Release: March 11, 2008
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heads to NCAA Indoor Championship for final collegiate meet
Mass. -- Graduate student Rory
Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) concludes his prolific college
career on Friday evening at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field
Championships at the University of Arkansas. He will compete
in the men's pole vault, which starts at 8 p.m. EST.
Including the meet this week, Quiller is a five-time NCAA qualifier
and a two-time All-American. Friday will mark his third appearance
at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He has also advanced to the
NCAA Outdoor Championships the past two years. At least season's
indoor meet, Quiller placed second with a then lifetime-best
jump of 18-0 1/2. He tied for fourth at the 2007 outdoor meet
Heading into this year's NCAA Indoor Championships, Quiller has
broken his lifetime-best height three times in the past month.
Most recently, he won the IC4A title this past Saturday with
a height of 18-6 1/2. Two weeks earlier, he placed second at
the U.S. National Indoor Meet (18-4 1/2) behind current world
champion Brad Walker.
Quiller is seeking to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which
will be held June 27-July 6 in Eugene, Oregon. He has already
met the provisional standard of 18-0 ½ and is closing
in on the automatic standard of 18-8 1/4. The top 24 athletes
will qualify for the Olympic Trials, provided they have made
the provisional height. All athletes who meet the automatic standard,
however, will advance to the Olympic Trials, even if there are
more than 24 who do such.
Monday, Quiller was named the Northeast Regional Field Event
Athlete of the Year for the indoor track season by the College
Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Last spring, he received the same honor during the outdoor season.