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Van Ingen places seventh in finals of mile at NCAA Indoor Track Championships

Senior clocks time of 4:02.70, clinches third career All-America honor

March 10, 2012


Van Ingen places seventh in finals of mile at NCAA Indoor Track Championships

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NAMPA, Idaho – Senior Erik van Ingen finishes seventh in the mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday evening at the Jackson Indoor Track Center. In the process, he earned first-team All-America honors for the third time in his career.

Chris O’Hare of Tulsa won the event with a time of 4:01.66. Rich Peters of Boston University was second (4:01.78) and 2011 champion Miles Batty of BYU was third (4:01.86). van Ingen, meanwhile, clocked a time of 4:02.70. The separation between the top eight finishers was 1.24 seconds, all of whom will earn first-team All-America honors when the USTFCCCA releases their list on Monday.

Van Ingen ties Rory Quiller for the most NCAA Division I honors in Binghamton program history. In 2011, van Ingen was fifth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships and sixth in the 1,500 at the ensuing outdoor championships. Quiller, meanwhile, was second at the 2007 indoor meet at the pole vault, tied for fourth at the 2007 outdoor champioships and won the event at the 2008 indoor meet.

Van Ingen and Quiller are two of seven Binghamton athletes to have earned NCAA Division I All-America honors during their careers. They are joined by Yun Qu (women’s swimming in 2002), Kevin McKeown (men’s lacrosse in 2004), Graham Munro (men’s soccer in 2005), Josh Patterson (wrestling in 2009) and Justin Lister (wrestling in 2010). Lister will compete in the NCAA Wrestling Championships next weekend in St. Louis.

NOTE: Binghamton finished 56th in the team standings, marking the fourth time since 2007 that it has scored points at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.

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