Release: March 8, 2009
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Arnett wins 400 at ECAC/IC4A Meet, meets qualifying standard for NCAA Championships
BOSTON, Mass.-- Sophomore Cazal Arnett won the 400 and helped the 4x400 place fifth, highlighting Binghamton's performance at the final day of the ECAC/IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Center. The Bearcat men's team placed 14th overall, their highest finish ever at an ECAC/IC4A meet since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 2001.
Arnett shattered his own school record with a time of 46.34. That meets the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which 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 on Monday.
The previous school record of 46.96 was set by Arnett at the America East Indoor Championships two weeks ago.
Later in the meet, Arnett joined junior Jimmy Massar and sophomores Christian Smith and Andy Haupt to clock a time of 3:13.41 in the 4x400 relay. Binghamton's other point scorer was freshman Michael Schieck, who was sixth in the 1,000 (2:27.10).
Arnett and fellow sophomore Erik van Ingen now await Monday's final selections for the NCAA Championships. van Ingen placed sixth in the mile at the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday with a school-record time of 4:01.59.
PLEASE NOTE: Arnett is the second Binghamton track & field athlete to win an individual event at the ECAC/IC4A meet. Former NCAA champion Rory Quiller won the 2007 and 2008 indoor pole vault event as well as the 2007 outdoor title.
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