Release: May 31, 2011
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van Ingen advances to NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
Senior distance runner to take part in fifth career national college meet
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior Erik van Ingen, has advanced to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in the 1,500. By placing 10th overall at the NCAA East Regional Meet this past weekend at Indiana University, he earned his way to Drake University, where he will compete in the four day national meet, which gets started on June 9.
van Ingen won the second of four preliminary heats at the NCAA East Regional Meet on Thursday (3:49.73). He then finished fifth in the second of two final heats on Saturday (3:49.22) to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. The top five finishers in the final heats, along with the next two fastest overall times, advanced out of the East Region (12 total).
On Thursday, June 9, van Ingen will run in the national semifinals of the 1,500 at 7:15 EST. The finals will be on Saturday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST.
The 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships marks the fifth time in his career that van Ingen has advanced to a national college meet. He has qualified for the past two Division I cross country championships as well as the two most recent indoor track championships. van Ingen earned first-team All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the mile at the 2011 Indoor Championships back in March.
Sophomore Jeff Martinez nearly joined van Ingen in advancing to the outdoor national meet, placing 16th overall in the 10,000 at the East Regional Meet on Thursday with a time of 29:35.48. That shattered his 2010 school record by 13 seconds and was just 10 seconds away from the 12th and final qualification spot. Martinez, who is the two-time defending America East champion in the 10,000, was ranked No. 26 heading into the East Region Meet.
Heading into the NCAA East Region Meet, junior Robb Quiller was ranked 48th, having secured the last spot only after a few competitors withdrew. He more than made up for his seeding, placing 21st overall with a career-best jump of 16-6.
Making his first appearance at the NCAA East Regional Meet was senior Adam Quinn, who was 34th in the 3,000 Steeplechase (9:09.39). He was seeded No. 42 heading into the meet.
NOTE: There was no team scoring kept at the NCAA East Regional Meet ... the USTFCCCA will continue to award All-America honors based on the following criteria: Those individuals and relay teams which finish in places 1-8 at a NCAA Track & Field Championship will earn USTFCCCA First-Team All-America honors. Those individuals and relays that place between nine and 16 overall (including ties) will earn USTFCCCA Second-Team All-America honors. Those who do not meet the criteria above, but participate at least a round of the finals site for an NCAA Championship will be listed as Honorable Mention All-America.
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