For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian(
Phone: 607-777-6478

Arnett for NCAA Indoor Track Championships in 400

NCAA Championship Entry List

VESTAL, N.Y..-- Sophomore Cazal Arnett has qualified for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 400. The two-day meet will be held this coming Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M University.

Arnett is seeded ninth out of 16 runners with a time of 46.34. The top time of 45.80 is held by senior Gakologelwang Masheto of Illinois. On Friday at 6:15 p.m. EST, the preliminaries will take place. The top eight runners will advance to the finals on Saturday at 6:50 EST.

This past weekend, Arnett all but clinched a spot at the NCAA meet when he clocked a first-place time of 46.34 at the IC4A Championships. Two weeks earlier, he was named the America East Most Outstanding Men's Track Athlete at the conference meet.

"Cazal has looked very good the last two meets," head coach Mike Thompson said. "He handles the pressure of big meets very well. It will be exciting to see how he does this weekend."

Fellow sophomore Erik van Ingen had hoped to join Arnett at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He meet the NCAA provisional standard in the mile three times this season, including a school-record performance of 4:01.59 this past Saturday at the Notre Dame Invitational. In the end, however, the NCAA took 14 runners, with the cutoff time being 4:00.11.

This marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Binghamton men's track & field program has sent an athlete to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Rory Quiller won the pole vault last year and was the runner up in 2007. He also advanced to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.
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