Release: March 7, 2011
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van Ingen, Acuff earn Northeast Region honors from USTFCCCA
van Ingen named top men's regional runner, Acuff tabbed top men's assistant coach
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior Erik van Ingen has been named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. In addition, assistant coach Annette Acuff has been named the region's Men's Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year. The announcements were made on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country College Coaches' Association.
Van Ingen shredded the Binghamton record books this indoor season, resetting school records in the 1,000, the mile and 3,000. His top time in the mile of 3:57.11 currently ranks fifth nationally. Last month, he won America East Conference Most Outstanding Track Performer honors after earning conference titles in the 1,000 and 5,000.
This Friday, van Ingen heads to Texas A&M for the NCAA Indoor Track Championships, where he will compete in the mile. It marks the fourth time in his career at Binghamton that van Ingen has advanced to a NCAA Championship Meet. In addition to last season's indoor meet, he has also qualified for the past two NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
Including his two wins at the America East meet last month, van Ingen has now captured five individual conference titles. He also claimed the 2009 outdoor title in the mile, the 2009 individual cross country championship and the 2010 indoor crown in the mile. In addition, van Ingen also has earned All-Northeast Region honors in cross country the past two seasons and was sixth in the mile at the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championships.
In her 11th season as an assistant coach at Binghamton, Acuff played an intergral role in the continued success of the Bearcat distance runners. In addition to van Ingen's accomplishments, her distance runners scored 68 points at the America East meet en route to a second-place team finish. She was part of the America East Coaching Staff of the Year for the second time in four seasons.
Acuff has also been instrumental as the head coach of the Binghamton cross country programs. Under her leadership, the Bearcat men captured the 2009 America East championship and were the runner up this past fall. In the past three seasons, Binghamton has produced one individual conference champion and eight all-conference selections.
This marks the third time that a Binghamton track athlete has earned a major Northeast Region honor from the USTFCCCA. Rory Quiller was named the top field athlete of the 2007 outdoor and 2008 indoor seasons.
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