Immediate Release: March 9, 2007
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Quiller places second in pole vault, earns All-America honors at NCAA Indoor Championships
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- Senior pole vaulter Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) became the first Binghamton track & field athlete to earn Division I All-America honors as he placed second in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night at the University of Arkansas. The top eight finishers in each individual event are named All-American.
Quiller's jump of 18-0 1/2 breaks his own school record. Moreover, it is the highest individual finish ever recorded by a Bingamton athlete at a NCAA Division I championship.
"Rory did a really good job today of handling the pressure of a big meet," head Mike Thompson. "He had a good chance to win it but considering it was his only his third appearance at the NCAA meet, he was terrific."
Quiller is Binghamton's fourth All-American since the athletic department moved up to the NCAA Division I level in 2001. Women's swimmer Yun Qu earned the accolade in the 200 butterfly at the 2002 NCAA Championships. In 2004, men's lacrosse goalie Kevin McKeown was named an honorable mention All-American by the USILA. In addition, men's soccer player Graham Munro was named a third-team All-American by College Soccer news in 2005.
Friday's performance marked Quiller's third trip to a NCAA Championship meet. As a sophomore, he advanced to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Meet (also held in Arkansas) and placed 12th overall. Last spring, he advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Meet in Sacramento, Calif. and placed 13th.
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