Release: February 12, 2011
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van Ingen clocks first-place time of 3:57.11 in mile at Boston/ Valentine's Meet, qualifies for NCAA Championships
Senior records second-fastest time in the nation during current indoor season
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior Erik van Ingen won the mile with a school-record and NCAA-qualifying time of 3:57.11 in the mile, highlighting Binghamton's performance at the Boston University/Valentine's Meet on Saturday afternoon. In addition to meeting the automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Indoor Championships, van Ingen recorded the second-fastest time in the nation so far this track season.
In a blistering field, van Ingen was one of five runners to go under the NCAA-qualifying standard of 3:59.00. He outlasted 2010 All-American Riley Masters of Maine, who was second in 3:58.17, and third-place finisher Rich Peters of host Boston University (3:58.26). Julian Matthews of Providence (3:58.57) was fourth and Macklin Chafee of Raggid Mountain (3:58.80) was fifth.
"Erik's performance was a long time coming," head coach Annette Acuff said. "We have been shooting for this time for the last year. He took off the final lap and looked great down the stretch."
The top time in the nation is currently 3:54.59, set by Casey Patrick of Montana State on Feb. 4 at the Montana State Duel Meet. Before this weekend, only three other runners had broken the 3:59.00 mark this year.
van Ingen also broke his own school record of 3:59.41, which he set on Jan. 31, 2010 at the Penn State Open. He went on to place ninth overall at the NCAA Indoor Championships last March.
The 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, which will be held March 11-12 at the University of Arkansas, will mark the fourth time in his career that van Ingen has run at a national meet. In addition to his two indoor track appearances, he has also run the past two NCAA Division I Cross Country championships. In November, he placed 43rd overall, missing All-America honors by just three places.
Binghamton heads to the America East Championships next weekend. Boston will also be hosting that meet.
NOTES: van Ingen currently has three career conference titles. He is the defending indoor champion in the mile and also captured the outdoor 1,500 in 2009. In cross country, van Ingen won the 2009 individual title as the Bearcats captured their first-ever America East crown.
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