For Immediate Release: March 8, 2011
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BU men's track ranks fourth in final USTFCCCA Northeast Region Indoor Poll
Bearcats record best Division I program ranking during indoor season

Complete USTFCCCA Polls

VESTAL, N.Y.-- The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) has released its final Division I polls of the 2011 indoor season and the Binghamton men's squad is ranked fourth in the Northeast Region. The Bearcats placed second at the America East Championships last month and will have an athlete compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the fifth year in a row.

The fourth-place ranking is the highest in the program's 10 years as a Division I program. Binghamton's previous-best indoor ranking was sixth last season.

Under the leadership of head coach Mike Thompson and assistant coaches Annette Acuff, Natilee Dawkins and Gabe Fletcher, the Bearcats won three individual titles and one relay crown at the conference meet. In addition, Binghamton had 10 athletes earn all-conference honors and three individuals record top-eight finishes at the IC4A Championships this past weekend. Furthermore, Binghamton earned America East Men's Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second time in four seasons.

Leading the charge for Binghamton this year has been senior Erik van Ingen, who yesterday was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year. The Most Outstanding Men's Track Athlete of the America East meet, van Ingen will compete in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday at Texas A&M University.

With van Ingen advancing to the NCAA meet for the second year in a row, Binghamton has now had an athlete compete at the meet five consecutive seasons as well as in six of the past seven years. Rory Quiller won the pole vault at the 2008 meet, was the runner up in 2007 and also took part in the 2005 championships. Current senior Cazal Arnett qualified in the 400 in 2009.

Arnett, who was the Most Outstanding Men's Track Performer in the previous two America East Indoor meets, anchored the record-setting 4x400 relay team at this year's championships. He and fellow seniors Christian Smith and Andy Haupt as well as sophomore Casey Gilbert recorded a meet-record time of 3:11.58, breaking Albany's 2009 mark of 3:11.77.

In addition to being part of the America East Coaching Staff of the Year, Acuff was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year yesterday. Besides van Ingen's accomplishments, her distance runners scored 68 points at the America East meet and seven points at the IC4A Championships.
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