FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- Post-grad Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) concluded his collegiate career in dramatic style on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the first Binghamton athlete ever to win a NCAA Division I championship. He won the pole vault title with a height of 18-0 1/2.
With the win, Quiller has now earned All-America honors three times during his career. He was second in the 2007 NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for fourth at the 2007 Outdoor Championships.
While Quiller is the first
Binghamton athlete to win an individual Division I championships,
there were 11 other such winners prior to the athletic department's
transition to the Division I level in 2001. Binghamton had 10
individual national champions during its NCAA Division III era
(until 1998). Six of those wins were in track & field, all
under current head coach Mike Thompson. The other four champions
were in wrestling.
We are very proud of Rory Quiller, said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. He is a talented student and a record-setting athlete. Rory has represented Binghamton University at the highest level against national competitors from long-established programs. Our entire campus community is proud of the skill, determination, and winning spirit that he has demonstrated this season.
"Speaking for myself and for the entire athletic department, we couldn't be prouder of Rory's accomplishments as a student-athlete at Binghamton University," Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Thirer said. "It's been an absolute pleasure to have been associated with Rory throughout his academic and athletic years at Binghamton. I'm delighted that he has enjoyed such great athletic success as a result of his hard work and dedication to his sport, while maintaining an outstanding record in the classroom. And, just as importantly, it couldn't happen to a nicer young man."
In addition to becoming the first Binghamton athlete to win a NCAA Division I title, Quiller is also the first America East Conference athlete to win a national championship in its 29-year history.
"Rory's legacy is now secured in America East Conference history," America East Commissioner Patrick Nero said. "His accomplishments were tremendous before this NCAA Championship, now he will always be remembered within the conference as our first individual national champion. He becomes the standard for all the student-athletes that will follow him."