Release: February 21, 2009
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Men finish second, women sixth at America East Indoor Track Championships
BOSTON, Mass.-- Sophomore Cazal Arnett was named the Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer, highlighting Binghamton's showing at the second and final day of the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center. The Bearcat men were the runner up for the second year in a row while the women were sixth out of nine teams.
Arnett, who was also given the Coaches' Award for scoring the most points at the meet, swept the 200 and 400 titles for the second year in a row with times of 21.41 and 46.96 respectively. His 400 time met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard (47.25) and smashed his old school record of 47.34, which he set last night in the preliminary round. In the 200, Arnett met the IC4A qualifying standard and broke his old school record of 21.52 which he also set on Friday evening in the preliminaries.
Also meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the second meet in a row was sophomore Erik van Ingen in the mile. He placed second with a time of 4:03.26. At the Collegiate Invitational two weeks ago, he was third with a time of 4:02.39. Binghamton's other runner up finisher was senior Dan Walker in the 55 (6;53).
Junior Jimmy Massar placed third in the 500 and broke his own school record with a time of 1:04.24. Like Arnett, his previous mark of 1:04.43 was set in the preliminaries Friday night. Junior Chris Gaube, who won the men's 5,000 last night, followed up with a third-place finish in the 3,000 (8:26.56).
The men's final school record was set by Michael Schieck, who was sixth in the 1,000 (2:27.42). The old mark of 2:30.62 was set by Kevin Kirk in 2002.
On the women's side, sophomore Rosie DeFino was the top finisher, placing third in the pentathlon (3,149). Senior Marsha Fiesinger was fourth in the same event (3,118).
Junior Caitlin Wright was fourth in the 800 and set the school record with a time of 2:14.74. The old mark of 2:15.62 was set by Joy Romulus in 2004.
The ECAC/IC4A Championships will be held March 7-8 at Boston University.
PLEASE NOTE: The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 13-14 at Texas A&M University. The top 16-24 performers in each event will qualify for the championships, provided they have met the provisional standard. The final list of entrees will be released following the weekend of March 7-8 ... Arnett now has five career America East individual championships, four of which have come during the indoor season. He is now tied with former NCAA champion Rory Quiller (2003-08) for the most America East Conference titles in Binghamton program history. Arnett was the America East Rookie of the Meet at both the indoor and outdoor championships.
MEN'S TOP FINISHERS
Cazal Arnett, 1st, 400 (46.96), SR, NCAA, IC4A
Cazal Arentt, 1st, 200 (21.41) SR, IC4A
Eric van Ingen, 2nd, Mile (4:03.26) NCAA, IC4A
Dan Walker, 2nd, 55 (6.53)
Jimmy Massar, 3rd, 500 (1:04.24) SR, IC4A
Chris Gaube, 3rd, 3000 (8:26.56) IC4A
Junior Obionwu, 4th, 400 (49.19) IC4A
Chris Kowalski, 4th, Heptathlon (4,659)
Jesse Fuca, 4th, 55 Hurdles (7.81)
Jesse McCormick, 4th, 800 (1:56.61) IC4A
Joanel Lopez, 4th, Shot Put (51-1)
Christian Smith, 5th, 500 (1:04.57)
Andy Haupt, 5th, 400 (49.22)
Nelson Hall, 5th, High Jump (6-4)
Michael Schieck, 6th, 1000 (2:27.42) SR, IC4A
Chris Veney, 7th, Triple Jump (40-9.50)
WOMEN'S TOP FINISHERS
Rosie DeFino, 3rd, Pentathlon (3,149)
Caitlin Wright, 4th, 800 (2:14.74) SR
Marsha Fiesinger, 4th, Pentathlon (3,118)
Hana Wright, 5th, 500 (1:16.76)
Shannon Finnegan, 6th, Mile (5:06.51)
Alice O'Dell, 6th, High Jump (5-0.25)
Kaitlin Sullivan, 7th, 55 Hurdles (8.64)
Michelle Eberhart, 7th, Triple Jump (37-2.50)
Sarah Mikulski, 8th, 55 Hurdles (8.73)
Lindsay Nygren, 8th, 500 (1:17.57)
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