Binghamton's Quiller captures NCAA pole vault title

National title is first in any sport for BU at Division I level

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- Post-grad Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) concluded his collegiate career in dramatic style on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the first Binghamton athlete ever to win a NCAA Division I championship. He won the pole vault title with a height of 18-0 1/2.

With the win, Quiller has now earned All-America honors three times during his career. He was second in the 2007 NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for fourth at the 2007 Outdoor Championships.

“We are very proud of Rory Quiller,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “He is a talented student and a record-setting athlete. Rory has represented Binghamton University at the highest level against national competitors from long-established programs. Our entire campus community is proud of the skill, determination, and winning spirit that he has demonstrated this season.”

In addition to becoming the first Binghamton athlete to win a NCAA Division I title, Quiller is also the first America East Conference athlete to win a national championship in its 29-year history.

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Multimedia Archive
Quiller meets with members of local media (3.18.08): Fox40 --- News10 --- WBNG Sports Spotlight
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+ Watch U.S. National Indoor Championship highlights here
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+ Watch National Ad Here + (For a higher resolution version of video)
+ Quiller's winning jump at NCAA East Region Outdoor Championships (5.25.07)
+ OVER THE TOP: Multimedia slideshow (Press & Sun-Bulletin; 3.8.07)
• 2008 NCAA Division I Indoor Pole Vault Champion
• Three-time All-American (2007 and 2008 NCAA Indoor, 2007 NCAA Outdoor)
• Five-time NCAA qualifier (2005, 2007 and 2008 Indoor, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Outdoor)
• Two-time NCAA Northeast Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year (2007 and 2008)
• Holds the NCAA East Region Outdoor Pole Vault Record (18-1)
• Three-time IC4A Pole Vault Champion (2007 and 2008 Indoor, 2007 Outdoor)
• Holds the America East Conference Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vault Records
• Two-time America East Conference Most Outstanding Field Athlete (2005 and 2007)
• Six-time America East Pole Vault Champion (2004-05 & 2007-08 Indoor, 2005 & 2007 Outdoor)
• Nine-time America East All-Conference Selection
• Eight-time America East Men’s Field Athlete of the Week Selection
• Two-time Binghamton University Male Athlete of the Year (2005 and 2007)
• Three-time Binghamton University Men’s Track & Field Team MVP (2004, 2005 and 2007)
• Holds the Binghamton Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vault Records (18-6 1/2 and 18-1 respectively)

• The 2006-07 America East Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Regional and National Academic All-America Teams
• Named to the 2007 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association All-Academic Team
• Named to the America East Winter Academic Team in 2007 and 2008
• Named to the America East Spring Academic Team in 2006 and 2007
• Named to the America East Spring Honor Roll in 2004-07.
• SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award in 2005 and 2007
• 2007 ECAC Merit Medal Recipient
• Inducted into the Binghamton Athletic Honor Society in 2006
July 16, 2003 - Signs National Letter of Intent to join BU's track and program
February 20, 2004 - Captures first pole vault title at America East Indoor Championships
January 23, 2005 - Qualifies for first national meet
February 19, 2005 - Named leagues' top field athlete at 2005 indoor meet
March 11, 2005 - Finishes 12th at 2005 NCAA Indoor Championship in Arkansas
June 7, 2006 - Takes 13th at 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championship in Sacramento
March 9, 2007 - Earns runnerup honors at 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships
May 25, 2007 - Wins NCAA East regional with record-breaking effort
June 8, 2007 - Earns All-America honors with fourth-place tie at NCAA Outdoor Championships
August 14, 2007 - Named America East Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year
 February 23, 2008 - Places second at U.S. Indoor Championships
March 9, 2008 - Jumps a life-time best 18-6 1/2 to win IC4A event
March 10, 2008 - Brother, Robb, signs NLI to join BU track program beginning in 08-09
 March 14, 2008 - Becomes first BU athlete to win DI title, takes pole vault in final NCAA appearance