for third straight NCAA Indoor Championship
February 7, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Fifth-year senior Erik van Ingen placed fifth overall in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games, which were held on Saturday night at the New York City Armory . His time of 3:56.37 was a school-record and met the qualifying standard for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 9-10 at Boise State. Furthermore, van Ingen placed second overall among the six college runners in the meet.
“We couldn’t ask anything more from Erik tonight,” assistant coach Annette Acuff said. “This was a very competitive field and while we were hoping for 3:55, he still ran better than he ever has.”
Matt Centrowitz won the race in a facility-record time of 3:53.92. The old mark of 3:54.98 set by Ireland’s Mark Carroll in 2000. In second place was Miles Batty of BYU, who broke the NCAA record with a time of 3:54.54. The previous NCAA record of 3:55.02 was set by German Fernandez of Oklahoma State in 2009.
van Ingen has now qualified for six NCAA Championship meets during his career. In addition to three indoor meets, he also took part in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships as well as the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. Last year, he was fifth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Meet and sixth in the 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Batty won the indoor mile title, while Centrowitz won the 1,500 as a collegian at Oregon.
Saturday marked the third time in his career that van Ingen has broken four minutes in the mile. After winning the 2010 Penn State National Open with a time of 3:59.41, he lowered his school record to 3:57.11 in winning the Boston/Valentine’s Meet last year.
While van Ingen was at the New York City Armory, the rest of the track team took part in the Cornell/Kane Invitational on Saturday afternoon. There were five first-place finishes recorded by the Bearcas in the non-scoring meet.
On the women’s side, Junior Ashley AuPont won the women’s high jump and freshman Alexx Baum took top honors in the women’s triple jump. Both of them met the ECAC-qualifying standard. Also recording an ECAC-qualifying mark was sophomore Camille Ginyard, who was second in the pole vault (11-9 3/4).
In the women’s 60 hurdles, senior Kaitlin Sullivan broke her own school record in the 60 hurdles for the third time this season. She placed second overall in a time of 8.82. Her most recent record of 8.84 was recorded at the Cornell Upstate Challenge back on Jan. 22. Later in the meet, Sullivan was part of the first-place 4x400 relay team, which also included sophomores Kathleen Klein and Erica Kisel as well as freshman Mallory Clark.
Leading the Binghamton men’s squad were freshmen Jesse Garn and sophomore Ben Snodgrass. Garn took top honors in the 800, with a time of 1:54.37. Snodgrass, who transferred from Portland during the winter break, captured the 3,000 in a time of 8:36.42.
Binghatmon heads to the America East Championships, which will be held Feb. 17-18 at Boston University.
TOP MEN’S FINISHERS
Jesse Garn, 1st, 800 (1:54.37)
Ben Snodgrass, 3,000, 1st (8:36.42)
Colin Anderson, 4th, Weight Throw
Raul Avalos, 4th, 1,000 (2:33.95)
Zaid Al-Doori, 4th, 200 (23.04)
Eric VanAernam, 4th, Pole Vault (15-3)
Jesse McCornmick, 5th, 800 (1:57.35)
Chris Venery, 5th, 60 (7.09)
Eric Ziegler, 5th, Long Jump (22-10)
Chris Veney, 6th, Long Jump (22-8)
Adam Helman, 6th, Pole Vault (15-3)
Eric Ziegler, 6th, Long Jump (22-10)
Michael Schieck, 7th, 1,000 (2:34.59)
TOP WOMEN’S FINISHERS
Ashley AuPont, 1st, High Jump (5-7) ECAC
Alexx Baum, 1st, Triple Jump (39-1 3/4) ECAC
4x400, 1st (4:00.80)
Kisel, Klein, Sullivan & Clark
Kaitlin Sullivan, 2nd, 60 Hurdles (8.82) SR
Camille Ginyard, 2nd, Pole Vault (11-9 3/4) ECAC
Alexis Murray, 3rd, Triple Jump (36-9)
Kathleen Klein, 4th, 400 (1:01.26)
Jessica Hennig, 5th, 400 (1:01.55)
Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 5th, Triple Jump (36-9 1/2)
Abigail Oakes, 5th, Weight Throw (45-10 1/2)
Ivory Taussig, 6th, 60 (8.4)
Abigail Elliott, 6th, 1,000 (3:03.72)
Paige Ware, 6th, Triple Jump (36-5 3/4)
Mallory Clark, 7th, 200 (27.17)
Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 8th, Long Jump (17-4 1/4)