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Van Ingen places sixth in 1,500 at NCAA Championships
Senior distance runner assured of second career first-team All-America honor.
June 11, 2011
Senior Erik van Ingen finished sixth in the men’s 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 11 at Drake University in Iowa. By finishing in the top eight, van Ingen earns first-team All-America honors for the second time in his career.
Seeded 11th heading into the 12-runner final, van Ingen finished with a furious kick down the stretch to clock a time of 3:44.71. In the process, he edged out NCAA Indoor Champion Miles Batty of BYU, who was seventh (3:45.07). Matthew Centrowitz of Oregon won the event (3:42.54), followed by Dorian Ulrey of Arkansas (3:43.06) and Abdi Hassan of Arizona (3:43.95).
“When you finish sixth in the nation and beat guys like (Batty), that is sweet,” Binghamton University head coach Annette Acuff said. “Erik ran a smart race and to get All-America twice in a year is pretty awesome.”
The race closed out a banner year for van Ingen. He was fifth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships back in March and placed a career-best 43rd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships back in November.
Van Ingen will join Rory Quiller as the only Binghamton athlete to earn multiple Division I All-America honors. Quiller was a three-time All-American and captured the national championship at the 2008 Indoor Meet. Van Ingen’s fifth-place performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships clinched his first career All-America honor.
The 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships marks the fifth time in his career that van Ingen has competed at a NCAA Division I national meet. He also advanced to the 2009 Cross Country Meet and the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.