For Immediate Release: March 12, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton track & field programs ink four high school standouts

VESTAL, N.Y.-- The Binghamton track & field teams have announced the signings of four high school seniors. The two men and two women will join the Bearcats for their freshman seasons in 2008-09.

Robb Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) is a pole vaulter from James I O’Neill High School. His older brother Rory is currently a graduate student at Binghamton and will compete in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships on Friday. Robb Quiller captured the New York State Indoor title in the pole vault this past weekend (16-1). He also is the current Section IX champion and record holder in the same event.

“Robb is a solid technical pole vaulter who has the athletic ability to compete at the national level in college," head coach Mike Thompson said. "He is an intense competitor and has one of the best takeoffs I have ever seen in a high school athlete.”

Eric VanAernam (Gardiner, N.Y.) is a pole vaulter from Wallkill High School. He placed third at the New York Indoor State Meet and is the Section IX Class A champion. VanAernam's personal best is 15-0.

“Eric is tall and fast and has the tools necessary to become a national-level competitor in the pole vault at Binghamton," head coach Mike Thompson said. He is capable of holding high and could really break out in the near future.”

Samantha Howell (Vestal, N.Y.) is a sprinter from nearby Vestal High School. She is the three-time defending Section IV champion in the 400 and placed sixth in the same event at the 2006 New York State Federation Meet. Her personal best in the 400 is 56.8.

“Samantha is an aggressive runner who has been competing at a high level her entire high school career," Thompson said. "She has a great attitude and work ethic and we look for her to make an immediate impact in the America East Conference.”

Jessica Conter (Glendale, N.Y.) competes in the sprints, jumps and hurdle events at Archbishop Molloy High School. She recently captured the CHSAA City indoor titles in both the 55 hurdles and the long jump. Her personal best are 8.99 in the 55 hurdles, 17-2 1/4 in the long jump and 25.9 in the 200. Conter has also posted a score of 3,550 in the heptathlon.

“Jessica is a well-rounded athlete with very good natural speed," Thompson said. "She will train for the heptathlon in college and could contend for the America East Conference pentathlon and heptathlon titles in the near future.”

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