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For Immediate Release: January 30, 2010
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

van Ingen breaks four-minute mile barrier, captures Penn State National Open title

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- Junior Erik van Ingen made history on Saturday at the Penn State National Indoor Track Open, as he became the first Binghamton athlete ever to break four minutes in the mile. He won the event in a time of 3:59.58.

van Ingen broke his own school record by over two seconds. He set the previous school mark of 4:01.59 at the Notre Dame Indoor Invitational on March 4, 2009.

The NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the mile is 4:03.50. Last year, van Ingen reached the provisional qualifying time three times, but just missed making the final cutoff time to the NCAA Championships.

The NCAA automatic qualifying standard is 3:59.00. Last year, each runner who broke four minutes advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships.

"The four-minute mile is one of the great barriers in track and field," head coach Mike Thompson said. "Erik's performance today was pheonominal and ranks right up there with Rory Quiller clearing 18 feet in the pole vault (during his career at Binghamton."

"This race takes a lot of pressure off of me because being under four minutes gives me a much better chance of making it to national than last year," van Ingen said.

If van Ingen makes the cutoff for the NCAA Indoor Championships, he would be the third Bearcat in history to qualify for the meet, joining Rory Quiller (2005, 2007 and 2008)and current junior Cazal Arnett (2009)

This year's NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Also on Saturday, freshman Jeff Martinez placed eighth in the 3,000 with a school record time of 8:23.65. The old mark of 8:26.15 was set by teammate Chris Gaube in 2008. Martinez is a 2009 graduate of Johnson City high school and was the 2009 NYS Federation Champion in the 3,200.

Junior Cazal Arnett was fifth in the 400 (47.78) and anchored the 4x400 relay team to a seventh-place finish (3:15.51). That team included juniors Andy Haupt and Christian Smith as well as freshman Zach Keefer. Both times met the IC4A qualifying standards.

The women's 4x400 relay team of senior Hana Wright, freshman Jessica Hennig, sophomore Samantha Howell and senior Jasmine Hinson placed 14th overall but did met the ECAC qualifying standard in the process with a time of 3:52.02.

TOP MEN'S FINISHERS

Erik van Ingen, 1st, Mile (3:59.58) SR, NCAA, IC4A
Adam Hellman, 2nd, Pole Vault (15-9) IC4A
Cazal Arnett, 5th, 400 (47.78) IC4A
4x400, 7th (3:15.51) IC4A
Haupt, Smith, Keefer, Arnett
John Slaven, 7th, Pole Vault (15-3)
Jeff Martinez, 8th, 3,000 (8:23.65) SR, IC4A

TOP WOMEN'S FINISHERS

4x400, 14th (3:52.02) IC4A
Hana Wright, Hennig, Howell, Hinson

COLGATE INVITATIONAL

Several other members of the track & field team were in action at the Colgate Invitational. The women placed second out of 17 teams at the meet while the men tied for fifth. Colgate swept both the men's and women's team titles.

For Binghamton, sophomore Kaitlin Sullivan won the women's 60 hurdles (9.31) while junior Nandi-Dozier Lewis took top honors in the triple jump (34-8). On the men's side, freshman Casey Gilbert was first in the 400 (50.03).

TOP MEN'S FINISHERS

Casey Gilbert, 1st, 400 (50.03)
Chris Veney, 3rd, Long Jump (20-7)
Chris Veney, 4th, Triple Jump (42-3)
Brendan Connell, 4th, 1,000 (2:32.64)
Jesse Fuca, 5th, 60 Hurdles (8.76)
Adam Quinn, 5th, 3,000 (8:44.55)
Jason Houghtaling, 3rd, 500 (1:07.81)
Karl Schnabl, 6th, 200 (23.19)

TOP WOMEN'S FININSHERS

Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 1st, Triple Jump (34-8)
Kaitlin Sullivan, 1st, 60 Hurdles (9.31)
Kelsey Branch, 2nd, Pole Vault (9-6)
Krystelle Patrice, 2nd, 200 (22.07)
Nandi Dozier-Lewis, 3rd, Long Jump (16-3)
Lauren Galasso, 3rd, High Jump (4-9)
Abigail Oakes, 3rd, Shot Put (37-3)
Maureen Metz, 3rd, 400 (1:01.55)
Sarah Veith, 3rd, 1,000 (2:26.51)
Abigail Oakes, 4th, Weight Throw (44-5)
Caitlin Wright, 6th, 800 (2:26.51)

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