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van Ingen honored for All-American performance
Acuff also recognized for coaching accolades during indoor track season
March 30, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior Erik van Ingen was honored today by Binghamton University for his recent All-America performance at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. With a fifth-place finish in the men’s mile, he became the seventh athlete in Binghamton’s 10-year Division I history to earn All-America honors. Also earning recognition for her coaching awards during the recent indoor track season was assistant coach Annette Acuff. The ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at the Events Center
In addition to receiving congratulations from Binghamton President Dr. Peter Magrath and Interim Athletic Director Jim Norris, several dignitaries sent proclamations, including New York State Senator Tom Libous, New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Binghamton mayor Matt Ryan. In addition, representing Broome County Government at the ceremony was Deputy County Executive Patrick Brennan.
At the conclusion of the event, van Ingen, Acuff, Norris and head track & field coach Mike Thompson unveiled the All-America photo of van Ingen that will hang in the Events Center along with those of the six previous Binghamton Division I All-Americans.
van Ingen’s All-American performance concluded a historic indoor track season, which included him being named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. In addition, he was named the Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer at the America East Indoor Championships, where he captured both the 1,000 and 5,000. His most impressive feat, however, was winning the mile at the Boston/Valentine’s Meet with a lifetime-best time of 3:57.11. It was the fifth-fastest time recorded in the NCAA this indoor season.
Since transferring to Binghamton from Canisius College in January 2008, van Ingen has won three America East individual championships during the indoor season and one during the outdoor season. He was also the conference’s 2009 cross country champion.
van Ingen has now advanced to two straight NCAA Indoor Track Championships. He has also advanced to the 2009 and 2010 NCAA cross country championships and was 43rd overall at the meet last November.
Acuff, meanwhile, was named the 2011 USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Indoor Track Assistant Coach of the Year. She was also part of the America East Men’s Indoor Track Coaching Staff of the Year for the second time in four seasons (the first time coming in 2008). Hired in 2000 Binghamton’s Head Cross Country and Assistant Track Coach, she led the Bearcat men’s squad to the 2009 America East Cross Country title as well as a runner-up finish this past fall.
van Ingen joins an elite group of six other Binghamton student-athletes who have been Division I All-Americans. It includes Yun Qu (women’s swimming, 2002), Kevin McKeown (men’s lacrosse, 2004), Graham Munro (men’s soccer, 2005), Rory Quiller (men’s track & field, 2007 and 2008), Josh Patterson (wrestling, 2009) and Justin Lister (wrestling, 2010).
Qu and Lister were present at the ceremony while McKeown, Munro, Quiller and Patterson all sent congratulatory greetings that were given to van Ingen at the event.