Release: March 12, 2011
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Ingen places fifth in the mile at NCAA Indoor Track Championships
Region's top runner will be named USTFCCCA First-Team All-American
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-- Senior Erik
van Ingen placed fifth overall in the finals of the mile
at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The two-day event is being hosted by Texas A&M University.
van Ingen finished with a time of 4:01.25 in a race won by Miles
Batty of BYU (3:59.49). The top eight finishers in the race will
be named USTFCCCA First-Team All-Americans on Monday. The remaining
eight runners who took part in the meet will be named USTFCCCA
van Ingen is the first Binghamton track & field athlete to
earn All-America honors since Rory Quiller won the 2008 NCAA
Indoor pole vault title. Quiller was also second in the 2007
indoor meet and fourth in that year's outdoor championships in
the same event.
"We are really happy for Erik," assistant track coach
Annette Acuff said. "This was a very elite group of runners
who were in the mile and to make it all the way to the finals
at nationals and finish top-five is amazing. So many things have
to fall into place. Erik came out here today and got it done."
van Ingen will also become the seventh Binghamton athlete to
earn All-America honors in Binghamton's 10-year NCAA Division
I history. Yun Qu (women's swimming, 2002), Kevin McKeown (men's
lacrosse, 2004), Graham Munro (men's soccer, 2005), John Patterson
(wrestling, 2009) and Justin Lister (wrestling, 2010) join Quiller
as the other previous selections.
Prior to this weekend, van Ingen had competed at a NCAA Championship
meet three times in his career but this was the first meet in
which he will have earned All-America honors. He competed at
the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Cross Country meets, placing a career-best
43rd this past fall. Unfortunately, he missed All-America honors
by three spots.
This weekend marks a stark contrast to the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship
meet, which was the other national meet van Ingen took part in.
He placed 11th overall in the trials with a time of 4:03.72 but
was the fastest runner not to qualify for the finals. Yesterday,
he was the 10th and final runner to qualify for the finals, recording
a time of 4:01.39.
van Ingen concludes a historic indoor track season, which included
being named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men's Track Athlete
of the Year earlier this week. Last month, he was named the Most
Outstanding Men's Track Performer at the America East Indoor
Championships, where he captured both the 1,000 and 5,000. His
most impressive feat, however, was winning the mile at the Boston/Valentine's
Meet with a lifetime-best time of 3:57.11. It was the fifth-fastest
time recorded in the NCAA this indoor season.
The 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships marks the fifth consecutive
year, and sixth time in the past seven seasons, that Binghamton
had a men's track athlete advance to the meet. In addition to
van Ingen, Quiller qualified for the 2005, 2007 and 2008 championships
in the pole vault and current senior Cazal
Arnett made the cut in 400 back in 2009.
stands for United States Track & Field and Cross Country