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van Ingen named America East Men’s Track Performer of the Week
Men's track team moves up to ninth in latest USTFCCCA Northeast Region rankings
April 24, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Fifth year senior Erik van Ingen has been named the America East Men’s Track Performer of the Week for the fourth time this year and first time during the current outdoor season. In other Binghamton track news on Tuesday, the men’s team moved up five spots to ninth in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Top 15 Poll.
van Ingen earned the accolade with his sixth-place finish at the Mount Sac Relays this past Friday. His time of 3:40.94 smashed his own school record of 3:43.18 and met the “B” cut of 3:43.00 for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held June 21-July 1 in Eugene, Oregon. The automatic qualifying time for the 1,500 is 3:39.00.
“This was one of Erik’s best 1,500 races he’s run,” assistant coach Annette Acuff said. “We would have liked to see the race go out faster the first 800, but we were very pleased with how he ran tactically and his finishing speed over the last 700.”
van Ingen’s 1,500 time is the fastest this outdoor season in the Northeast Region. He also owns the second-fastest 800 time (1:49.17), trailing only freshman teammate Jesse Garn, who clocked a time of 1:49.16 at the Bucknell Outdoor Challenge last weekened.
Elsewhere on the men’s side. junior Casey Gilbert is ranked seventh in the Northeast Region in the 400 (48.36) and eighth in the 400 hurdles (53.69). Fifth-year senior Adam Quinn is sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:04.52), senior Chris Veney is seventh in the long jump (23-11) and fellow senior Robb Quiller is seventh in the pole vault (16-0 3/4).
On the women’s side, senior Kaitlin Sullivan is ranked eighth in the 400 hurdles (14.02).