Release: November 14, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (email@example.com)
Ingen qualifies for NCAA Championships with seventh-place finish
at Northeast Regional Meet
BOSTON, Mass. -- Junior Erik
van Ingen became the first Binghamton runner ever to
qualify for the NCAA Division I championships, highlighting the
Bearcats' showing at the Northeast Regional Meet on Saturday
at Franklin Park. In the team standings, Binghamton was a program-best
eighth out of 36 teams in the men's race and placed 26th out
of 35 squads in the women's meet.
After capturing the America East individual title two weeks ago,
van Ingen finished seventh overall (out of 243 runners)
on Saturday. He covered the 10,000-meter course in a time of
31:17. In the process, van Ingen becomes just the third runner
from any America East Conference school to qualify for the NCAA
Championships in the last 10 years and the first since Jochen
Dikefoss of Boston University made four consecutive trips from
Including the Northeast Meet, there were nine regional championships
at the NCAA Division I level on Saturday. The top two teams from
each meet along with the top four individual not on the top two
teams all earned spots at the NCAA National Championship. Iona
and Providence were the top two men's teams at the Northeast
Meet. van Ingen, meanwhile, was the fourth-highest finisher to
qualify as an individual.
The NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship will
hosted by Indiana State University on Monday, Nov. 23. The meet,
which starts with the men's race at noon, will be televised live
van Ingen is also the first Binghamton runner to qualify for
the NCAA Cross Country Championships at any Division level since
Art Gunther made three straight appearnaces appearances at the
Division III meet from 1990-92. Binghamton moved up to the NCAA
Division II level in 1998 and the NCAA Division I level in 2001.
By finishing in the top 25, van Ingen also became the first Binghamton
men's runner to be named to the All-Northeast Region team. As
a team, the Bearcats came into the meet ranked a program-best
ninth in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country
Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast Region Poll.
Graduate student Chris
Gaube finished 38th (32:36), freshman Jeff
Martinez was 67th (33:14), junior Adam
Quinn was 71st (33:16) and junior Casey
Quaglia came in 71st (33:20).
In the women's meet, freshman Rachel
Miura was 82nd overall in the 6,000-meter race with a
time of 24:13. Fellow freshman Lindsay
Raulli was 126th (24:49).
NOTE: In addition to the 18 teams and 36 individuals who
earn automatic spots, there will be an additional 13 teams and
two individual who will earn at-large bids to the NCAA Championships.
The at-large bids will be extended on Sunday ... while the Binghamton
men's team has yet to have an All-Northeast Region runner, Katie
Radzik placed 23rd in the 2005 women's race and was 25th the